From the 9th December to 7th January
- Openning : Saturday 9th December, 2pm.
Peace, Love & Hope, is a unique anti-bullying project that spreads a global message by getting children aged 5 to 15 involved in exchange through art. Founded in 2007 by a Montreal-based artist and art educator, Avy Loftus, Peace Love & Hope has so far reached more than 100,000 children, in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Chicago, Cincinnati, Washington DC, Forth Worth, Ballina (Ireland), Jakarta and Bandung (Indonesia).
Peace, Love & Hope promotes anti-bullying through art workshops, public presentations, personal story exchanges, outreach and exhibitions. Children are invited to participate in batik workshops, where they are taught the techniques and have the opportunity to create individual pieces on the theme of peace, love and hope. The pieces are then assembled into large-scale quilts which Avy brings on tours and exhibits at museums, cultural centres, schools and international children’s festivals, raising awareness and visibility for the anti-bullying cause.
Peace, Love & Hope invites children of all ethnic and socio-cultural backgrounds to participate in creative activities that foster dialogue and a deeper understanding of a complex societal problem. Through batik art workshops, talks and public exhibitions of the children’s collective artworks, Peace, Love & Hope strives to engage the participants to:
- inspire hope and solidarity in other children, parents and communities around the world;
- keep and spread peace at home, at school, and in their communities;
- love one another, regardless of background;
- participate actively in their communities through action, dialogue, and random acts of kindness.
Peace, Love & Hope invites parents, educators, community leaders and the general public to help our children to fulfill these objectives, so that we may live in a loving, peaceful society today and always.