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Evanston’s arts and social service organization, Open Studio Project (OSP), will hold a special event – “Peacemakers”– to celebrate International Day of Peace, Sept. 22 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in its studio at 901 Sherman Ave. The event will feature artwork and writings from “We All Need Peace,” a recent exhibition from the Illinois Holocaust Museum, by Ingrid Hess and OSP Director of Facilitation and Adult Programming, Patti Vick. Both will be present to talk about their work.

The Peacemakers event is to help advance and launch OSP’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. For the past year, OSP has been developing an SEL curriculum which incorporates visual art making and writing.

The evening will include art, food, wine, and music to celebrate peace. The event will work to help create inner-peace for children and empower them to overcome violence, trauma, bullying, and difficult emotions in this community and beyond.

“Children have the power to impact our world in large and small ways,” says Ms. Vick.

“Relating peace and peacemaking to positive outcomes is an age appropriate and effective way to teach children,” says Ms. Hess.

“It is our hope that by encouraging dialogue with children about peace and by encouraging children to build identities as peacemakers the future will be a more peaceful place for everyone.”