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Our dreams of peace are reflected in our daily thoughts, words and actions. ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation is partnering with the City of Naperville, Districts 203 & 204, North Central College, and  prestigious organizations across the city to bring you the sixth annual Celebration of Peace. A variety of events and activities associated with peace and understanding provide inspiration for building harmony in our community and supporting charitable initiatives.

Every year, world peace is celebrated during the month of September. In 2007, for the first time, the City of Naperville proclaimed September 7th through October 5th as “Celebration of Peace” month. The month long inaugural celebration featured an astounding variety of events and activities designed to spark interest, heighten creativity, and prompt increased dialogue towards building harmony in our communities.

 

 

Celebration of Peace 2015 is here!

Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony

The Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony was held at Veterans Park in Naperville on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

Highlights of this unique program included:
+ Addresses by retired Mayor Pradel, Mayor of Naperville Steve Chirico, and Mike Reilly, Park Board President
+ Live band and choral music by our Naperville children
+ Reading of the Peace Pole message by international students from North Central College
+ Honoring Naperville’s first ‘Peace Advocate’
+ And a very unique peace formation by all in attendance

We sincerely thank the community and volunteers for making this event so successful. It is your participation and enthusiasm that allows us to conduct such events. Thank you!.

p.s. even the sun came out to attend after a cloudy week!

 

Celebration of Peace 2013-2014

We thank you, and the Naperville community, for a most successful ‘We Are One’ our global immersion multicultural event, Around the World in 8 Folk Tales.

The success of these celebrations are because of you, our supporters, our precious volunteers, and our sponsors. The gift of your time, skills, and caring means so much to us and helps us to promote our mission of enhancing cultural awareness, peace, and harmony, and of bringing people together. Get involved! Volunteer your time and talent.

Please contact info@thinkglobalarts.org and join us in helping out with our events this year!

Event Calendar (May 2013 – May 2014)

Date Event
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 The film festival, ‘Taking Root’, featuring the inspiring work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai is on April 8, 2014 at the 95th Street Library, 6:30pm Meeting Room B.
Admission is free. All are welcome.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Madden Theatre
1171 E. Chicago Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
Two shows: 3pm & 6pmFolk Tales logoclick the image for the event flyer
ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation presents “We Are One”, our biennial global immersion multicultural production that enhances cultural awareness, diversity and community outreach all with the overall objective of promoting peace and harmony.

This year, ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation in partnership with North Central College and CIRCA-Pintig presents a theatrical production titled Around the World in 8 Folk Tales, featuring folk tales from countries around the world, with original script, music and dance. Partnerships with several cultural organizations from many different countries enables us to bring this global theatrical extravaganza to Naperville. There are two chances to see the performances (3pm and 6pm). View pictures from the event here.

A reception was held February 15th to announce the Folk Tales event. View pictures here.

To be determined ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation in partnership with the Naperville Park District is thrilled to announce the Dedication Ceremony of the Peace Pole in Veterans Park (301 W. Gartner Road) in Naperville, “May Peace Prevail On Earth”. Time to be announced.
Friday, December 13, 2013

Our World, Our Future

The award ceremony for Art & Essay contest.
The theme of this year’s contest was “Our World, Our Future!”Tuesday, October 1 – November 1, The eagerly awaited Arts & Essay contest has been launched across the Naperville community! The theme of this year’s contest is “Our World, Our Future!” Please click here for further information about this contest.
Here are the winning entries.

Celebration of Peace 2012

Event Calendar (May 2012 – May 2013)

Date Event
Friday, November 9 Please join us in the viewing of an award winning documentary ‘Taking Root’. Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. The event will start at 3:30pm and go to 5:00pm at Meiley-Swallow Theatre, 31 S. Ellsworth St. North Central College, Naperville, IL 60540
Monday, October 1, 2012 – Thursday, November 1, 2012 The eagerly awaited Arts & Essay contest has been launched across the Naperville community! The theme of this year’s contest is “Peace Begins with a Smile!” Please click here for further information about this contest.

Celebration of Peace 2011

Event Calendar (Janurary 2011 – April 2012)

Date Event
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Thursday April 26, 2012 ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation in partnership with the City of Naperville and Office of International programs at North Central College recently hostedChitra Banerjee Divakaruni , an Award-winning Author at a community event at the Wentz Fine Arts Center and with programs at Hill Middle and Metea Valley schools.

