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Community Collaborative for Peace Calendar

International Day of Peace Events in Phoenix, Sept. 21, 2009
A Community Collaborative for Peace in partnership with ASU Downtown Phoenix campus officials is celebrating the International Day of Peace proclaimed by the United Nations on Sunday and Monday, September 20 and 21, 2009. The first action planning session for this FREE Public Event occurred on February 27 at ASU Downtown campus. It was attended by community individuals from a cross section of the city, including professors, artists, nonprofit organization administrators, local citizens and policy makers.

The mission statement for this group of concerned persons was declared: In recognition of the International Day of Peace in Arizona, we are creating, through demonstrations and celebrations, a tradition of Practical Acts of PEACE.
Purpose: To establish, strengthen and sustain practical partnerships for peace between the people and organizations of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, including ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, government officials, community organizations, businesses, artists, educators and citizens; thereby to serve as a vehicle for increasing engagement between public and civic institutions and the people they serve. The essential work being addressed is to research, identify, model and document "Acts of Peace Building" in a proactive manner that can be passed on and expanded upon from one year to the next in public spaces.
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. http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

ASU DTP campus is growing into a center of intellectual and cultural engagement, within the vibrant urban core of the City of Phoenix, with knowledge at its foundation. An important aspect of this dissemination process of knowledge is through research that is presented by the Morrison Institute. Morrison Institute’s "Arizona’s Mind-Body Problem: Mental Health Systems and Choices" Forum 411 report sponsored by Westcor is also integral to this September 21st event. ASU Downtown will highlight "Acts of Peace Building" and the "Mind-Body Solution" report recently released through a visual arts exhibition on the second floor of the 411 N. Central building. This is a means to illustrate solutions for mental wellness in tandem with practical acts of peace. The intentions of the Greater Phoenix Community Collaborative & ASU Administration are that these visual expressions and events of the day will call upon our human need to dialog and create conversations of shared understanding - causing us to pause for meaningful conversations around critical issues and public policies.

Some of events of the day will include an opening ceremony at Release the Fear's Grace Chapel introduced by Attorney General Terry Goddard on Sunday evening, September 20th; a sunrise yoga ceremony at the Japanese Gardens giving honor to the light of the new day; a breakfast at Call-A Teen Charter School; as well as an academic program at ASU DT campus, all on September 21st. The overall objective of the day is to expand opportunities for student achievement and success through the exchange of ideas both in the classroom and in the public arena around Acts of Peace Building and Mental Wellness.

The "Closing Ceremony" will occur at the new Phoenix Civic Park with local entertainment, including spoken word, drumming, dancing and youth performances at 5:00 PM, Monday, September 21, 2009. A visual artist reception will also occur around 7:00 PM for those artists on exhibition @ ASU DP campus, 2nd floor, 411 N. Central Avenue Building, Phoenix.

A special "Thank You" to Robert Miley for his graphic design expertise. Everyone on the Community Collaborative for Peace committee contributed to the creation of this calendar.


September 2009

Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources, Inc.

http://www.azcallateen.k12.az.us/ * 649 N. 6th Avenue * Phoenix, AZ 85003 * 602.252.6721

(ACYR) has been working for over thirty years to offer innovative ways to release creativity and future options for young people who have not had the benefit of such opportunities. ACYR is nationally recognized for the quality of the services they provide and their high degree of accountability. The organization has a proven track record in working with vulnerable young people to develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence for success in school, the workplace, and the community.

ACYR’s mission is to "transform lives, build futures, and strengthen communities by developing our greatest natural resource... youth". It annually provides opportunities for earning a high school diploma, vocational training, postsecondary access, and work readiness to over 1,500 young people.

Ultimately, ACYR envisions a community in which young people:

  • Obtain the academic, vocational, personal, and social skills necessary to complete requirements for a high school credential and enter postsecondary education/training;
  • Are employed in jobs that support themselves and their families well; and are valued as key contributors to the community’s healthy growth and development.
  • Contact Person for Project:
    Andrea Ready has worked for Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources Inc., (ACYR) with the Youth Excel Project, as a Dropout Prevention Specialist. She interacts with students who attend the agency’s Center of Excellence High School and teaches elective classes, such as Art and Community Service while counseling students about issues that may keep them from attending school. Andrea also tutors students and works to engage them in their communities.
    For the International Day of Peace Event, students participated in building peace through sharing in and hosting a community breakfast. Some students created an art piece entitled "What does it take to open the door to peace?" There is an on-going discussion about peace school-wide that will continue throughout the year prompted by ACYR’s participation on the planning committee. This has been a great opportunity for ACYR to foster relationships between the community and our students while sharing in "Acts of Peace Building"!

