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STLCC-Florissant Valley Hosts Community Event Focusing on Peace and Transformation

June 16, 2015

Chalk For Peace  

St. Louis Community College is seeking proposals from organizations, community members, citizens, artists and performers to participate in a one- or two-day event celebrating and promoting peace and community transformation in Ferguson and the surrounding communities.

Day 1 of the event is dedicated to dialogue related to peace in Ferguson and its neighbors. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Florissant Valley campus, 3400 Pershall Road, Ferguson.

Day 2 of the event is open to the community and will provide a platform for peaceful demonstration and celebration. The day’s activities will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 19 and will center on hopes for peace and justice. The main group activity will be led by the international Chalk4Peace organization. The day’s activities are free.

The community is invited to submit abstracts or proposals for presentations, discussions, participatory panels, lectures and interactive discussions for break-out sessions of 30-60 minutes.

“We are asking individuals, groups and organizations that seek to promote peace and justice or prevent and resolve conflict to apply,” said Janice Nesser-Chu, arts and humanities chair at STLCC-Florissant Valley. “For Day 2, we invite you to submit a proposal for group activities, performances or information booths that will bring the community together as we continue healing and developing our vision for peace in Ferguson.”

Proposed sessions could focus on:

  • Community projects
  • Models for building peace
  • Advocacy efforts
  • Workshops
  • Immersion experiences
  • Best practices
  • Conflict resolution
  • Service learning
  • Organizing and empowering the community

Abstracts or proposals should be no more than two double-spaced pages and should include objectives or goals, format and contact information. Preference will be given to proposals that creatively incorporate group participation to promote peace, harmony and cooperation using all-inclusive approaches.

Proposals in a Microsoft Word or pdf document must be submitted to Lonetta Oliver by 5 p.m. on July 10. Selected participants will be asked to support the conference with a participation donation of $25. The funds will be used to support Ferguson residents to attend the conference on Day 1.

For more information on submitting a proposal, click here or contact Nesser-Chu at 314-513-4861.