Pondering, Painting & Planting Peace Poles
Wednesday, June 24, 6-8pm & Thursday, June 25, 9:30am-4:30pm
at Florence Thomas School of the Arts, West Jefferson, NC with Claudia Fulshaw

Description: So what is a Peace Pole? They seem to be popping up everywhere! The Peace Pole movement started in Japan in the 1950’s in response to the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Masahisa Goi, a philosopher, teacher and the originator of the Peace Pole, dedicated his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” A classic Peace Poles bears this message, typically in different languages, on each of the four sides of the pole. At this 2-day workshop, we will learn the history of the movement as well as spend some time reflecting on peace in our lives and how we’ve been inspired by peace and peacemakers throughout history. Using this knowledge as inspiration, we will then create our own, 4′ tall Peace Pole. We will be working in an array of colors and you can choose to add the original message and/or your own thoughts, quotes, prayers, or poetry, all with the intention of spreading a little more peace, love and light in this world. All materials will be provided, including a 4′ tall by 4″ square, pressure treated, primed, wood post, a solar light cap, a stake for planting, paint, protective clear coat, templates and brushes. Assistance with design and lettering will be provided.

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