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Sep 7 - Labor Day
    Sep 13 - Grandparents Day
    Sep 19 - Rosh Hashanah
    Sep 21 - Peace Day
    Sep 22 - Autumn Begins
    Sep 28 - Yom Kippur

    October 2009

    Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus

    http://campus.asu.edu/downtown/ * 411 N. Central Ave. * Phoenix, Az. 85004, * 602.496.0968

    The ASU Downtown Phoenix campus provides an academically rigorous university experience in a vibrant urban campus environment that is integral to the success of the Phoenix community.

    The campus hosts For Our Eyes Exhibitions to inspire positive change through the arts. The exhibitions are designed to welcome the community to its campus and to share richly diverse art collections that reflect a sense of urgency that the world—local and global—has the capacity for even greater prosperity, justice, and quality of life for all.
    The exhibit, "Practical Acts of Peace Building: Recognizing the International Day of Peace and Mind-Body Wellness," is designed to encourage open-minded dialogue about important current issues. The co-curator is the Cultural Arts Coalition, a longtime partner of the Downtown Phoenix campus.
    Based on research from the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, many local artists such as Dr. Eugene Grigsby, Jr., Anne Coe, Mitra Kamali, Alexander Krump, Martin Moreno, Francisco Garcia, Joseph Perrez and many more examine acts of peace and mind-body wellness from personal to global phenomenon.
    The National Alliance for Mental Illness, Turtle Will, Prosumer Mujers, New Song, Arizona Wilderness Coalition, Japanese Friendship Garden and Los Otras Hermanas, among many others, use the arts to showcase their mission, strengthen shared community ties and engage dialogue toward solutions.
    On Sept. 21, 2009, the campus and Downtown Civic Space Park will be filled with community dance groups, music, poetry and interactive opportunities.
    For more information visit http://campus.asu.edu/downtown/

    Artist Acknowledgements for significant use of works:
    "La Virgen de Guadalupe" by youth at Los Arts de Maricopa
    "Generation Bridge" by Mitra Kamali
    "The Grip" by Alexander Krump

    Contact Person:
    Malissa Geer is the co-curator for the exhibition and the community engagement liaison for the Office of the University Vice President and Dean of the College of Public Programs at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. Malissa’s community engagement work has built a respectful bridge with the surrounding communities to the university and much of ASU’s programming.

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Oct 2 - Gandhi's Birthday
    Oct 31 - Halloween

    November 2009


    Release the Fear, Inc.

    www.releasethefear.org ; info@releasethefear.org ; 602.818.6959

    What: Release the Fear organization has worked with thousands of at-risk youth and adults in Arizona and around the world, offering experiential programs that help reverse the paralyzing affects of fear and diminished self-worth.
    How: These programs stimulate whole-brain thinking and develop meta cognitive thought processing. Our facilitators guide participants through interactive creative activities and analytically explore the connectedness to their lives.
    Why: Participants develop invaluable core life skills that encourage better critical problem solving and a healthy sense of understanding self and others. Through the RTF programs, participants discover that anything is possible, that they have a purpose in life—"They Matter."
    TURNING PAIN INTO POSSIBILITIES, POSSIBILITIES INTO PURPOSE . . . OPENING THE YOUNG MINDS OF YOUTH FOR A BRIGHTER TOMORROW©
    MISSION :To counter the effects of violence in our communities by turning fear, anger, and hate into acceptance and hope, by bridging endless possibilities through the creative process.
    VISION: To awaken the creative consciousness, thus exposing one to unlimited potential for critical thinking and problem solving and opening them up to possibilities and purpose in their life for a brighter tomorrow...
    Contact Person:
    Robert J. Miley
    a will published Artist and humanitarian, renowned for his painting and sculpture as well as his community work, using art as a healing tool. Robert began his career in advertising and owned his own agency with a Clio, Rocky Mountain Emmy and Addy Awards to his credit. Since dedicating himself to his fine art in 1985 his work is found in private, corporate, hospitals and healing centers as well as city collections around the world, including Nelson Museum of Fine Art, Steven Spielberg, the late Prince Von Furstenberg of Austria and the Ferguson’s of the Royal British Family, and numerous hospitals and healing centers throughout the United States. His experiential whole-brain thinking programs have been utilized throughout the world, from El Salvador too Spain, with groups such as Sanctuary, a shelter for run-away children on Guam, this work prompted then Governor Ada to name Robert Honorary Ambassador to Guam. In 1995 Robert founded Release the Fear, Inc.TM and is now Artistic Director. Working to instill the "Can-Do" Spirit & understanding within our Communities His Mission is "to impact the world through an empathetic understanding of self and surroundings, to bridge healing and awakening humanity to a more peaceful place through my art." www.rjmiley.com

