Thursday October 4, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- As part of Gallery Walk, the B4Peace Celebration and Cost of War Project will be presented at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

The B4Peace Project, a collaboration of GRACE Cares and Namaya Productions, with support from the Vermont Community Foundation, is sponsoring an event to bring the community together to understand the costs of war and its impact on communities. The event welcomes children and adults, with art and music.

The Cost of War art project invites people to fill out and draw price tags with the price of military weapons and what that money can alternatively be used for. For example, one tomahawk missile is $1.4 million dollars that equal approximately 26 college scholarships to UVM. But with veterans and their families the human cost also needs to be considered.

Games and workshop areas will be set up so that people of all ages can create and have fun and learn about the cost of war and peace. People can display their art at the Peace Wall in the River Garden. Come meet Veterans and peace groups from all over Vermont and New England. Join a discussion with them and learn more about their experiences. Create a Cost of War card. Music and performances for peace are also scheduled.

Also, there will be an installation of 100 Flowers of Peace art banners of a poem by Namaya that has been translated into 70 languages and performed around the world. Other peace arts works will also be on display. Art supplies will be provided so kids of all ages can create their vision of a peaceful world.