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We are looking for office staff, youth volunteers, board members, Peace Parks volunteers, gardeners, etc.
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Do you think you would like to help us get the word out about our Peace Parks Project?
…volunteers transforming vacant lots into peace parks in North Lawndale …..we are taking back 10 vacant lots and creating beauty where there was none, planting grass and flowers and trees…making green space for folks to sit on benches to read the paper, kids to roll on the grass, young people to stroll along pathways and enjoy nature. Everyone will view the peace sculptures and abstract sculptures paying homage to African American heroes, plus large "puzzle murals" filled with painted portraits of African American heroes created by hundreds of area children .
If so, would you please urge everyone you know to support our organization, and PPP in particular. We are looking for volunteers to attend orientation on Saturdays at noon, plus, donations both cash and inkind for the Peace Parks of North Lawndale project!
thanks so very much!
Nationally Recognized Fashion & Arts Humanity Fete (FAHF) Sat. Oct. 26. 3rd year nationally recognized award show.
Our executive director, Dianna C. Long accepts an award for her humanitarian efforts through her work at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center. She says- "I am so very committed to contributing to leveling the playing field the people who could be viewed as the have-nots occupy. The distance between the haves and the have-nots seems to increase. The difference between those who are humane and those who are not humane increases substantially each year. People increasingly become more desensitized to the pain of others."
I cannot just sit by and watch this happen.
ARTWORKS by Dianna C. Long at Adler University ….. September- January 2015
Dianna C. Long /artist
Homelessness, poverty, teen motherhood, mental illness, child abuse, domestic violence, environmental issues, street violence, animal abuse, gay issues: all themes of the artist's works in this one woman art show. The Adler University exhibits works by Dianna C. Long, an artist originally from New York State, who spent years living in California and Oregon before settling in Chicago, now for 25 years.
Community Service Hours!
Find out about community projects that Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center is involved in to improve North Lawndale.
*Peace Parks of North Lawndale (a project to acquire 10 vacant lots and transform them into beautiful peaceful green spaces with flowers, pathways, courtyards, benches, peace sculptures, plus sculptures & murals honoring African American heroes!) We need your help!
We hope to open our first Peace Park at 2101 S. Spaulding at 21st on June 5 from noon-5p.m.
The parks are created by everyday people. When we put out a call to help- those who show up will be the people who create the park that day.
* Youth Recycling Education program. youth 7-12 help the neighborhood by picking up litter, cleaning up vacant lots, planting flowers, and more. They will also learn about recycling & presentation skills. Youth 7-11 will be visiting area homes to educate people about the importance of recycling, re-using, and reducing waste.)
We need people in the neighborhood to be interested and supportive.
We need vacant lots in North Lawndale!
Plus we need volunteers to help with programming.
You can Become Part of the Solution!
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chicago Peace Walk Monthly!, from noon-1:00 beginning at 1957 S. Spaulding, 2 blocks west of the pink line Kedzie stop. Wear white and bring a large peace sign. Adults and youth are welcome. For those who want to help organize and/or be security volunteers, contact organizers to find out more- email@example.com
Yes, the Peace Walk will take place in North Lawndale. Everyone in Chicago is welcome to participate. As we work on improving the North Lawndale neighborhood, we realize that creating and maintaing peace is a large part of the process. We have come to believe that peace begins inside each of us, peace begins at home, and we carry it around with us. At Urban Art Retreat, we teach peaceful practices such as conflict resolution, mindful breathing, meditation, yoga, gardening as nature is nurture, and much more.
By working on the projects our non-profit, Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, is involved in- the Peace Parks of North Lawndale, ongoing Peace Walks, and the Youth Recycling Education Program to clean up North Lawndale, we feel we contribute to creating peace and helping others to realize peace in their lives. These types of projects and peace walks can take place in other communities as well.
There are many ways everyone can introduce peace to their lives, and feel they are making a difference and doing something to bring peace to their community. Apathy is the deadliest weapon of mass destruction. Please join us to experience group peace and encourage others to support peace.
All of us are working on projects to benefit our neighborhoods. I hope we will continue to support each other in the betterment of our communities. Peace!
www.peaceparks.weebly.com www. facebook.com/urbanartretreat
Also- special workshops for kids of all ages on painting portraits of black heroes. Can you help?!
Peace Parks Mural Project!
Wanted: locations and youth to paint portraits of African American heroes for Peace Parks "PUZZLE MURAL". You can come here or we can bring free workshop to your site!send request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to join us in Neighborhood Improvement projects? Peace Parks instead of vacant lots, & War On Filth are wonderful projects! we are recruiting volunteers to help!
We held a Fundraiser in connection with a show to support an animal rights organization, the Humane Society's outpost in North Lawndale called Pets For Life (supports & assists animal lovers).
We are forming small committees to oversee the needs of our seven programs:
Have Studio Will Travel
To find out more,
please attend Orientation.
The Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center (CUARC) is organized to provide safe space for people who are different from each other to come together and learn from each other. This non-profit was created to provide support and positive opportunities for under-represented people in an environment that strives to be multicultural.
Orientation for Volunteers! Wednesdays and Saturdays at noon by RSVP in advance only. Choose your date to attend and email us!