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Nov 1 - Daylight Savings Time Ends
    Nov 11 - Veterans Day
    Nov 26 - Thanksgiving Day

    December 2009


    http://www.ArtsCARE.org/main1.htm * 602.375.9553

    The Mission of the Cultural Arts Coalition, Arizona: 501(c)3
    Identifying, supporting, promoting, celebrating, and documenting those community arts practices that stimulate social awareness and honor diverse cultural values, and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to be creative and solve problems. As a networking group, the coalition strives to provide a safe place for persons of all ages and backgrounds to gather and achieve a sense of belonging and respect within a larger community and to explore arts-related skills in a facilitated environment.

    The Goals of the Cultural Arts Coalition are to:

  • Provide spaces and opportunities for persons to engage in dialogue, experiences, and research that expand the definition and understanding of the role of the arts in enriching our daily lives in community and academic settings.
  • Examine and explore "guiding arts practices" of programming that meet the needs of an integrated community.
  • Celebrate and feature projects and programs at regular meetings as well as larger, community focused forums. Our intent is to help others, whether children, teens, people of middle age or older adults, to use the arts as a mean by which they can explore "the human condition" (including her or his condition) in and through time.
  • Document and publish methods and examples of successful cultural arts delivery in academic and community settings.
  • Generate connections across an expanding network of individuals and groups who embrace the mission and goals of the Cultural Arts Coalition.
  • "Many community cultural development projects are built around learning experiences. Overall, the aim is to transmit particular arts- related skills while helping to develop critical thinking and establish a clear link between the two capabilities, thought leading to action."
    Creative Community: The Art of Cultural Development. D. Adams & A. Goldbard, p.28.

    Contact Persons: Co-founders and co-directors of the Cultural Arts Coalition
    judy butzine - jhb6@mindspring.com , Melanie Ohm - modinha@cox.net

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Dec 12 - Hanukkah Begins
    Dec 21 - Winter Begins
    Dec 24 - Christmas Eve
    Dec 25 - Christmas Day
    Dec 26 - Kwanzaa
    Dec 31 - New Year's Eve

    January 2010

    Fushicho Daiko
    "Phoenix Drummers"
    http://www.taikoaz.com/index.php
    2217 N. Dayton St.
    Phoenix, Az. 85006
    602.528.3490

    Esther Vandecar is the Director of Fushicho Daiko**Phoenix Taiko Drummers since its birth in 1992. She lived, worked, played, studied, and performed taiko in Japan for 7 years before bringing this gift back to her own country. It has been her passion and life’s work since then to honor her Japanese teachers, and share this tradition with children and adults all over this country, including a few Japanese Nationals now living here, that previously had no interest. Education, team building, and doing whatever you do with passion, is her mantra. There are 50 or more students in her dojo (studio) each week that work and sweat to keep her dream, and now theirs, alive. With the help of her taiko partners, Eileen Morgan, Ken Koshio, and Marsha Robb, they have created the ALL ARIZONA TAIKO TEAM from, not only dojo students, but also visiting taiko players from all over the world. Esther is one of those rare, lucky people in the world to have had her dream fulfilled, and her world filled with peace and love, a great family, and true friends. She thanks all of those who share her world, in some way, for accompanying her on her path.

