The second annual Imagine Peace Festivalwas another huge success. The weather was "iffy" but that did not stop the event from running without any "glitches". There was something for everyone. For the academically-oriented, there were discussions. For the visual, there were films and art displays. For those that enjoy the auditory satisifaction of art, there was music. For the kinesthetic, there were art activities. We repeatedly heard from our participants and festival goers how meaningful, well organized, and fun this event was. We are already talking about next year's 3rd Annual
Stucco Dogs In the Library Auditorium, the program consisted of these presentations: Downstairs in Library
noon to 5:00pm ~ Art Display
Meeting Room A sponsored by Blue Sky Institute
Meeting Room B sponsored by Desert Greens Green Party of Utah "A Department of Peace: Is It Time?" - panel discussion with noteables from our community PANELISTS
Caru Das Adhikary, Hindu and Vedic Priest of Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple
Representative of Mormons for Equality and Social Justice (MESJ)
Michael Minch, UVSC Peace and Conflict Studies
Danielle Endres, Assistant Professor of Communications/Rhetoric, University
of Utah One Voice Children's Choir "The Peace Tree"
Two young girls of different faiths (Muslim and Christian) dream of celebrating each other's religious festivals, but meet resistance from their families. The children enlighten their parents and community to the importance of sharing and celebrating diversity together by creating a Peace Tree - decorated with symbols of all faiths and cultures on one tree, representing the beauty of diversity in unity. The Peace Tree, adorned with symbols such as the origami paper crane, the Moon and Star (Islam), the Om (Hinduism), the Star of David (Judaism), the Cross (Christianity) highlight the harmony of every culture and faith to celebrate peace and create hope for our planet.
hanging decorations on the peace tree in the library