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International Day of Peace Upcoming Planning for September 21, Monday, Event
This FREE Public Celebration is open to all in the community. Anyone can be a collaborator on inputting their voice and organization’s expertise into designing and facilitating this program. It is greatly welcomed.
The final Community Collaborative for Peace General Planning Meeting will occur on June 23, Tuesday, in the lobby area of ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 411 N. Central Building, beginning at 10:00.
Rough draft of happenings at this time:
The First Action Planning Session for the International Day of Peace PUBLIC event, Sept. 21, 2009, occurred on Feb. 27, 2009, at ASU Downtown, 0930-1:00 PM. This meeting space was hosted by Malissa Geer, ASU DPc Community Liaison Representative.
The primary point of interest was acceptance by all of the Vision/Focusing statement that reads:
"In recognition of the International Day of Peace in Arizona we are creating a tradition through demonstrations and celebrations of practical acts of PEACE."
The wording of "Practical Acts of Peace" comes from the International Day of Peace official web site http://internationaldayofpeace.org/peacebuilding_101.html
Peace building 101: Peace building is different from "peacemaking" and "peacekeeping" in that it focuses on creating a long-term culture of peace, rather than solving existing conflicts or preventing old ones from re-occurring. Peace building activities aim at building understanding and tolerance between individuals, communities and societies and establishing new structures of cooperation. Peace building activities range in scale from personal acts of kindness toward others to global inter-governmental programs.
During this first planning of a Community Collaboration for Peace September 21, 2009, the structure of that day was divided into approximately 5 components of separate programming identified by all in discussion.
It was determined that the second community planning session would occur at the Japanese Gardens to begin to walk the day’s events. Others from the community were invited to join these planning sessions. A call went out to the community for additional individuals and organizations to contribute to the structure of the day.
The second Planning Session for the Public Participation event of the International Day of Peace http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/in Downtown Phoenix on September 21, 2009, began promptly at 0930 on the grounds of the Japanese Gardens bordering east of 3rd Avenue and just north of Portland.
This is a lush and tranquil hide away in a bustling city where many can seek refuge from the constraints of an urban lifestyle. The Japanese Friendship Garden - Ro Ho En http://japanesefriendshipgarden.org/ is an authentic 3 1/2 acre Japanese Stroll Garden with tea garden and tea house. This tranquil and beautiful setting features more than 1,500 tons of hand picked rock, stone footbridges, lanterns and more than 50 varieties of plants. Flowing streams, a 12-foot waterfall and a Koi pond with over 300 colorful Koi fish. The Garden is the product and shared cultural vision of the Sister Cities of Phoenix and Himeji, Japan.
Our hostess for the gathering was Diana Larowe, Director of the Japanese Gardens and Dr. Martha Rozelle (Marty), International Public Participation facilitator and trainer, who guided the continuing informative planning dialogue.
Community citizens from many walks of life attended including artists, educators, public officials, non-profit managers—all interested in establishing a yearly recognized event that brings attention to "acts of peace building".
A representative from the Attorney Generals office, Brittany James, was also there to determine what role this state department might play in the project as Dulce Juarez looked on. Dulce had just been accepted into the ASU Masters of Fine Arts program.
Marty first began the conversation with confirmation of the Mission Statement outlined during the first planning session.
Slight changes were made to correct the phrase to NOW READ: In recognition of the International Day of Peace in Arizona, we are creating, through demonstrations and celebrations a tradition of Practical Acts of PEACE.
Following a general review of the past session and a potential design of the day by judy butzine, co-director of the Cultural Arts Coalition,http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.intro.shtml conversation was directed at the evolving program and the overview scheduling of events.
During the first planning session Sharon Stetter, a yoga teacher, volunteered to begin the day’s events at approximately 0600 in the Japanese Gardens with the yoga practice of welcoming the light of the new day. Diana feels there is sufficient room for approximately 150 persons to accomplish this opening ceremony with a blessing and possible guest speaker from the hours of 0600-0830. The focusing book to be used as a teaching tool is by Tucson writer Byrd Baylor’s book titled "The Way to Start a Day" illustrated by Peter Parnall. This book addresses the universal human concern of how persons around the world give respect and honor to the first light of each new day. Registration will be necessary for this event.
It was immediately discussed that from the first session it is important to note that there will be curriculum and documentation created that notes the actual events of the day. All of this is to fulfill the mission of the Planning group to RECORD PRACTICAL ACTS OF PEACE which persons may do anywhere in the world at any time. This also fulfills the mission of the International Day Of Peace organization to bring awareness to ACTS of Peace building, not Peace Making (as in conflict resolution).
Melanie Ohm, co-founder and co-director of the Cultural Arts Coalition presented a potential log to actualize the program committee’s intention....