    The powerful, fascinating rhythms are only part of the experience. Through storytelling, humor and an excitingly unique blend of music, theater, and dance Fushicho Daiko treats it's audiences to a totally exhilarating cultural experience.
    Daily classes are offered by group members to inspire, empower and build self-confidence in anyone willing to take the challenge. Come to a performance or observe a class and experience this 2000-year-old art form for yourself.

    Contact Person:
    Esther Vandecar, Esther@taikoaz.com

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Jan 1 - New Year's Day
    Jan 18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    February 2010

    The Arizona Yoga Association program facilitated by Sharon Stetter
    http://www.azyoga.com/index.html * P.O. Box 43368 * Tucson, Arizona 85733

    The further I walk on this yoga path the newer the terrain. Initially the physical practice, of yoga engages the ego, until we begin to discover our bodies in more subtle ways, knowing ourselves from the inside out. Not only are we more flexible physically, we are more flexible mentally. The practice of yoga is a practice of cultivating peace of mind and body. Through patience and compassion on the mat, we discover patience and compassion for our fellow man, recognizing a union with all that is. Finally discovering that through the opening our bodies we free our minds.
    Wishing you peace on your path,

    Contact person
    Sharon Shankari Stetter, Integral Yoga Instructor, bisbeesharon@gmail.com

    The Arizona Yoga Association’s mission :

  • To serve our community by sharing ideas, knowledge and techniques of yoga practice and theory.
  • To serve as a support system for the professional Yoga community.
  • To promote the benefits and universality of Yoga in the community and the world.
  • To act as a central reference source for all Arizona yoga activities.
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    Holidays and Observances:
    Feb 2 - Groundhog Day
    Feb 12 - Lincoln's Birthday
    Feb 14 - Valentine's Day
    Feb 15 - Presidents' Day
    Feb 17 - Ash Wednesday
    Feb 22 - Washington's Birthday

    March 2010


    Orangewood Elementary School * Anna Davis social studies teacher
    http://www.wesdschools.org/ * 7337 N 19th Ave * Phoenix, AZ 85021 * 602.347.2900

    "Envisioning Peace: Tolerance" has been labor of love for over eight years. Inspiration and motivation for the continued development of this unit has come from attending the Belfer and Belfer Next Step Regional Conferences sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. and collaborations with judy butzine of the Cultural Arts Coalition.
    This year’s cross curricular unit proved to be the most exciting and culturally diverse with the added aspects of Taiko drumming and Japanese dance. None of the hands-on art projects would have been possible had it not been for the generous financial support of the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Cultural Arts Coalition, the Orangewood PTO and Orangewood Student Council. Implementation of the unit was made possible thanks to the support of my principal, Andree Charlson; my 8th grade team, Enoch Davis, Regan Schwartz, Melissa Griffin, Robert Dunger, Kathy Switzer, Paul Askew and Jim Logie; Michele Ceballos Michot of Opendance and Ester Vandecar of Fushicho Daiko Phoenix Drummers. A special thanks to Regan Schwartz, of G2G Photography, for donating her time and talents to document this unit.

    Contact Person:
    Anna Davis, teacher, annam.davis@yahoo.com

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Mar 14 - Daylight Savings Time Begins
    Mar 17 - St. Patrick's Day
    Mar 20 - Spring Begins
    Mar 28 - Palm Sunday
    Mar 29 - Passover Begins

    April 2010

    Japanese Gardens

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    Japanese Friendship Garden * 1125 N 3rd Ave * Phoenix , AZ 85073 * 602.256.3204

    The world of the Japanese garden has always been one of reflection and contemplation, a concentration of natural beauty where visitors may find solace and tranquility in their fast-paced lives. To residents and visitors, the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix provides a peaceful oasis in the heart of a thriving city.
    The Japanese Friendship Garden - Ro Ho En 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.
    There is also a Tea House on site and tea ceremonies are conducted on the Second Saturday of each Month. Reservations required - Only 5 Ceremony presentations per day with 8 to 9 guests per ceremony. Please call in advance, slots fill up fast. 602.256.3204.

