Peace Quilt Workshops
Our children’s humanitarian peace quilt workshops and exhibitions enabled over 400 Chicagoland children and over 150 Los Angeles Public School children from ethnically diverse backgrounds to create expressions for world peace on fabric and to write about their thoughts. Professionals sewed together squares for individual quilts benefiting children living through conflict abroad.
Exhibited at Chicago Children’s Museum and re-created in Los Angeles.
Under the umbrella of the Genesis at the Crossroads campaign, “raising philanthropic kids” we have created a letter-writing campaign for American children to send these images in the form of cards to children living through conflict and/or challenged circumstances. Designated sites include schools in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Israel and Palestine, Bosnia, Cambodia, and many others around the world. These include 12 representative children’s designs from diverse Chicagoland communities conveying different visual and written messages for peace.
The purpose of this program is to engage children, parents and teachers in a constructive conversation about conflict and how children can individually show their compassion and support to other children through cross-cultural communication. The indoctrination of hatred and the violence that stems from it remains one of the most alarming pandemics of the 21st century, especially affecting youth. This Genesis program also aims to combat these destructive forces in a positive, creative, educational and nurturing manner with children serving the role as ambassadors for peace.
Genesis provides the cards, the first names of children in a designated part of the world and one hour of training to your children’s school faculty or camp staff to augment learning. This can be well suited to a history, creative writing or art class and/or a values-based leadership program within a curriculum unit. It can also be used as a program on a half-day before a holiday. Genesis will also coordinate the shipping to our designated schools and communities around the world.