Picturing Peace Reception September 21 at MerrymanPicturing Peace, a community photography project sponsored by United Against Violence, powered by Buffalo County Community Partners, will culminate with an exhibition and reception at the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney on Monday, September 21, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
The exhibition will be made up of 20 photographs selected from over 100 submissions to the Picturing Peace project made throughout the summer by residents and visitors to Buffalo County. Participants were invited to submit their photographs showing what peace in Buffalo County looked like to them.
“Taking interesting pictures is important,” said United Against Violence Coalition Coordinator Mark Foradori, “but sharing ideas about the things we care about and ways to we can better work and live together is the real point of the project. And, this reception will be an opportunity for that to happen.”
Along with recognizing photographers who participated in the Picturing Peace project, the reception will celebrate United Against Violence Champions, community members who have helped the coalition further its work in developing trauma-informed schools and workplaces, promoting social emotional learning opportunities, working with youth peer mentoring programs, and supporting the PhotoVoice project.
“We want to make people aware of the ways in which we can build a resilient and creative community where people we can peacefully resolve their differences and solve community problems in a mutually supportive atmosphere,” said Foradori.
September 21 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Day of Peace and the local event is set to correspond to the international celebration.
To learn more about the Picturing Peace project, visit the Buffalo County Community Partners website at bcchp.org/peace or call Buffalo County Community Partners United Against Violence Coordinator Mark Foradori at 308-865-2290.