    Contact Person:

    Diana Larowe, Executive Director, 602.256.3204, dlarowe@cox.net

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Apr 1 - April Fool's Day
    Apr 2 - Good Friday
    Apr 4 - Easter Sunday
    Apr 22 - Earth Day
    Apr 30 - National Arbor Day

    May 2010

    Opendance logo - return to home

    http://www.opendance.org/about/default.html * P.O. Box 10311 * Phoenix, AZ 85064 * 602.685.0347

    The Opendance mission is to "open dance" by combining intergenerational, multi-cultural dancers, with various other forms of artistic expression, in order to create exciting and progressive works to perform in theatrical venues, to be accessible to the community, by offering dance and arts programming during and after school, in community centers and rural settings, through the Opendance children's outreach division; to increase public exposure to the arts; and to dance with, and for, segments of the population not generally exposed to dance.

    Opendance means "opening up dance to all forms of expression". This company of multi-cultural, intergenerational, multi-gender, artists has created choreography and arts & educational outreach programs for diverse people of all ages.
    Utilizing dance and the arts as the bases for approaching any issue or challenge, has provided amazing results in the empowerment of the individuals concerning self and others.
    Children learning dances from other cultures, dances to do with health and wellness, dances about Peace and Tolerance, opens their minds, hearts and eyes to see the world and each other in a new and clearer manner. This new insight breaks down pre-conceived notions of each other, reducing fears of the other, and forming bridges and bonds with one another that last their life time.

    Contact person:
    Michèle Ceballos Michot, Founding Director of Opendance, was inspired to start Opendance in 1990. Having worked as a professional Ballerina, throughout the world, the experiences that inspired and influenced her path were those that were collaborative, either projects that involved different art forms, or different cultures working together. opendance@msn.com

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    Holidays and Observances:
    May 9 - Mother's Day
    May 31 - Memorial Day

    June 2010

    Ken Koshio * http://www.kenkoshio.com/index2.html * kenkoshio@hotmail.com

    As a street singer, Ken has been playing for a long time. That experience has provoked a lot of thoughts for him to understand differences that exist in each of us, and how those differences make our lives richer, more exciting and a lot of fun. Following the horrific events of 911 Ken traveled from the East coast to the West coast playing music of Peace and creating origami cranes with everyone he met. One the first anniversary of this occurrence Ken returned to New York City to present the thousands of cranes he had accumulated to the site and play music in Central Park in honor of this memorial event. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXxJ2G5zEgU

    Ken now teaches Japanese traditional culture and old Japanese folk music with voice, language, taiko, sanshin and other Japanese instruments in our schools. He uses Japanese folk tales, origami, dance, calligraphy and (when time and facilities permit) Japanese food, to provide children with the information about his culture that is authentic and fun.

    "Hiroshima Calling" is an event Ken has supported in the past. http://www.hiroshimacalling.org/Event.html

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Jun 14 - Flag Day
    Jun 20 - Father's Day
    Jun 21 - Summer Begins

    July 2010

    Fair Trade Café "Coffee with a Conscience" * 1020 North 1st Ave * Phoenix, AZ 85003 * (Behind Trinity Cathedral) * 602.354.8150

    The Fair Trade Café & Gallery supports sustainable economic independence and fair trade for communities locally and across the globe. It is locally owned by a graduate in social work and 2 middle school teachers, all Phoenix Natives and ASU graduates. They brew only fair trade, organic, great-tasting coffees and espresso.

    Their Fair Trade certified and organic coffees are from around the world, and lovingly roasted by hand in small batches by Adventure Coffee Roasters, of Tucson, AZ, a family owned and operated small business. The success of the Cafe offers those coffee growing communities sustainable living through economic growth.

    The Fair Trade Cafe is committed to supporting not only fair trade but also local business and urban renewal in Downtown Phoenix. They are a participant in Artlink and have a monthly rotating gallery. They also host a variety of events throughout the month, including live music on First Fridays, poetry readings, an art gallery and community events.

