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Promoting a Culture of Peace for Children ~ War Toys to Peace Art

Apply now for Funding for Peace Art Projects

The Promoting a Culture of Peace for Children Society is offering small grants to fund child centered fine arts projects (music, drama, visual arts and dance) that promote a culture of peace and non-violence for children and reach a wider audience. 

A maximum grant of $175.00 is available to groups working with children from pre-school to Grade 12. It is intended to cover materials and presentation costs but cannot be applied to staff wages. 

Submissions Deadlines: (See Notes on the Submission Dates below) 

  Oct 2 - Gandhi's Birthday
  Dec 10 - Human Right's Day
  Mar 21 - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Please download and complete the application form and send via email to carriefroese@gmail.com

The grant will be awarded within a week of each deadline date based on the following criteria:

  1. Submission is made by midnight of the deadline date
  2. Signed agreement to follow project guidelines and procedures.
  3. Description of how the fine arts project engages children in a fine arts project to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence for children including
      a) Project overview
      b) Age of participants
      c) Number of participants
    d) Plan to share the work with a larger audience (who, how, number)
  4. Detail budget of material and project costs
  5. Listing of co-funders if the project cost is far beyond the $175.00 grant

Projects Guidelines and Procedures for Grant to be paid to Award Recipient:

 · Project write up for website (maximum 200 words) with 6 pictures (jpeg format)  of art work and or performances and presentations 

 · Media release for students in the photos signed by parents 

 · Signed acknowledgement that submissions will become the property of Promoting A Culture of Peace For Children Society and may be used for promotional materials and displayed on the website 

 · Receipts for expenditures

Notes on the Deadline Dates:

Gandhi's Birthday -  Gandhi's birthday was chosen as one of the deadline dates to make submissions for funding. 

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869. His birthday is an opportunity to consider his accomplishments and legacy. 

Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the non-violent protest against English imperialism in India. He remains an inspiration to peaceful civil rights movements and activism across the globe. 

Gandhi died in 1948, but he still serves as an example of what a single person can be accomplish with heart as opposed to aggression. In celebration of his birth and life, choose to live as he lived and; "(B)e the change you want to see in the world."

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination -  Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on December 10th. The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation on December 10, 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This was the first global definition of human rights and one of the first major achievements of the new United Nations.  

It is on December 10th that the five-yearly United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize are awarded. Many governmental and nongovernmental organizations active in the human rights field also schedule special events to commemorate the day, as do many civil and social-cause organizations.

Human Rights Day -  The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed with a series of events and activities worldwide on March 21 each year. 

The day aims to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination. 

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was established six years after an event, known as the Sharpeville tragedy or Sharpeville massacre, which captured worldwide attention. This event involved police opening fire and killing 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa, March 21, 1960. 

The UN General Assembly called on the international community to increase its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination when it proclaimed the day as a UN Day of observance in 1966. It also called on all world states and organizations to participate in a program of action to combat racism and racial discrimination in 1983. It held the World Conference against Racism and Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in 2001. The UN continues its work to fight against all forms of racial intolerance. 

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Past Events

In Search of Peace Art Sumissions

"The Fountain of Peace"

Visited Vancouver and Lower Mainland Elementaryand Middle Year Schools January/February 2011.

The intent of the Fountain of Peace Project is to raise peace consciousness and honour the voice of children and their role in peace and their futures. The fountain traveled across Canada visiting children and asking the questions:
     What does Peace mean to you?
    What kind of world do you want?

The Fountain of Peace was reassembled at each school and stones from around the world were hung in random order creating a world without borders.

Each participating school was twinned with another country and a mural with messages and images created by the Canadian children was offered as a gift to the twinned school.

A special song has been written for the Fountain's journey and was sung by children across Canada.  The children’s voices were collected and then overlapped to create a recording  of a collaborative collection of Canadian children singing a peace song in Canada.

Canada Day in Coquitlam:
 
The City of Coquitlam celebrated their 2nd annual Canada Day celebration at Lafarge Lake, Pinetree Way, Coquitlam.  This was an arts-based Canada Day event with visual, fine and performing arts taking place through-out the day.
 
There was a Promoting Cultures of Peace for Children Society tent at this free fun-filled family event.  This event took place Thursday July 1, 2010  with two activities, a peace train made with playdough and a "tree of leaves"  similar to the Avatar "tree of souls"  with messages of peace on a live tree. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010 
- UBC Olympic Torch Family Celebration
- Make Olympic Truce peace rings at the Old Barn Community Center between 4 - 6:30 pm.

Friday, February 26, 2010
- 4 - 8 pm at the Port Moody Public Library.  Children's Olympic Truce celebration took place in the Parklane Room. Those who attended made a peace ring and participated in other peace related activities.

During the month of February, 2010
- Art displays in the cases in front of the children's department at the New Westminster Public Libray.
- Ten Thousand Villages on Broadway in Kitsilano had an Olympic Truce themed window with our peace art

NOVEMBER 7, 8 & 11
The World Peace Forum Society
Presented

1929-1939 FROM CRASH TO CATASTROPHE:  A TEACH-IN ON WHAT HAPPENED AND ITS LESSONS FOR TODAY
MARITIME LABOUR CENTRE
1880 Triumph Street

Acts of Transformation: War Toys to Peace Art
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th through MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st

Children’s Peace Festival
Sunday May 31, 2009
Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver

Performances & Opening Cermoney ( 12:00- 1:00)
- Opening remarks by Ellen Woodsworth, Vancouver City Councillor.
- Don Davies, MP
- The Doukhobor Choir
- Poetry Readings
- Music & Drumming
- Global Dancers

Peace Art Stations ( 10:00- 12:00) & (1:00- 3:00))
- Children's Arts & Crafts : Paper Mache, Art Toys to Peace Arts
- Solve a conflict with a peacemaker video game
- Write peace poetry
- Face Painting
- Compose letters for peace
- Olympic/Five Ring truce game
- Storytelling in French followed by a craft
- Unicef Activity
- Peace Circle
- Origami

* All proceeds donated to the benefit of the ongoing educational programs of Promoting Cultures of Peace for Children (non-profit) Society.  

Saturday July 18, 2009 12-5pm
AFRICA PEACE FESTIVAL
Violent toys/video games were used to make peace art.
Several peace art stations for youth were available.
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3

Saturday March 14, 2009 11:45 a.m.
"Acts: Transformation from War Toys to Peace Art" (11 mins) with Susan Ruzic speaking about the project after the video.
SOCIAL JUSTICE FILM FESTIVAL
TRINITY UNITED CHURCH
2211 PRAIRIE AVE., PORT COQUITLAM

Sharing the Dream: WebCast with Michael Furdyk, February 20, 2009

Michael Furdyk's role as our Sharing the Dream partner in Youth Global Citizenship is powerful. As one of Teen People's "20 teens that will change the world", Michael has shared his opinions about Youth Engagement and experiences as a member of the Net Generation by speaking at dozens of events, including the World Congress on IT, the US Government's National Youth Summit, Microsoft's Anytime, Anywhere Learning Summits, The Business Council, and TED. He has made numerous media appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, CNN, MSNBC, and USA Today. He is a board member and advisor to numerous groups including Microsoft, Pollution Probe, the Anytime, Anywhere Learning Foundation, and several other national and global organizations. Now he has a role with our Youth here in B.C.

Student and Teacher Preparation Materials : What Are the Criteria for Global Citizenship?

· Pre WebCast activities available at 10:40 a.m. Pacific Standard Time - Click for the prewebcast document.

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