Imagine Peacefest This Weekend


The 3rd Annual Imagine Peacefest will be held at Library Plaza, downtown Salt Lake City,
September 20, 2008 from 12noon to 6pm.  The event is being held in tandem with the International Day of Peace, September 21st.    The event will open with a releasing of peace doves made by Westminster Roots and Shoots. 
The Logan City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to  proclaim Sept. 21 as a Day of Peace and urged residents to 'reflect on the blessings of peace and the true cost of war.' Mayor Randy Watts also endorsed the proclamation which will be read during the Imagine Peacefest on Saturday.  The proclamation stated, 'Together, let us affirm the supreme desire in all human beings for a peaceful existence without the horrors of war, and envision the possibility of a peaceful future for all.'   September 21 has been established by the United Nations as the International Day of Peace.  It is a world-wide effort to have a day of cease-fires in conflict zones and to have peace-minded activities in calmer areas.
Imagine Peacefest is an opportunity for people to come enjoy  a variety of ways to experience the concept of peace in our world, says Deanna Taylor, co-founder of Imagine Peacefest.  The goal of the festival is to provide a fun,  interactive afternoon of art while raising awareness of the need for peace, sustainability and social justice. We hope that this event will inspire community members to become more involved in local projects and organizations that promote  
global peace and justice.
Imagine Peacefest features activities and entertainment for all ages.    Displays of art by area school children and local musicians, who donate their time and talents, are featured. Films and a panel discussion provide education on global peace and current issues facing the world. Booths are available for children and adults to learn,  create art and participate in a variety of ways during the event.
The Eyes Wide Open Exhibit will be on display throughout the entire event on the plaza.
"The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) created its traveling exhibition, Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War, to honor fallen U.S.  military personnel and Iraqi civilians. Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War Utah focuses on the specific costs of war to the state of Utah, states Brenda Chung of Cache Valley Peaceworks.  The exhibit includes over 20 pairs of boots representing fallen servicemen and women from Utah, plus boots added by request of the families of the fallen from Mendon and Salt Lake City, Utah, and a visual representation of the Iraqi civilian casualties. This exhibit is part of AFSC's national Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War networks.   
Since the Eyes Wide Open state exhibits embarked on their tour around the nation in June 2007, the exhibits have been shown in 44 states.  The results have been remarkable as the message of the human cost of war has expanded to an ever wider audience. Since it's debut in October 2007, the Utah exhibit has been shown several times in cities and towns across the state.
Inside the library downstairs will be a children's display of art on the theme of Peace, organized by Westminster Roots and Shoots.  Roots and Shoots groups from around the Salt Lake Valley will be participating in the Imagine Peace Festival by bringing peace doves to fly and open the event.  This symbol of peace, will soar at all Roots and Shoots Peace Day Events around the globe, states Monica Ferreira, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Westminster Roots and Shoots.   
The Jane Goodall Institute's Roots and Shoots strives to foster a respect and understanding of all cultures and beliefs and promotes care and concern for animals, humans and the environment. We feel that if compassion and understanding is given to the whole world, peace will follow.
A children's peace story time will also be held with the reading of two books on the theme of Peace.
Two films will be shown in the library's 4th floor conference room:   
"Peace One Day" about the advent of International Day of Peace and "A Soldier's Peace," made by Utahn Marshall Thompson, an Iraq War Vet who walked across Utah to tell his story.  His film will be followed by a  panel discussion including Thompson, Kim Sprangunde of  Military  
Families Speak Out and Andy Figorski of Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace.
Local musicians Gary Stoddard,  Slick Rock Gypsies, Andy Monaco, Rich Wyman, Ric Shirett, and Leo's Ego will provide continuous live music on the plaza just outside the library.
More information:  info@imaginepeacefest.org or 801-631-2998 -