A new international peace site will be dedicated in downtown Minneapolis Sept. 20 at Open Book, which houses the Loft Literary Center, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Milkweed Editions at 1011 Washington Ave. S.
The event is free and open to the public. Exhibits will be open at 1 p.m. and the celebration begins at 2 p.m.
Organized by the Loft’s Peace and Social Justice Writer’s Group, the event is intended to link the forces of peace and literature on the day before International Peace Day, Sept. 21.
World Citizen, who sponsors the event, will provide online and onsite resources for peace education as a basis for classroom discussions around cultural understanding, human rights, conflict resolution, peace, and social justice.
Showcasing the work underway at Open Book, the event also includes a dedication ceremony and open house. The writing groups Equilibrium, TGI Frybread Native American Writers Group, Open Voices Writing Group, Finote Tibeb Literary Group and the Peace and Social Justice Writers Group will offer readings. Multimedia works by A Peace of My Mind and The F Word, a program of The Forgiveness Project, will be on display. Twin Cities-based singer, songwriter and activist Larry Long will be the musical guest. The Asiginaak Singers, an all-female, Native-American hand-drum group, will close with songs for the site. Family activities, including matchbook and bookmark making, will be offered by the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
“Literary and artistic expression lead to empathy. Empathy leads to a caring, connected and conscious community. Open Book fosters that sense of community,” said Jocelyn Hale, the Loft Literary Center’s executive director.