Loras College Peace and Justice Week Utilizes the Power of Art

Loras College’s annual Peace and Justice Week, which was from September 17th – 25th, hosted a series of free events centered on the theme “Who is an American?” The week was meant to “highlight the importance of dialogue and learning other people’s stories, then leading to greater compassion and understanding.” One of the vocal points of the week-long celebration includes “A Peace of My Mind: American Stories,” an exhibit by renowned artist John Noltner and International Day of Peace speaker Jim Bear Jacobs, a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation and the associate pastor of the Church of All Nations.

“A Peace of My Mind: American Stories” developed from Noltner’s 40,000-mile journey across the United States simply asking people, “What does peace mean to you?” The collection, which is comprised of fifty-eight people, is meant to encourage thoughtful dialogue and connects viewers to online content for additional videos, articles and discussion questions. A book that was based on Noltner’s display “has been awarded first place in the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Multicultural Nonfiction and runner-up for Photography/Art for the New England Book Festival.”

Click here to learn more about Noltner’s work displayed at Loras College’s Peace and Justice Week.