    Contact person:
    Michele White, MSW, is a small business owner and progressive grassroots organizer who have managed a variety of local and national nonprofit organizations for over 10 years. As the owner of Fair Trade Cafe she has brought her sense of social conscience to the local community by providing globally and locally produced Fair Trade items. Through the café, Ms. White has also created a space for local community members and organizations to develop and connect to support a growing social movement in central Phoenix. michele@kaunavilage.com

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Jul 4 - Independence Day

    August 2010

    Keith Johnson

    Sanfoka/Island Music & Traditional African Music

    http://www.islandmagiconline.com/ * modibo1@juno.com * 602.531.2088

    Keith Johnson is not only a percussion entertainer and story teller, but a teacher who instructs in schools, after school sites and community centers throughout the state. Students have the chance to play complex poly rhythms on authentic African drums. This helps to develop team building techniques. One person is playing 12/8 rhythm on the iron bell, while another person is playing the rhythm on the gourd rattle, and someone else is the toke bell, just a little faster. Coordination skills are being developed; tap your feet to show how the body becomes your own time keeper. Concentration skills are most important; to be able to clap your hands and wave while singing is quite a task. It may look easy, but once you have tried it, you will see it is not as easy as it looks. Helping the student to develop mastering this technique helps in other disciplines; reading, math, science, geography.

    Africa covers about one fifth of the world's land area. Traditions are customs that are practiced by generation after generation. In Ghana when a child is born, they have a naming ceremony seven days after the child is born. They believe in soul names for the day of the week. I'm born on a Monday (Dzoda) my name is KoJo; each child has their own special day of the week.

    Parables and Proverbs is one way to break the ice with problem solving right from the start. "What came first...the path or the river?" Traditional musical instruments, balaphon, water drums, iron bell, singing tonal language teach that African music is essential expression of life-in birth, initiation, weddings and funerals. Music in many African cultures has a role that is far more important and broad-reaching than Western cultures.

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    September 2010

    Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus

    http://campus.asu.edu/downtown/ * 411 N. Central Ave. * Phoenix, Az. 85004 * 602.496.0968

    The ASU Downtown Phoenix campus provides an academically rigorous university experience in a vibrant urban campus environment that is integral to the success of the Phoenix community."

    The Downtown Phoenix campus is embedded in the heart of the city and emblematic of ASU’s commitment to public service. The City of Phoenix is growing into a vibrant urban core with knowledge at its foundation, and this ASU campus is growing alongside it into a center of intellectual and cultural engagement. The colleges and schools of the campus directly interact with more than 500 organizations and agencies to provide internships, research, partnerships, programs and clinical practice. Funded by a voter-approved bond, at build out in 2020, the campus will comprise nine buildings, cover 20 acres, accommodate 15,000 students, employ 1800 faculty and staff, generate over $948 million in construction costs and occupy more than 1.5 million square feet. Through use-inspired research, expanded opportunities for student achievement and success, and the exchange of ideas both in the classroom and the public arena, the potential for partnership to advance the goals of the community are unrivaled. T he Downtown Phoenix campus will continue to serve as a catalyst for those ventures.

    One unique way this is occurring is through Community Engagement with the Arts. "This showing of art is a material example of social embeddedness," says judy butzine , co-founder of the Cultural Arts Coalition, which partners with ASU. "The arts are making the material link between the people of the community, the university and the students it is teaching. What we hope is that through the artists’ interpretation of subjects, people are able to get another point of view that falls into the gray area…"

    Contact Person:
    Malissa Geer is the co-curator for the exhibition and the community engagement liaison for the Office of the University Vice President and Dean of the College of Public Programs at the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. Malissa’s community engagement work has built a respectful bridge with the surrounding communities to the university and much of ASU’s programming.

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Sep 6 - Labor Day
    Sep 8 - Rosh Hashanah Begins
    Sep 12 - Grandparents Day
    Sep 17 - Yom Kippur Begins
    Sep 21 - United Nations International Day of Peace
    Sep 23 - Autumn Begins

    October 2010

    Flash Mob Dance led by C-c Braun * c-cbraun@hotmail.com * 480.272.4521

    "The use of movement as a healing tool is rooted in the idea that the body and the mind are inseparable. Its basic premise is that body movement reflects inner emotional states and changes in movement behavior can lead to changes in the psyche, thus promoting health and growth." By Fran Levy

    The purpose of all art is to create an external reflection of the self. The use of dance or movement in any situation allows for the participant to indulge in self reflection. When a group of people come together at a time and place to dance, they move towards a common idea. The flash mob dance done for the International Day of Peace created interconnected communities of movers that work together to create a dance that reflected as a group the idea of peaceful movement. Through this creation it is C-c's hope that these individuals take with them the idea of bringing peace towards others not only through movement but also through other acts of kindness.