Celebration of Peace 2010

Event Calendar (September 7th – December 11th)

Date Event
Tuesday, September 7th Mayoral Proclamation of “Celebration of Peace” 2010, at Naperville City Council Meeting Room (7 pm). All are welcome!
Thursday September 9th – Tuesday, October 14th Lions Club International Peace Poster exhibit Naperville Municipal Center in the Main Lobby.
Friday, September 10th “Celebration of Peace” 2010 is proud to announce internationally renowned Jazz & Classical Violin Maestro L. Subramaniam LIVE in concert. The performance is brought to you by ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation in partnership with Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, SAPNA, and SVS at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College (7:00 pm).
Monday, September 27th Keynote address to Metea Valley High School students in Naperville byBenjamin Zander, the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, from 9am – 11am.
Tuesday, September 15th – Friday, October 15th “Peace Theme Contests” are open to all Naperville area school children. The Theme this year is “Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace” which will have these seperate contest categories:

  • Essay/Story/Poetry
  • Music
  • Video
  • Art ~ Creative Stamp Design
  • Poster (hosted by Naperville Noon Lions Club)

Guidelines for “Peace Theme Contests” for categories 1 – 4.
Guidelines for “Lions 2010 Peace Poster Contest” Only

Friday, October 1st – Monday, November 1st Start of 30 Days and Ways to practice Peace! Published daily in Naperville SUN.

This year for the first time, a corporate company, RR Donnelley is introducing “30 days & Ways to Practice Peace” to its employees. Additionally, Districts 203, 204, Private schools, libraries in the Naperville area will feature these on a daily basis.

Peace buttons are available from ThinkGlobal Arts Froundation for those practicing Peace this month. Please call (630) 697-4441 for your button!

Thursday, November 4th “Our world in Astonishing Perspectives”, Jeff Lieberman, Host of Discovery Channel show Time Warp, Meilley-Swallow Hall, North Central College, (7 pm)
Friday, November 12th Press Conference for “Peace Theme Contests“. Bring your families & friends, all are welcome! Refreshments will be available. Naperville City Hall (7 pm – 8 pm)
Saturday, December 11th “Jazz at Christmastime” Concert, featuring Rick DellaRatta, Jazz Pianist / Vocalist / Composer, Pfeiffer Hall (7 pm)

Peace in Their Time

“Peace in Their Time” by Jane Donahue for Sunday, November 15, 2010.

Who knew a celebration of peace would be buzzing with such excitement. More than 150 children and adults gathered Nov. 12 at the Naperville Municipal Center when ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation announced the winners of the 2010 “Think Peace, Act Peace, Spread Peace” art and essay contests. ” If even one child here has spent a few minutes thinking about what it is to be peaceful…

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Celebration of Peace 2009

Event Calendar (October 15th – Novemeber 15th)

Date Event
Tuesday, September 8th
  1. Guidelines Packet for Creative Stamps Design Contest, Peace Poster Contest and Peace Essay/Poem Contest given to School Districts 203, 204, and Private schools in Naperville area.
  2. Please fill the formal Authorization for Permission to display and use the Stamp Design or Poetry/Essay in our website and/or in other publicity materials.
  3. Arts for Peace” collection information given to Schools, Libraries, and Book Stores, and Art Stores in area.
Monday, September 21st International Day of Peace at Brookdale Elementary SChool, by The Peace Garden (near the playground), from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.
Tuesday, October 6th Mayoral Proclamation of “Celebration of Peace” 2009,
at Naperville City Council Meeting Room (7 pm). All are welcome!
Thursday, October 15ht ‘Peace month BEGINS!’

Start of 30 Days and Ways to practice Peace!

  1. Peace buttons are available from ThinkGlobal Arts Foundation for those practicing Peace this month. Please call (630) 697-4441 for your button!
  2. Start of “Arts for Peace” Charity Drive, for the second year!
  3. Donate an Essential Binder filled with school and arts materials! See your teacher for details. Please visit your local Library, Book Store, or Art Store, to see an “Arts for Peace” Essential Binder.
Friday, October 16th Keynote Address by Alex Counts (Open to high school students only) at Naperville Central High School from 1pm – 3pm.

Reception & Talk by Keynote Speaker Alex Counts at Whole Foods Lifestyle Center from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Location: Whole Foods Market 2607 W. 75th Street Naperville, Illinois Phone: (630) 904-0669
Open to entire community

Monday, October 26th Creative Stamps Design Contest, Peace Poster Contest and Peace Essay/Poem Contest, Final Submissions due !!!

