What does peace mean to you? That’s the central question photographer and storyteller John Noltner has been asking people for his social commentary project, A Peace of My Mind.
Founded in 2009, A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia art project that fosters public dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility, and peace. With engaging portraits and compelling personal stories, nearly 100 diverse subjects describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and some of the obstacles they encounter along the way.
Those profiled include Holocaust survivors and a homeless man, a Somali refugee and a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive. Artists, volunteers, politicians, and business leaders all share their thoughts and inspiring stories in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.
A Peace of My Mind is sponsored by the Peace, Ethics, and Social Justice Program at Monmouth College and will be on exhibit March 11 - April 17, 2015. The BCA will host an opening on Thursday, March 19th at 7pm. John Noltner will present an artist talk and Rabbi Amy Eilberg will deliver the 2015 Samuel M. Thompson Lecture.
Join us for Old Friends Talk Art (OFTA)
Wednesday, March 11th at 10:00 a.m.
Penn Stewart's debut novel Fertile Ground
"Riveting Mystery" set during WW II
Knox Robinson Publishing author, Penn Stewart, spent over six years researching and composing his debut novel, Fertile Ground. Stewart holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Memphis and a doctorate in English from the University of Nebraska. His research for the novel included an in-depth investigation of closed congressional hearings held in 1938; J. Edgar Hoover made the case for a threat assessment of east coast German social clubs known as bunds and was granted authorization to conduct covert surveillance and infiltrate the clubs. Stewart conducted extensive research and traveled to several locations to examine archived material detailing the arrest, transportation, and internment of German nationals and American citizens of German descent in the early stages of the war. Prisoners were held in numerous camps located across the United States, including Fort Lincoln, which is located just south of Bismarck, North Dakota and is where a portion of the novel takes place.
In honor of our benefactor, the Buchanan Center for the Arts is proud to exhibit the collective work of Grace Buchanan. Her paintings reflect a love for nature and the changing seasons of our region. Grace deeply believed that arts, music, dance, and theater should be open to all. She knew that these aspects enhance our capacity to see and hear the beauty in our lives; that they help to deepen the understanding of the human response to the world. The exhibition will end February 28, 2015.