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PeacePartners, Inc. honors our valued partners by celebrating their passion for peace, their creative ideas, and the wonderful implementation strategies they incorporate.

As we continue to support our partners, it is our privilege to showcase PeaceBuilders sites. Don't just take our word for it. Read about some featured sites as they explored their problems, developed their PeaceBuilders solution, and discovered positive outcomes! We invite you to sit back and explore the fantastic PeaceBuilding events happening throughout the United States and U.S. Territories.


Vision of Peace Quilts
Have you worked with your group of young people to create a vision of peace? Do they have a clear concept of what the word "peace" means in the context of your school community?

Peace is often described by noting a lack: a lack of noise, tension, violence, warfare, etc. We can easily use words to describe what peace is not. But how do we explain what it is?

Sometimes, especially for children, the concept of peace is difficult to put into words. But it is necessary to understand what it is if we want to build it, so allowing youth to express their ideas through art is a fun and effective way of exploring this theme. And giving them the task of working together to create a visual representation of peace demonstrates in a very concrete way how peace is built in groups, families, communities, and around the world.

One exciting way we have seen our ingenious PeaceBuilders sites teach the concept of peace is through the creation of Peace Quilts. Young people work individually or in groups on a square of the quilt, to explore and define what peace means to them. Then all the squares are put together to form a community work of art and a shared vision of peace.

This simple quilt includes squares that capture the six PeaceBuilders Principles and other important aspects of peace like "friends" and "love" and "sportsmanship."

Panels in this quilt were created not by individuals, but by different classrooms. Children worked together in teams to design and produce their square.

Likewise, this beautiful quilt has panels created by groups of children that demonstrate the
PeaceBuilders Principles.

Along with squares around the border that are made by individual children, this quilt also includes panels designed by groups to represent the PeaceBuilders Principles and some panels that illustrate shared ideas and goals like "Peace Around the World" and "Reach for the Stars."

A Peace Quilt is a great way to engage young people artistically. Working individually and together, young people can learn about different people's perceptions of and requirements for building peace. The more they talk about and explore different visions of peace, the more likely they will be to work together to achieve their goal.


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