Peace Poster Contest Rules

Arts Judges Panel: Creative Stamp Design & Peace Poster – tba
Peace Essay/Poem Judges Panel: TBA

Thursday, October 29th Film Festival – Black Nature of the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall from 7pm – 9:30pm.
Monday, November 2nd “Artist in Residence” program with Nani Agbeli (Open to Districts 203 & 204 students) from November 2-6 (Monday through Friday).
Friday, November 13th Press Conference for Creative Stamps Design Contest, Peace Poster Contest and Peace Essay/Poem Contest at Naperville City Hall from 7pm – 8pm.
Saturday, November 14th “WE ARE ONE”, a grand multi cultural event. Mark your calendars for a show that you would not want to miss at Wentz Concert Hall & Fine Arts Center from 7pm – 9pm.
Sunday, November 15th Peace Month Ends.

Celebration of Peace 2008

Event Calendar (September 15th – October 29th)

Tuesday, September 2nd Mayoral Proclamation of “Celebration of Peace” month at Naperville City Council Meeting starting at 7pm.

Registration Open for Creative Stamps Design Contest, Peace Poster Contest and Essay/Poem Contest.

Arts Judges Panel (Creative Stamp Design & Peace Poster): Broz, Joan; Hertzberg, Stephen; Maziarek, Ronnie; Khatau, Ramila; England, Debra

Essay/Poem Judges Panel: Beaty, Andrea; Chaya, Mayank; Tate, Carol; West, Tim; Jan Dundon

Wednesday, September 15th – Thursday, October 16th 30 Days and Ways to Practice Peace

Arts For Peace charity project

Wednesday, October 1st Talk by Robert Thurman open to all high school students at Naperville Central High School from 10am – noon.

Talk by Robert Thurman to the entire community at North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall from 7pm – 10pm.

Thursday, October 2nd Opening reception for Exhibit titled “Contemporary Peacemakers” at North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Panel Discussion on “The Culture of Peace and Harmony” North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall from 7:30pm – 9:30pm.

Wednesday, October 15th Press Conference for Creative Stamps Design Contest, Peace Poster Contest and Essay/Poem Contest
Naperville City Hall (7 pm – 8 pm)
Thursday, October 16th Film Fest at North Central College’s Meiley-Swallow Hall from 7pm – 9:30pm
Wednesday, October 29th Talk by Martin Luther King III open to all high school students which will be held at Neuqua Valley High School from 10am – noon.

Luncheon with Martin Luther King III at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville, IL 60540

Celebration of Peace 2007

Event Calendar (September 7th – October 5th)

August 21st Mayoral Proclamation of “Celebration of Peace” month in Naperville at City Council Meeting.
September 7th Inauguration Ceremony at Naperville City Hall.

Invitation

September 8th Film Festival at Presentation Hall on the campus of Benedictine University.
September 11th Artist’s Reception will be held from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Oesterle Gallery on the campus of North Central College. Meet with Revati Natesan, creator of the Exhibit titled, “Mahatma Gandhi – His Life & Legacy“.

Opening of Exhibit titled, “Mahatma Gandhi in Cartoon” at the Krasa Center at Benedictine University.

Opening of Exhibit titled, “International Lions Club Peace Posters” at the Krasa Center at Benedictine University.

September 14th Talk by Rajmohan Gandhi, Naperville Central High School.

Luncheon with Rajmohan Gandhi for select high school students at Waubonsie Valley High School.

September 15th Talk by Rajmohan Gandh at Pfeiffer Hall on the campus of North Central College.
September 18th Panel Discussion “Peace & Ahimsa” at Neuqua Valley High School.
September 20th Watoto Childrens Choir at Naperville North High School.
September 2th World of Hope at Naperville North High School.
September 29th Cultural Show at Waubonsie Valley High School Auditorium.
October 2nd Press Conference for winners of the “Creative Stamp Design” and “Peace Poster Contest”, on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary at Naperville Art League Gallery.
October 5th Closing Ceremony at Naperville City Hall.

Special highlights of this month long celebration included an exhibit titled “Mahatma Gandhi – His Life and Legacy” and two major presentations by Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Rajmohan Gandhi.

Peace Poster Contest

This contest was hosted by the Naperville Noon Lions Club, and was open to the Middle School and Junior High Students (Grades 6, 7, & 8) at all Naperville area schools. Students were invited to design posters with the theme of “Peace Around The World”, the theme of the 2007-2008 Lions Clubs International Poster Contest.

The winning poster at the “local” judging level was announced at the Press Conference on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s Birth Anniversary.