    C-c has continued to have an on going learning experience with the Cultural Arts Coalition, which is directed by judy butzine and Melanie Ohm. During her time with C.A.C., she has met other community focused artists that have committed much of their time to working with communities to create a stronger connection within the groupings of people they have worked with. She has focused a lot of her time working in the community at places like local Boys and Girls Clubs, Terros Rehab for Women, The New Foundation for troubled female teens, underprivileged children at the UMOM homeless shelter, Academia Del Pueblo and even at preschools across Phoenix.

    C-c Braun is currently teaching a variety of dance technique classes and working with Physical Graffiti at Glendale Community College. She also teaches at the Mesa Arts Center and dances with Flux Dance Project.

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Oct 2 - Gandhi's Birthday
    Oct 24 - United Nations Day
    Oct 31 - Halloween

    November 2010


    Healing Arts for Children's Hearts, a Division of the Children's Advocacy Center * 1855 E. Northern Ave * Suite 202 * Phoenix, AZ 85020 * http://www.azcac.org/default.aspx * Linda Gray, CEO * lcgazcac@aol.com

    The non-profit organization, called Healing Arts for Children's Hearts, founded by Linda Gray, MA, LPC, is making a difference in a very vulnerable community of inner city children. Healing Arts for Children’s Hearts provides treatment, education and family support for children who are traumatized by violence, neglect or abuse. Through its free community outreach programs, HeArtworks and Grounds for Healing , the agency helps children overcome the effects of trauma using expressive arts, therapeutic play and gardening. These programs collaborate with communities and schools to develop safe, responsive and healthy environments for at-risk children because every child can be the architect of a peaceful and productive future. During the 2009 school year, Latino Family Outreach Coordinator, Victoria Ortiz, worked with over 350 Latino women and children in Phoenix Area schools and shelters to create the 1000 Wishes for Peace Quilts.

    Linda: "The HeArtworks 1000 Wishes for Peace Quilt Project reflects the transformation that occurs in the crucible of the heart when women and children whose lives have been affected by violence take action to create peace. The quilt is a living metaphor for the web through which we are all connected and each square represents the makers’ aspiration for peace." To date, twenty-two Peace Quilts have been created in diverse communities. In the future, the quilts will travel to countries with the intention inspiring further acts of peace. HeArtworks, joins families and children in creating community art and garden projects to strengthen networks of caring, teach peace and celebrate children.

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Nov 2 - Election Day
    Nov 7 - Daylight Savings Time Ends
    Nov 11 - Veterans Day
    Nov 25 - Thanksgiving Day

    December 2010

    About International Day of Peace, September 21

    http://internationaldayofpeace.org/about/background.html

    International Day of Peace Logo

    The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

    In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

    By creating the International Day of Peace, the UN devoted itself to worldwide peace and encouraged all of mankind to work in cooperation for this goal. During the discussion of the U.N. Resolution that established the International Day of Peace, it was suggested that:

    "Peace Day should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples…This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace."

    Since its inception, Peace Day has marked our personal and planetary progress toward peace. It has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world, and each year events are organized to commemorate and celebrate this day. Events range in scale from private gatherings to public concerts and forums where hundreds of thousands of people participate.

    Anyone anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact if millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, are immense.

    International Day of Peace is also a Day of Ceasefire – personal or political. Take this opportunity to make peace in your own relationships as well as impact the larger conflicts of our time. Imagine what a whole Day of Ceasefire would mean to humankind.

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    Holidays and Observances:
    Dec 1 - Hanukkah Begins
    Dec 21 - Winter Begins
    Dec 24 - Christmas Eve
    Dec 25 - Christmas Day
    Dec 26 - Kwanzaa
    Dec 31 - New Year's Eve

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian independence movement . He was the pioneer of satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience , firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence —which led India to independence and has inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

    As a practitioner of ahimsa, he swore to speak the truth and advocated that others do the same. Gandhi lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn he had hand spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as a means of both self-purification and social protest.