Saturday, October 13, 2012

Peace Banners: Japan + Pittsburgh at Children's Museum, October 20 - 21.

From the Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace Facebook page comes news of an event next weekend at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (map):
Create a giant collaborative banner about peace, just like children have done all over Asia with visiting artist and teacher Dr. Ronni Alexander from Hiroshima, Japan. Learn about Dr. Alexander's inspiring art therapy work with Japanese children after the 2011 tsunami in Japan and see an exhibition of peace banners those children have made. Do it yourself as we create a peace banner from Pittsburgh, representing peace, hope and international friendship!

Click here to learn more about Dr. Alexander's international peace work with children and her beloved character, Popoki the Cat. Since 2008, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh has worked with Dr. Alexander and the local group Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace to increase understanding between people in Pittsburgh and Japan and to encourage a shared vision of a peaceful future through age-appropriate programs for families.
The banner-making will take place from 1:30 to 2:00 pm on the 20th and 21st. The museum hosted "Experience the Arts of the Silk Road" this afternoon, though I didn't hear about it until a few minutes ago. So, um, I hope you had a good time.

On a somewhat-related topic, remember Squirrel Hill's Taylor Allderdice High School will host 24 students from Hitachi Dai Ni High School on November 7 through 10 as part of the Kizuna Project, "to share the real stories of their lives . . . at a presentation about their experiences and recovery efforts in the area" heavily damaged by the March 11, 2011 tsunami and earthquake.