Tomorrow is World Art Day. Art and peace go hand-in-hand.
Recently, I was moved by the Iraqi art featured at Tanenbaum’s Divinely Inspired Art Event. The paintings evoked feelings of conflict, transformation, and peace. As I sit with these reflections, I think of the Peacemakers in Action in our Peacebuilding program, who show us that artists are storytellers.
Ask Peacemaker Dishani Jayaweera and she will tell you how art can help a community in Sri Lanka heal. Peacemaker Friar Ivo Markovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina knows the power of music as an art form; he leads Pontanima, an interfaith choir with a message of hope and peace.
For Peacemaker Dr. Sarah AK Ahmed, art is a restorative process that reinspires and recenters her, as she recently shared at Divinely Inspired:
“We are all here gathered to celebrate peace and what better way to do that than through art? Whenever I want to escape reality, or alter how I feel, I paint, I look to artists, and I browse paintings online.”
Art has the capacity to center us, restore us, heal us, and maybe even move us towards peace, one moment at a time.
Wishing you an inspiring and peaceful World Art Day.
Rev. Mark Fowler and the Peacebuilding Team