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AUG-SEP 2013

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foCuS in: oRGAnizATion updATeS The Peace Pole Project Jim Dugan A ll across the planet there are special totems for peace. They are found on college campuses, city parks, mountaintops, churchyards, at the Pyramids in Egypt, and now they are about to be found in art classrooms across the United States. These monuments to peace are called Peace Poles and all have the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth" written on each side in different languages. quarters located two hours north of New York City at the World Peace Sanctuary. There are currently an estimated 240,000 Peace Poles around the planet. enlisting Schools Two years ago, the Peace Pole Project enlisted about a dozen art teachers to work with their students to design and create Peace Poles on their own. Everyone was amazed to see what happened when young imaginations comThe origin of peace poles bined with the concept of peace. The Peace Poles were started in Japan response was so tremendous that the shortly after World War II by philosoonly thing to do was to go nationwide. pher, artist, and teacher Now, with the start Masahisa Goi. Goi felt of the 2013–2014 school Peace Poles are a that the statement, "May simple, constant year, comes the Youth Peace Prevail on Earth," Art Peace Pole Project reminder of had the capacity to bring (YAPPP). Earlier this peace—nothing together people of differyear, YAPPP enlisted one more, nothing less. K–12 art educator in each ent cultures, faiths, and traditions in the shared of the fifty states and human goal of a more peaceful and Washington, DC, to work with their sustainable planet. Peace Poles are a students to design and create a Peace simple, constant reminder of peace— Pole for their school. nothing more, nothing less. The first of these Peace Poles eveninternational day of peace tually evolved into the Peace Pole These Peace Poles can have the word Project, a nonpolitical, nonsectarian, "peace" in anywhere from four to nonprofit organization with its headforty languages and can be covered in Page sponsored by: 42 mosaic, cloth, paint, or whatever young artists choose. Each of the teachers enlisted will receive a seven-foot blank Peace Pole to decorate based on the imaginations of their students. The finished Peace Poles will be displayed on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2014, at a place of significance in the state where they were created, then installed at the institution in which they were made. You don't have to be one of the fiftyone teachers already onboard to make a Peace Pole with your students. E-mail Jim Dugan at to receive directions and language translations and get your students started making a Peace Pole of their own. If you do make one and send YAPPP a photo of your students with their Peace Pole, along with a very short story of their journey, you will receive something very special for you and your students. We will also tell you how to make a simple time capsule to go inside. Visit for more information on this amazing project. James Millan Dugan is the director of the Youth Art Peace Pole Project at the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York.

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