The second component of the day is to provide a breakfast for many in possibly various locations throughout the greater downtown Phoenix area. C-c Braun, dance instructor at Glendale Community College, felt it is better to bring the homeless and lower income persons of all ages to a beautiful site to help them find a special place of safety and solace. Andrea Ready from Arizona Call-A-Teen agreed that this was workable for some of those groups of persons that are in facilities in the immediate area. All of this planning (the Who, What, Where How and funding) will need to continue in discussion within committee.
This brought us to a discussion of the third component of the day which is actually woven throughout the event and curriculum. The concept of ongoing acts of purposeful learning. This will hopefully occur in various locations throughout the city including school classrooms and for this event at ASU Downtown campus at 411 N. Central building. This is a natural for professors and students to be engaged in this conversation.
Malissa Geer, ASU DPc community representative, is assisting with this very important component for the programming. Robert Miley, artist and Director of Release the Fear http://www.releasethefear.org/, spoke of youth being recorded through out the city before the event concerning their answering questions concerning the subject of PEACE.
Arts and Entertainment are an essential component woven throughout the day. Diane spoke of the need to end the day with a powerfully connecting act that left people in total awe of what they had experienced. We talked about those symbols of importance to convey throughout the marketing and promotion of this event. WE discussed the idea that a song needed to be created. Ken Koshio, musician extraordinaire, spoke of writing one for this event. http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.event.32.shtml
C-c presented conversation concerning the importance of dance.This was reiterated by Michele Ceballos from Opendance http://www.opendance.org/ who also reviewed the work she has already done on a past International day of Peace event at Madison Park School and currently at Orangewood School. http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.event.23.shtml
http://www.ArtsCARE.org/cac.event.51.shtml Keith Johnson, African drummer and the stilt walker he works with, are essential components to this entertainment. Esther Vandecar and Ken Koshio and the Taiko Drum performance they exhibit is a MUST. http://www.taikoaz.com/
All of this will hopefully occur during the day’s events and also at the Closing Ceremony. Location and times for the Closing ceremony still need to be finalized, but many wonderful ideas were outlined for this last component of the day’s events. The idea is there might be multiple small vignettes happening at spaces like Mayor Hance Park, the new Civic Plaza still under construction on Central Avenue across from ASU DPc, at the soon to be ALAC Cultural Center, and Robert Miley’s art space for youth (Grace Chapel). A city map tracking all of these potential spaces for closing ceremonies will be created and public transit identified. The possibility of even a walk linking the locations will be thoughtfully processed.
Persons who identified themselves into committees met for a few minutes following the group session. Here Ken, Nazlah and C-c take time to process their final thoughts.
Intentions for each individual’s commitment to do this work during the next 6 months were written on pieces of colored paper after each person was given an origami crane (Universal Symbol of PEACE) to take with them. Judy has taken these intentions and placed them on her honoring space in her home along with the literature to be provided to many for this event and the cranes to be made and hopefully hung in trees giving many intentions for Acts of PEACE building.
The artwork Dreams on the wall in by Thuong Nguyen, a Vietnamese artist and computer specialist, who first taught judy’s son to make paper cranes following the reading of the book Sadako in January 2000, at the children’s section of the Burton Barr library.
The third planning session for the International Day of Peace events continued:
Agenda for International Day of Peace Planning meeting, April 28, 10:00 AM @ Fair trade Café, transferring to Robert Miley's artspace, Grace Chapel, 3rd Ave. & Monroe about 11:15, TO BOLDLY GO>>>>
Persons begin to gather promptly at 10:00, Fair Trade Café. Welcome and introductions of all new faces.
Nazlah returning community member introduces herself to Brett from Arizona Call a Teen while Andrea also from Call a Teen listens. Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources, Inc. (ACYR) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing a well-educated and highly skilled emerging work force. ACYR works to achieve the following results...go to: http://www.azcallateen.k12.az.us/
Review of Group’s mission and history: In recognition of the International Day of Peace in Arizona, we are creating, through demonstrations and celebrations a tradition of Practical Acts of PEACE. The concept was restated that this is a community collaborative for Peace. No one organization or individual is a lead person in this process. Melanie and judy were designated at the 2nd session to chair the facilitation component of the total program; everyone will take leadership roles in their area of endeavor throughout the day. The primary focus for this group’s activities is downtown Phoenix. Other supporting Peace activities are being separately organized throughout the city to work in tandem of the United Nations recognition of this day of Peace Building.
Review of the events of the day beginning at 0600-0830 at the Japanese Gardens http://japanesefriendshipgarden.org/ with the yoga program-focusing on the book by Tucson writer Byrd Baylor, The Way to Start A Day illustrated by Peter Parnall. It was agreed by today’s group that cans of food and $1.00 donation as cost of entry will be asked as a donation.
