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Bringing Peace to the Present

Looking for a fun, free way to promote peace? Does recycled art, yoga, or fighting against genocide and discrimination make your day? Then come by this year's second annual Peace.Isn't.Quiet Festival from noon to 10 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at The Barn.

Musicians, dancers and poetry performers will be calling for, appreciating and celebrating peace. Musicians and performers will include Doc Baker's Traveling Musicological Extravaganza, Adrienne Nightingale, the Hip~NotiQs, Three, Miles Lost, Deirdre McCalla, slam poet Andrea Gibson, and Harmonyz with Soul, among many others.

Activities will include yoga, recycled art, button making, a clothing swap/alteration station, coloring, jewelry, voter registration, sidewalk chalk, face and body painting, graffiti, petitions and more. Festival-goers will also be provided with locally-grown and produced foods and goods, as well as free tea.

Jacquelyn Sands '09, co-organizer of the Peace Festival with classmate Galina Mukomolova '09, explains that this event is about inclusivity, awareness, love, and community.

“I think that this festival has the potential to unite all types of people, establishing a stronger link between Geneva and the Colleges. Oftentimes I think we forget that we are all a part of the same beautiful community.”

Mukomolova shares a similar vision for the Finger Lakes community. “The Peace.Isn't.Quiet festival came out of a Peace class last school year taught by Associate Professor of Women's Studies Betty Bayer. I wanted to make peace applicable to our daily lives, to show that peace was not a groundless notion, but constantly between us in friendship and in celebration. My dream is to see the people of Geneva and surrounding cities come together to celebrate creativity, love, hope and peace!”

Mukomolova and Sands have been organizing this event since October and encourage all to attend.

“We're hoping to get people both on and off campus excited about the possibilities of peace with many different forms of expression.” Sands also hopes to bring peace into 21st century consciousness, something which she believes has been lost in a modern age of terrorism, international conflict and war. “I also think that a lot of people don't know what to expect when they hear 'Peace Festival' and maybe assume that such a festival belongs in the past. We're here to remind people that peace can be achieved today.”

The Festival is being organized by Progressive Student Union, PRIDE Alliance, Amnesty International, Student Activists for Darfur, Campus Greens, Sankofa: Black Student Union, HWS Votes, Americans for Informed Democracy, NARAL Pro-Choice New York, the Women's Collective, Rotoract, the Arts Collective, the Human Rights and Genocide Speaker Series, the Young Memorial Peace Fund and the Caribbean Student Association.

For a full listing of events or questions about the festival, e-mail Jacquelyn.Sands or Galina.Mukomolova.