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AUG-SEP 2008

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PINWHEELS Everywhere! a org Imagine a million pinwheels spinning in the wind—pinwheels in the United States, Great Britain, South America, Mexico, Australia, the Middle East, Canada, Africa, and Asia— colorful pinwheels, decorated with drawings, paintings, collages, photographs—pinwheels with words of peace and harmony written on them—fields of pinwheels, along roadsides, in schoolyards, in parks. This is the Pinwheels for Peace project! Pinwheels for Peace is an art and literacy installation project started in 2005 as a way for students to express their feelings about what's going on in the world and in their lives. Art educators, teachers, scout groups, churches, and entire cities quickly embraced the project, which then became a meaningful and powerful art advocacy agent. On September 21, 2006, people in over 2,400 locations throughout the world "planted" approximately a million pinwheels in public places in their communities, spreading thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world. This was the first year of the Pinwheels for Peace project. Now, we're preparing for September 21st, 2008, year three; and, this time we're hoping to see pinwheels EVERYWHERE! Violence has become commonplace and accepted as part of our society and, for some students, it is a way of life. It is our hope that through the Pinwheels for Peace project, we can help our students make a public visual 20 schoolartsonline.com ni z s Focus In te Pinwheels for Peace An Art and Literacy Installation Project Page sponsored by: da ation up statement about their feelings on war, peace, tolerance, cooperation, harmony, and unity, and let people know what the next generation is thinking. This is not political. Peace doesn't have to be associated with war; it can be related to violence and intolerance in our daily lives. Peace is what you feel in your heart. Participating in the project is simple: Students create pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, students write their thoughts about war and peace, tolerance, and living in harmony with others on one side. The writing can be poetry, prose, or essay—whatever writing form is appropriate for students to express themselves. On the other side, students draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings. On International Day of Peace, September 21, 2008, everyone will "plant" their pinwheels outside (at schools, museums, public places, etc.) as a public statement and art installation. Please join us on September 21, 2008, as we celebrate International Day of Peace with Whirled Peace and pinwheels EVERYWHERE! For more information, to join the project, or for pinwheel directions and templates, go to www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.

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