Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Girl Scouts in West Virginia Chalk 4 Peace

In Martinsburg, WV, The Journal has a story about Girl Scouts illustrating that chalk is mightier than the sword Sunday, as they gathered in Martinsburg as part of 2010's Chalk 4 Peace campaign. Among the goals of the international project is to promote the arts by coordinating assemblies of young artists of all ages to draw their vision of peace in public and private spaces with sidewalk chalk, as well as advocate for peace in a nonpartisan manner. The global campaign has since spread as far as South Africa and Europe. Outside of Martinsburg's event, more than 100 Chalk 4 Peace events also were held this weekend in Northern Virginia.

The campaign to make Chalk 4 Peace worldwide began on July 16, 2005, the day after the first Chalk 4 Peace event at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. John Aaron, the Global Project Founder and chalk events coordinator, began a print and email campaign, sending out more than 5,000 personalized emails and 6,000 full color brochures about the initiative for 2005-6. Last year, more than one hundred individually organized sites with authorized clearances chalked out their messages and visions for a more peaceful planet. Good stuff - Sounds like a fun time!