Art, dance and more will promote world peace.
Local high school student Zoe Pappas said when you pick up a newspaper or turn on the news, the headlines are usually about violence.
“Innocent people are being killed or injured on a daily basis,” she said.
Often, she said, the fighting is caused by racial or religious differences.
“We should embrace our differences and be more accepting,” she said.
That’s why she’s hoping that her contribution of a “peace pole,” to be unveiled at the first Peace in the Park event in Ormond Beach, will make a difference. Peace poles have messages in different languages, such as ““May peace prevail on Earth.”
The Peace in the Park event will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 24, at the labyrinth, located in Central Park II on Hammock Lane between Orchard Street and Old Kings Road.
The event, in honor of United Nations Day, will feature art displays by 20 artists from the Florida Women’s Art Association, dances of universal peace, a special art project by the Ormond Memorial Art Museum, books, a bake sale and white elephant sale. Profits will go to local charities.
The dances of universal peace, scheduled for noon, will be led by Janice ‘Jemila’ Felisko, who said that anyone at the event can take part.
“It’s not about getting the words and movements exactly right,” she said.
The dances combine mantra and scripture into melodic moving meditations, she wrote in an email.
The art that will be exhibited during the event can also be seen at Frame of Mind from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 20.
The art project presented by the museum will be presented at 11 a.m. Kristin Heron, curator, said it will be a “pop-up” event, which refers to temporary art exhibits.
‘That’s how peace will come’
Pappas said she hopes people will visit the peace pole and think about what they can do to promote peace.
“We need to do everything in our power to stop the violence and the hate and this is my contribution to the community … to spread peace around Ormond Beach,” she said.
Pappas lives in Ormond Beach and attends the international baccalaureate program at Spruce Creek High School.
Organizing the project, along with Ormond Beach Leisure Services and the women’s art league, is local artist Joan Baliker, who hopes it will become an annual event.
Baliker’s art centers on introducing people to other culttures. She said people need to find peace within themselves first, and the peace will spread out to others like ripples in a pond.
“That’s how peace will come,” she said.
IF YOU GO
What: Peace in the Park
Where: At the labyrinth on Hammock Lane between Orchard Street and Old Kings Road
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 24.
Activities: Art displays, dancing (noon), labyrinth walk, book and bake sales, peace pole unveiling.