An art exhibit aiming to promote peace through postcards is being displayed at the Multicultural Center throughout the week.
The Peace from Around the World exhibit, presented by the URI Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies features postcards from the Peace Postcards organization. Established in 2008, Peace Postcards is an international art project which invites people to express their vision of world peace through postcards.
“We want people to come here and see these cards and see other people’s visions of peace and hopefully it will encourage them to think about peace,” Weiss said.
The project was started by Allan Weiss, an attorney and peace activist from Louisville, Kentucky. The idea for Peace Postcards came from advice his parents gave him when he was younger. They told him that everyone is obligated to ‘heal the world’ in one way or another. With this in mind, Weiss created Peace Postcards, which also incorporates his interest in folk art.
“Weiss just thought this up and decided to do it.” said Terry Taylor, the executive director of Interfaith Paths to Peace, the non-profit organization that runs the program. “He’s invested his time and money inviting children from all over the world to do this particular project.”
Those who are interested in making a Peace Postcard are first given a blank postcard, with the back serving as a canvas. Students can put whatever they want onto the postcard that illustrates how they perceive the idea of peace, such as a collage or quotes.
The cards are sent to Peace Postcards and will be used in displays and exhibits around the world .The cards are also featured on the program’s official website, peacepostcards.org.
Since the program was first established, it has received more than 20,000 ‘peace postcards’ from around the world. The collection displayed at the Hardge Forum in the Multicultural Center includes postcards from Iran, China and the United States.
Peace Postcards have been displayed in numerous locations worldwide, including the University of Louisville, the Tehran Peace Museum in Iran and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan. Weiss visited Hiroshima in August 2011, where he talked about the overall goal the program is looking to achieve by showcasing their postcard displays there.
The Peace from Around the World exhibit will be open daily through September 21.