As an art installation project that started in 2005 by two Art teachers in Coconut Creek, Florida, “Pinwheels for Peace” is a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. Palm Beach County Schools created pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they drew pictures, painted, collaged, etc. to visually express their feelings.
According to the group, “Pinwheels for Peace”, this project is non-political, since peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives or to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
Last year, over 2.3 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,000 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. This year, the students assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace (September 21, 2013-- they “planted” their pinwheels at select schools as an art exhibit/installation on September 20, 2013-- the pinwheels could be seen spinning in the wind spreading thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!
Palm Beach County participating schools: Binks Forest Elementary, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary, Elbridge Gale Elementary, Gove Elementary, Hammock Pointe Elementary, Lake Park Elementary, Lake Worth High School, Northboro Elementary, Pine Jog Elementary School, Pioneer Park Elementary, Rolling Green Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary School, Rosenwald Elementary School, Santaluces High School, Seminole Ridge High School, Spanish River High School.
REF: Press Release (SDPBC) Office of Public Affairs. Sept. 2013