Breakfast-Who, What, Where, How and Why??? After much discussion and wonderful thoughts by persons like Malissa that this be a SHARING meal, not just a hand out--it was concluded that the breakfast will occur at the Call a Teen Center with entertainment depending upon the okay from the administration and that we can all be on site to support and share in this event. Money and supplies from the yoga event will be donated to this facility.
Liability risks and conditions necessary for the breakfast to be a successful, sustainable component of the day (to then be identified and documented as Peace Building acts) were presented by Diana. Thank you for your insights Diana.
Mid day in university and local classrooms - It was discussed that from the first session it is important to note that there will be curriculum and documentation created that notes the upcoming and the actual events of the day. All of this is to fulfill the mission of the Planning group to RECORD PRACTICAL ACTS OF PEACE which persons may do anywhere in the world at any time. This also fulfills the mission of the International Day of Peace organization to bring awareness to ACTS of Peace Building, not Peace Making (as in conflict resolution). Malissa Geer is making these arrangements through ASU Downtown campus.
As we spoke Brett created his form of a doodle, an origami crane of Peace. A lesson plan was given to both Brett and Andrea that could be used at the school as a teaching tool concerning PEACE. http://www.ArtsCARE.org/peacepals.2.shtml Lesson plan on the book Sadako
C-c provided a report on the Mob Flash Dance that went on to occur at Grace Chapel on Saturday May 9th.
C-c Braun, a Graduate of Dance and currently a teacher at Glendale Community College, will be organizing this event. Please send this out to anybody that you think may be interested including friends, family, and students.
This event will occur at the Arizona Center beginning at 12:05 on Monday, September 21, 2009.
We all now drove to Grace Church to meet with Robert Miley:
This was the first planning session Caitlin Flaherty from the Arizona Department
Of Peace has attended. http://www.azdopcampaign.org/
Campaigning for a U.S. Department of Peace
Robert gave his history of community arts engagement through Release the Fear. MISSION STATEMENT: http://www.releasethefear.org/
It was deemed important at the last planning session to include this space in the closing ceremony on Sept. 21, to occur late afternoon.
Discussion and review provided for Envisioning Peace: Tolerance artist residency at Orangewood School by Esther Vandecar Fushicho Daiko, Phoenix Drummers wants to share the unforgettable experience of Taiko drumming with you http://www.taikoaz.com/education.php and Michele Ceballos Michot Opendance is a non-profit, intergenerational, Arts and Educational Outreach Company, which teaches multi-cultural classes and dance programs out of school, during and after school for all ages, as well as a dance company, which performs in schools, community centers and theatres http://www.opendance.org/.
Ken is creating the song on Peace for the event. There is an existing $2500 budget. $500 for documentation.
Closing Ceremony: Location and times for the Closing ceremony still needs to be finalized, but many wonderful ideas were discussed for this last component of the day’s events. It is hoped that Mayor Gordon and Council persons whom represent these areas for Collaborative Actions for Peace will also be present.
Both Esther and Michele along with Nazlah are still exploring the closing program options and entertainment. It appears that the venue will be at the Civic Park across from the 411 N. Central building. Permit to be obtained ASAP. Michele White from Fair Trade Café is assisting with this issue.
Invitation to artists for an exhibition highlighting artwork that focuses on messages of Peace at ASU DPc was discussed.
This invitation for artists will be disseminated ASAP in the community to gather this body of work. Malissa Geer and judy butzine will curate this show as they did for I’m Migration last semester. The artworks will remain on the second floor through the Fall semester for viewing by the public.
Documentation of this total process is essential for replication and marketing for future yearly events of this kind.
The concept of ongoing acts of purposeful learning. This will hopefully occur in various locations throughout the city including school classrooms and for this event at ASU Downtown campus at 411 N. Central building. This is a natural for professors and students to be engaged in this conversation.
Malissa Geer, ASU DPc community liaison representative, is assisting us with this very important component for the programming.
Malissa clarified with the rest of the group how as the community liaison representative from ASU DPc she might provide a brown bag lunch, educational program or one hour seminar later in the day through panel presentations. Malissa will explore which time frame fits best with the students, professors and community. She will also decide how to turn this component of the day over to university professors and teachers to structure.
This FREE Public Program is open to all in the community. Anyone can be a collaborator on inputting their voice and organization’s expertise into this process. It is greatly welcomed.
The final Community Collaborative for Peace General Planning Meeting will occur on Tuesday June 23, Tuesday in the lobby area of ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 411 N. Central Building beginning at 10:00.
judy butzine and Melanie Ohm have been designated as the co-chairpersons, but it is up to each of us to take on leadership responsibility in making this event a success and replicated from year to year as a signature happening in Phoenix.