Join us for an evening celebrating the launch of a new partnership between The Peace Studio and Middle Collegiate Church as we work together towards our mutual goal of advancing an innovative peace movement for today’s world that is youth-driven, action-oriented and exciting! As Rev. Jacqui Lewis, writes: “America is in a state of emergency. Each of us is called to speak truth to power, and to build coalitions with folk who are not like us so we can move together towards healing our land. We must love each other toward a revolution of values, and use our moral imagination and courage to disrupt American racism and xenophobia.” This event will lift up young people and feature special performances from Peace Studio artists Jules Latimer (Juilliard Drama) and Aaron Stokes (Solange Knowles Band/Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), words from Rev. Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft and Peace Studio Executive Director Thomas West, a special video greeting from Hawaii, stories from Rwanda and much much more. Following the performances, scrumptious nibbles and refreshments will be served.
About The Peace Studio:
The Peace Studio, founded in 2017 by peace educator, author and Obama Foundation advisor Maya Soetoro-Ng and literary agents Todd Shuster and Jennifer Gates, works to advance an innovative peace movement for today’s world through critical dialogue, education, community advocacy and the arts. Our network of thought-leaders, artists, educators, NGO’s, celebrities, and caring people the world over have allowed us to engage and produce two powerful summits in New York City (2017 and 2018 respectively) amplifying the work and stories of incredible young artists and activists and those who have been affected by violence. Our more recent work has taken us to Kigali, Rwanda where we created The Humanity Project – an interdisciplinary theater piece built by U.S. and Rwandan young artists in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, as a call for ending violence worldwide, and in acknowledgment that human beings are indeed more human together.
At Peace Studio, we believe the first step towards building a movement is storytelling. Stories bring human beings of all backgrounds into proximity with each other - to build empathy and to have difficult conversations. Stories can spark new ideas and practices to end violence and oppression. Stories can hold up worlds we have never seen before and say...what if. By empowering world-class storytellers of all disciplines - authors, artists, musicians, actors, dancers, thought leaders, journalists, celebrities and educators to tell transformational stories of truth, reconciliation, healing, and hope - we believe we can engage people from different sides of an issue in dialogue that moves them towards common purpose and constructive mutual action and encourages them to become their own change-makers.