Kent vets invited to contribute to Global Art Project for Peace

CHESTERTOWN — All military veterans in Kent County are invited to participate in a free, special art event on Saturday, March 9 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Sumner Hall (206 S. Queen St., Chestertown).

They will create a personalized interpretation of peace — using a variety of materials — to contribute to a group paper quilt and then to broaden this relationship as their art will be exchanged with another group making art, matched through the Global Art Project for Peace.

According to a news release, participants will be joining with thousands of other art messages of peace and goodwill simultaneously that will encircle the world during the week of April 23-30.

According to its website, “The mission of the Global Art Project is to joyously create a culture of peace through art. The Project celebrates diversity and multiculturalism while expressing the idea: We Are All One.”

Interested veterans can register online at http://tinyurl.com/KentVets.

This is a program for adults; childcare will not be provided.

Locally, a community exhibit featuring the art from the project and its artists will be held April 3-14 at the 200 High St. gallery of RiverArts.

An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (First Friday), April 5.

This project is made possible by a $4,000 Creativity Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council that was awarded in August 2023 to artist Marianne Laino Sade, who as the project manager is partnering with Chestertown RiverArts and Sumner Hall.

Sade said, “Creating art together in the name of peace can be powerful, rewarding, and at the same time lots of fun.”

The focal point of the activity will be to express “our individual ideas of a peaceful global community and to broaden this relationship beyond our selves, our local community, with a more worldwide one,” she said.

According to Sade, the foundation and spirit of the project is that there is power in the personal act of creating purposeful art and then sharing a group art experience, especially with another part of the world. 

“The synergy of the project sends ripples in, out and through those who participate as well as with the viewers of the creation. That is why it will be important to have a local community exhibit after we make our quilt,” she said.

To learn more about the Global Art Project for Peace, see www.globalartproject.org.

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