Mixed Me­dia Cre­ativ­ity for Peace

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A group of 16 high school girls from Is­rael and Pales­tine are cur­rently at­tend­ing a sum­mer pro­gram in North­ern New Mex­ico called Cre­ativ­ity for Peace. The camp, now in its 18th year, is de­signed to foster di­a­logue and un­der­stand­ing be­tween two groups that have been raised to re­gard each other with sus­pi­cion, prej­u­dice, and hos­til­ity. The girls en­gage in art projects and other ac­tiv­i­ties that build em­pa­thy and con­flict-res­o­lu­tion skills, which they take back to their home coun­tries and their fu­tures as lead­ers and peace­mak­ers. Ten girls from Santa Fe par­tic­i­pate in se­lected ac­tiv­i­ties with the campers for one week, dur­ing which the pub­lic is in­vited to two events: Chalk4Peace on Sun­day, July 24, at 2 p.m. on the Rai­l­yard Plaza, and Salaam~Shalom: Songs and Sto­ries of Peace, on Thurs­day, July 28, at 7 p.m. at the James A. Lit­tle The­ater at the New Mex­ico School for the Deaf (1060 Cer­ril­los Road). Chalk4Peace, which is free, fea­tures chalk art cre­ated by all the young women. Salaam~Shalom is a fundraiser and re­cep­tion for Cre­ativ­ity for Peace. It in­cludes a screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary film East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem by Is­raeli mu­si­cian David Broza, who recorded mu­sic for eight days in Pales­tinian East Jerusalem with Is­raeli, Pales­tinian, and Amer­i­can mu­si­cians. Young Lead­ers — camp alumni who are now ju­nior coun­selors — also talk about their ex­pe­ri­ences at camp and how it af­fected their lives af­ter­ward. Tick­ets to Salaam~Shalom cost $30 in ad­vance, avail­able at www.cre­ativ­i­ty­for­peace.com, or $40 at the door ($15 for stu­dents and no charge for chil­dren un­der twelve). — Jen­nifer Levin

Par­tic­i­pants in the 2015 Chalk4Peace event on the Rai­l­yard Plaza

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