Through September 24th: Art of Peace-Tyler

Spread Peace, Love and More

September 15th-24th, the 7th Annual “Art Of Peace-Tyler,” an East Texas celebration of peace, creates community and welcomes new friends to the area.

“In just a short time, our program has grown from an afternoon of programs to a week-long series of peace activities and programs throughout the city of Tyler. With community-wide participation in creative expressions of peace, Art of Peace celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace (officially September 21st) and Peace One Day.  The aim of “Art of Peace-Tyler” is to promote a spirit of creativity, compassion, and community through partnerships, fellowship, dialogue, social action, music, poetry, and art.”

Events include:

September 15th (12 noon-1pm) – Honk for Peace – Every Friday on the Downtown Square in Tyler, a group of people dedicated to peace hold signs encouraging us to wage peace and not war. The “Art Of Peace-Tyler” is proud of their weekly vigil and this year, they are going to join them. To be a part, make a sign of your own and promote peace in Tyler.

September 15th (6-10pm) – Songs of Peace – Join the fun at Stanley’s Famous BBQ, 525 S. Beckham, for dinner and/or drinks throughout the evening, and enjoy local artists playing their favorite peace-themed songs.

September 16th (10am-2pm) – Day for Kids at Bergfeld Park – Visit the “Art Of Peace-Tyler” booth at the annual Boys & Girls Club of East Texas Day for Kids. Bring your family for interactive art projects, and write peace messages on boards for the next Habitat for Humanity of Smith County home.

September 16th (7pm) – Peace Open Mic – Poets, singer-songwriters, and spoken word artists, are asked to join at this year’s Peace Open Mic. The event will be at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship off Old Omen Rd. in Tyler. To sign up go to

September 17th-24th – Peace Art Exhibit – Held at Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 South Mahon Ave., Tyler, our 2017 “Art Of Peace-Tyler” visual art exhibit will be on display. The exhibit is free and open to the public during museum hours.

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September 19th (5-6:30pm) – Peace Meditation – Held at the Tyler Public Library, Taylor Auditorium, 201 S. College, Tyler, several meditators will talk about their experience with meditation. Heartfulness Meditation will be led by UT Tyler instructor and meditation trainer Gayathri Kambhampati.

September 21st (12 noon) – Peace Pole Dedication – Help dedicate the 2017 “Art Of Peace-Tyler” Peace Pole at Bergfeld Park. The Peace Pole contains a call for Peace as a reminder of the communal desires for peace, especially for children. The community is invited to attend. This is the fourth Peace Pole being planted in Tyler. All of the current Peace Poles have been lovingly donated by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tyler.

September 21st (6pm) – Peace Meal – Celebrate Peace Day by joining community members, peace advocates, and new friends for an open table meal and uplifting program to celebrate peace. Dinner will cost $12 per adult and $8 for anyone aged college student or younger. Space is limited. You may register and pay for your seat online. This will be held at Tyler ISD Career and Technology Center, 3013 Earl Campbell Parkway, Tyler.

September 21st (7:45pm) – Human Peace Sign – After the Peace Meal on September 21st to make a Human Peace Sign!  This year will be the fourth time creating one, and you are invited to participate.

The 2017 “Art Of Peace-Tyler” Peace Honoree is Habitat for Humanity of Smith County. Founded in 1989, this local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing low income working families the hope and transforming experience of home ownership.

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