SchoolArts Magazine

SEP 2019

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26 SEPTEMBER 2019 SchoolArts PAGE SPONSORED BY: F O C U S I N T he Non-Violence Project Founda- tion is a nonprofit educational initiative based in Geneva, Swit- zerland. Established in 1993, they now operate in thirty countries on five continents. Their symbol is the bronze sculpture of a knotted gun, Non-Violence, which has been situated outside the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City since 1988. The foundation uses it for inspiration and as a creative element in their educational programs. Mission Statement The mission of the Non-Violence Proj- ect is to inspire, motivate, and engage youth to understand how to solve con- flicts peacefully. They have educated and trained more than eight million students, athletes, teachers, coaches, and youth leaders since 1993. A Tribute to John Lennon The knotted gun was originally cre- ated as a memorial tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter John Lennon by artist Carl Fredrik Reuter- swärd, a personal friend of Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. After the shooting, Reuterswärd was asked by Ono to create an artistic tribute to Lennon and his vision of a peaceful world. The result is this sculpture. Since then, it has become one of the world's most recognized symbols for non-violence and peace. The idea behind the knotted gun was to honor Lennon for his vision of a world at peace. At the time, Lennon was one of the most public advocates for peace and non-violence, and in many of his songs, both as part of the famous pop group The Beatles and together with Yoko Ono, the lyrics focused on the vision of a world with- out violence. Online Resources It is estimated that almost a billion people have seen the sculpture by now, and that some 100 million new people see it for the first time every year. You can view an art exhibition online of sculptures of the knotted gun designed by artists and other well-known people (nonviolence. com/action/arts-for-peace) and find a number of ways for your school to get involved ( schools-for-peace). Get Involved The educational approach of the Non- Violence Project is based on interac- tion and creativity. Their programs are implemented by teachers, sports coaches, and youth leaders to whom they provide face-to-face or digital training, giving them guidelines, confidence, and useful tools. They also inspire, motivate, and engage young people to understand how to solve conflicts peacefully. They meet them where they hang out—at their schools, sports clubs, on the streets, and on the internet. The project includes programs such as Arts for Peace, Schools for Peace, Sports for Peace, and an anti-bullying program. Each program is available in three lev- els, with numerous lessons per level. Each school that participates has the opportunity to order its own 3.3 foot (1 meter) white sculpture for students to paint and the school can also order small 7½" (19 cm) versions. Other schools have created a design competition in which the winning stu - dent's design has been painted on the sculpture, which is displayed in the school as a statement for non-violence and as a reminder for students to solve conflicts peacefully. Investigate the project's website to learn more about their many programs. Maria Norberg is head of communication for the Non-Violence Project Foundation. maria.norberg@ W E B L I N K Official Website: about/the-knotted-gun/ The Non-Violence Project The mission of the Non- Violence Project is to inspire, motivate, and engage outh to understand how to solve conflicts peacefull . Maria Norberg

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