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CAC International Day of Peace Event 2008
Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, was the 4th year the Cultural Arts
This year the event occurred at the home of Judy and Paul Butzine.
Jacqui Ceballos - Founder/President, Veteran Feminists of America and mother of Michele Ceballos, Opendance.
Comments and prose about the happening from Ira Weitz:
And it was really “Over - The - Top Special," that you presented both Irma Turtle & her new book,
When I lived in New York, I knew about Irma , and I admired her in the same way that I admired Jane Goodall & Mother Theresa. Now I have to pinch myself, because I can't believe that it's true that I actually interact with Irma, J - Mel, and their Peace People.
For the rest of this e - mail, I will just comment on some of the wonderful things which I observed, just in case some guests missed them.
A RESPECTED PARTNER
Melanie spoke to us,
THE G - MAN,
BEN GETS A TEN
THE CONGRESS LADY AND ETHNIC FOOD
GINO FROM EL PASO
NAF - MIBIA
THE FOOT PEOPLE
At the end, the others jumped in the pool,
"Peace is a 5 letter word, the best one J - Mel ever heard."
Ken Koshio is a very important international PEACE activist/artist who divides his time between Phoenix and Japan. He has performed with the CAC on multiple occasions. http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.event.42.32.shtml (to listen to his music and read more about Ken and his work)
Irma Turtle of TurtleWill (TurtleWill is dedicated to the improvement of the lives of traditional peoples in Ethiopia, Mali and Niger in a manner that is consistent with their traditions and cultures, through locally driven projects that maintain choice. http://www.turtlewill.org)
and Christy Puetz, Bead artist, teacher and program director for Beads of Courage - (mission statement: To promote the well-being of children coping with serious illness, and their families, by strengthening resilience-based protective processes. Beads of Courage, Inc. achieves its mission through the development and implementation of evidence-based supportive care programs in children’s hospitals across the nation. http://www.beadsofcourage.net/about.htm) reconnect.
Please read Irma's story of the Humanitarian work she organizes in Africa below through Turtle Will http://www.turtlewill.org
As the evening continues many visit and/or take time to fill their plates with food from Lalibella Ethiopian restaurant in Tempe while continuing to listen to the folk music of Ken’s Peace songs.
Professors, artists, teachers, community activists and community citizens all come together to share an evening of PEACE and togetherness.
Mitra Kamali enjoys the evening with other guests. Mitra is originally from Iran and along with her family fled the country to seek freedom and safety in the United States. Mitra has an opening of her art at SOCA Gallery on October 11. http://www.socagallery.com
All ages were present at this celebration of Diversity and Peace. Children as young as 3 weeks enjoyed the evening.
New faces were in attendance to experience the Wonder of this kind of Peaceful Happening and the networking capacity of participants from the Cultural Arts Coalition.
Following Ken’s Peace inspiring music Ben Boomer, a Navajo Shaman, provided the Blessing for the evening!
Ben Boomer gave honor to our being together and discussed our place on this planet, acknowledging the 7 directions and our lives as metaphors for those planes of the earth, underworld and the heavens.
Fire and smoke mingle to ground a space of reverence, and create an inclusive atmosphere of creative collaboration and the uniting of all of us in community on Mother Earth. - Ben
From the stillness and quiet of the Blessing the beating of the drums to connect all of us to the Heart Beat of the Earth occurred. Keith Johnson, percussion artist and story teller is not only a performer but a teacher. He is an artist in residence traveling to schools throughout the state through programs funded in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture.
Muslimah Halmeed dances with the Kawambe-Omowale dancers http://www.kawambe-omowaleafricandrumanddance.com/ each Saturday at East Lake Park. It has been the honor of the CAC to also work with Muslimah in school settings throughout the greater Phoenix area.
This part of the evening was totally interactive. Muslimah inspired everyone, linking us to nature’s natural flows, through joyful movement in sync with the beating of the drums.
A clash of cultures between Hip Hop and African Dance was a natural interaction during the evening, woven together in harmony and balance.
For those who chose to sit, Shekeres were provided!
4 generations of women are captured in this image (3 of the females including the baby are from the same family).
It was also a night to make a formal announcement that the Cultural Arts Coalition has applied to the IRS for its own non-profit status.
The finale of the evening was presented by Michele Ceballos, Opendance founder and director, http://www.opendance.org thru performance giving honor to women. Michele had introduced and spoken earlier of her mother, Jacqui, and the role these women play in our lives providing the love and continuity that nurture us. Michele is not only a dancer and performer; she is a teacher and an artist in residence for our school age children.
Michele mentored both Silvia Rodriguez and Dulce Juarez for the evening’s performance.
A Nauhtal (Uto-Aztecan) Indian Honoring of Women
Women, of all ages, races, joining forces for peace and equality. Through the power of dance and music woman express their pain, their hope, their strength and their vision for a better world.
All life begins in the fluids of the womb that nourish
May Peace Prevail on the Earth for All.
Joe Willie Smith and Francisco Garcia, teacher and student artist, at Phoenix Community College
We give a special thank you to Melanie Ohm who took all the pictures for this photo documentation and Jeff, her husband, who helped her to buy a new camera. Any event like this is a total team effort. Much gratitude to all for being present in the spirit of PEACE.
May Peace Prevail On The Earth For All!