Art of Peace aims to unite community amid creativity

photo by Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph Dana Cargile of Tyler holds a piece of art created by artist Helen Kwiatkowski of Belton, Texas, during the 2013 Art of Peace Art Show reception Thursday at the Regions Bank lobby in downtown Tyler. Kwiatkowski is the festival coordinator of the Art of Peace Festival in Belton, which was the starting idea for the Tyler festival.

The fifth annual Art of Peace Tyler gets fully underway this week. With nine days of arts-based events, community members can pick and choose what they like.

The celebration coincides with the United Nations International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.

The purpose of Art of Peace is to promote compassion, creativity and community, according to promotional information.

This year's theme is "Partnerships for Peace" and this year's showcased nonprofit is the St. Paul Children's Foundation.

Event co-founder and organizing committee member Neal Katz described the event as "a series of peace celebrations in Tyler."

He said too often the words and images people are surrounded by daily are negative - strife, struggle and politics.

"It's important that we as a community take a moment to have a peaceful event," he said, adding that the event provides for moments of togetherness, community and hope.

With the exception of the peace meal and the concert, all other events are free. Any money raised through the event will benefit the St. Paul Children's Foundation, which supports more than 40,000 local children and their families annually with food, clothing, pediatric medical and dental care and spiritual support.

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The event schedule is:

Sunday: Art of Peace Worship Service, 11 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1629 Old Omen Road, Tyler; "Intertwined: Shared Endeavor," 1 to 5 p.m. Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 S. Mahon Ave.; Victory Over Violence Exhibit, regularly library hours through Sept. 20, Tyler Public Library, 200 S. College Ave.

Monday: Personal Community Service

Tuesday: Conversations on Peace-Seeking, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tyler Junior College Rogers Student Center Apache Rooms Nos. 3 and 4.

Wednesday: Community Peace and Praise Service, 7 p.m. New Life Community Church, 1201 NNW Loop 323, Tyler.

Thursday: Shop for Peace, 5 to 6 p.m. Hangers of Hope, 3500 S. Broadway Ave.

Friday: Peace Vigil, noon Downtown Square, 100 N. Broadway Ave., Tyler.

Saturday: Peace Art at Day for Kids, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bergfeld Park, 1510 S. College Ave.; Ruthie Foster in Concert, 8 p.m. Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St., Tickets cost $20 online or $25 at the door.

Sunday: Art of Peace Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Tyler Unity Center of Practical Christianity, 14024 Texas Highway 155 South; Independent Film, 2 to 4 p.m. Tyler Public Library's Taylor Auditorium, 201 S. College Ave.

Monday: Peace Pole Dedication, noon St. Paul Children's Foundation, 1358 E. Richards St., Tyler; Peace Meal, 6 p.m. Marvin United Methodist Church Pirtle Hall, 300 W. Erwin St.; Living Peace Sign to follow at 7 p.m.

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