Peace Day in the Park
Peace Day in the Park: September 21st, 2019
The Peace and Justice Institute in partnership with the City of Winter Park, celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace on Saturday, Sept. 21, in the city’s Central Park.
Each year, Valencia College celebrates the Day of Peace on its campuses, but this year, PJI invited the public to join the celebration.
From 9 a.m. to noon, the Peace & Justice Institute offered free activities for all ages including xigong, games, a public art project, and multicultural performances. Community partners had the opportunity to table and offer a positive peace practice. Entertainment included performances from 9 a.m. to noon, featuring Valencia opera instructor Carla DelVillaggio, who performs as “Simply Streisand”; local cabaret and jazz singer Maria Olivia Bryant; Valencia Opera Theatre Project; Fearless Leaders Step Out (Valencia step team); Sueño de Hormiga, a local Latin band; and the chorus from Hungerford Prep Elementary School.
At 11:30 a.m., members of the community joined to form a human peace sign in the center of the park for an aerial photograph.