Bloomington Peace Week 2009 begins at the John Waldron Arts Center on Friday September 18th at eleven in the morning with the opening of the Victory over Violence Exhibit. Following there will be a message from Dennis Kucinich and opening statements. The action then moves to a dinner hour gathering at the courthouse square and then an evening of peace poetry and a film screening the Pour House coffee house on Kirkwood.
Interview guests are two of the organizers of Peace Week. Ingrid Skoog is a mediator and communications coach. Gail Merrill is a retired school teacher and peace activist. Skoog said that “this year the event has grown, as we’d hoped.” Merrill added that “we’re happy to have even more collaborating partners. I’ll mention just a few to give an idea of the scope of support. There’s the City of Bloomington, the Bloomington Area Arts Council, TMBCC and the Islamic Center.”
Skoog said that, “events we’re especially excited about include: a “City of Peace” initiative and a community interfaith worship service. “ Merrill added that they were also especially pleased with a day of events based at Indiana University addressing environmental peace and sustainability.”
See a calendar with a complete listing of the week’s activities.