Making Peace is the largest photographic exhibition of its kind, that pays tribute to the people who, all over the planet devote their time, energy and resources to the cause of peace and how these persons and organizations have shaped and influenced the course of the 20th century. Importantly, the exhibition is accompanied by an Educator’s Guide, that allows students to understand and appreciate what key elements are necessary to create a ‘Sustainable Peace’.
In the words of Mr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, President of the Foundation for a Culture of Peace and former Director-General of UNESCO: “this is an extraordinarily powerful exhibition that pays tribute to a century of peace-making and a wide range of peacemakers across the globe. At the same time it serves as a call to action for ordinary citizens to become involved in peace activities of all kinds, and in so doing to promote a global culture of peace”.
Since its inauguration, Making Peace has attracted an incredible 1.2million + visitors thanks to successful shows in 12 major cities including Basel, Cape Town, Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Sarajevo, Stockholm (Nobel Museum), Tunis, and Ypres. For the 1st North American showing, an estimated 150,000 people visited the exhibition when shown along Front St. Promenade / Corktown Common in Toronto between May 13 to September 24, 2017.
This curated photography exhibition ran along Front Street East between Cherry St and Bayview Avenue (canary District/Corktown). Free tours were available on Sundays at 10:30 am until September 24th, 2017. Curator and artist Ashley Woods gave a special evening tour on Thursday September 21st between 8.30-9.30pm to mark the International Day of Peace.
Focus on Education
One of the primary aims of the Making Peace outdoor photography exhibition is to teach young people about building peace in their communities and between May and September, 2017, over 1,200 students enjoyed guided tours of the exhibition.
There are specific resources for teachers and schools that can be easily be accessed. The Educator’s Guide is available by going to the following link: https://toronto.makingpeace.
The Globe and Mail, wrote about the Making Peace Exhibit the article can be found here.