The PeaceWorks KC Local Art Fair (formerly the UNplaza Art Fair) will continue as scheduled on Sept. 26-27. Due to current COVID-19 realities and our responsibility to the broader community, the art fair will be a virtual event you can access through this website.
The novel COVID-19 virus resulted in a novel Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance by PeaceWorks-KC Aug. 9. The annual event took place for the first time not outdoors but online. Victor Dougherty reflected on the Buddhist saying, “As long as there is war within, there will be war without.” Victor led the Zoom attendees in blessings for themselves, for others difficult to embrace, and for the entire world.
All artists are now invited to apply for the PeaceWorks KC Local Art Fair, formerly known as the UNPlaza Art Fair.
PeaceWorks KC presents an on-line Auction of Art! With works donated by artists to promote PeaceWorks Kansas City Local Art Fair. See and bid on all artwork HERE! Winners will be announced on May 31.
The array of videos from PeaceWorks-KC’s Annual Meeting March 1 includes these gems, produced by Mark and Jenny Semet Videography. The first video is of Sunny Hamrick opening the meeting. The second has Ann Suellentrop's encouragement to read the book Warheads to Windmills: How to Pay for the Green New Deal. The other videos come from the play "Nukes on Trial in KC." Incredible witness!
“Today I’m your coach for nonviolence.” With these words, renowned peace activist John Dear launched a weekend of nonviolent awareness and education, March 7-8, in Kansas City, Mo., and Independence.
The PeaceWorks-KC Annual Meeting was rich with meaning and memories. PeaceWorks leaders recalled events of the past year; a play explored reasons for resisting the making of parts for nuclear weapons in KC, MO. The pictures and podcast give you a taste of our Annual Meeting March 1.
John Dear, author, activist, priest, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will give a workshop at Avila University Sat., March 7, and will speak March 8 at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence. By Feb. 1, the website will go live that sells tickets to the workshop ($25 or, for students, $10). The March 8 talk is free.
On Nov. 1, in the Kansas City, Mo., Municipal Court, 15 peace activists, in an act of nonviolent civil resistance, were found guilty of trespassing at the National Security Campus in Kansas City, Mo. The NSC plant is where 85 percent of the non-nuclear parts are manufactured or procured for the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The peace activists, insisting that nuclear weapons are illegal, immoral, and threaten all life, crossed the “property line” at the plant after a PeaceWorks-KC rally. The line-crossers were arrested on Memorial Day, May 27, to heighten awareness to the dangers of producing nuclear weapons—many workers at KC’s former nuke-parts plant have died.
Artists are a hardy lot. They are tough. PeaceWorks worker bees are a hardy lot. We are tough. As Ann Suellentrop says--Art and Peace, what a combo!