ABOUT PICTURING PEACE
During the past two decades of school violence in the US, Picturing Peace has been committed to the development of young people who support the cause of peace. The program spread to schools in Northern Ireland that also faced issues of violence and discord.
Picturing Peace is collaborating with the KidsPlay Children’s Museum on “Star of the Week”, a Happiness Program in which children, 5-9 years are interviewed during the Covid-19 pandemic using ZOOM conferencing to explore their feelings of happiness and sadness. Their words and photographs are made into Storyboard comics with the assistance of museum staff.
At the Mattatuck Museum, the Picturing Peace curriculum is used to guide youth to make pictures about their feelings of the pandemic. We are sponsoring a contest for the best photographs of assemblages, shadow boxes/collages, places and portraits.
Picturing Peace is an arts program that has been conducted in 25 fourth and fifth grade classrooms in California, Wisconsin and Connecticut. Students choose peace vocabulary words, such as solidarity, calm, love and togetherness and a type of photography–portraits, landscapes, abstracts– to guide their pictures of peace
Photo Caption: Undergraduate at Lawrence University assisting 5th grader to photograph his picture of peace.
Two 5th grade student exhibitions were shown in Connecticut in 2020. Website visitors can see a slideshow of the exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury and view a gallery of pictures from the KidsPlay Children’s Museum in Torrington.