Peace Day celebration to be held

Wednesday, Sept. 21 marks a day of cease-fire, both personal and political.

Back in 1982, the U.N. established Peace Day in order to help make peace in relationships as well as in conflicts of the world.

The BSM and UMHB art department are doing their small part of acknowledging the International Day of Peace by hosting a service in Manning Chapel at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow.

One Voice, directed by Matthew Crosby, will perform. Dr. Jessica Hooten, assistant professor of English, will recite a reading and Dr. Shawn Shannon, director of the BSM, will lead a prayer.

In preparation for this event, hand-painted pinwheels have been placed in the flower beds in front of the library.

This is the university’s third year to participate in the peace project.

Professor of art and co-organizer of Peace Day Helen Kwiatkowski helped initiate the Peace Day on campus as well as an off-campus festival.

“It will be a way of offering our private hopes and collective prayers for peace,” she said.

The art for peace festival  was created three years ago in order to raise money for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Belton by selling pinwheels.

The third annual festival for the community was held Sept. 10 at Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Belton.

The festival consisted of live entertainment, poetry readings, home-made snacks and the opportunity to purchase one of the hand-crafted pinwheels.

Among the live music performed for the festival was one of Kwiatkowski’s good friends.

Singer/song writer and entertainer Emily Kaitz said, “It was just overwhelming especially for this area. She has continued to do this…. I am very happy to be part of this.” 

Senior fine arts major, Lauren Cross enjoys helping with the event.

“This is the third annual Peace Day (for UMHB), and I’ve helped with all of them. Helen Kwiatkowski holds the festival every year and from the kindness in her heart, she takes time out of her own life and her own day to raise money for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Belton. The T-shirts were made by Pat Seals, and all the money goes straight to the kids to support them and to help them in whatever they need.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center provides comprehensive services to enhance the quality of life for abused and neglected children ages 3-17 in Central Texas.

Senior studio art and Spanish double major Ellen Buhrow realizes the importance of being at peace locally.

“Normally, people think of war and peace, but (what)we’re doing here is more of a local peace. We’re helping kids who have really hard lives, so this goes towards helping them being able to have more stable, peaceful lives.”

Author: Kirby Franze

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