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“A Peace of My Mind” Multimedia Art Exhibit


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Hoover Auditorium Lobby

“In a world that often asks us to focus on the things that can separate us... politics, ethnicity and religion... ’A Peace of My Mind’ encourages us to explore the common humanity that connects us.” -  founder John Noltner

Lakeside Chautauqua will host “A Peace of My Mind,” a multimedia art exhibit that fosters dialogue about issues related to conflict resolution, civic responsibility and peace, from June 17-24 in Hoover Auditorium.

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.

“In a world that often asks us to focus on the things that can separate us... politics, ethnicity and religion... ‘A Peace of My Mind’ encourages us to explore the common humanity that connects us,” said photographer John Noltner.

The individuals profiled include Holocaust survivors, a homeless man, a Somali refugee, a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive, to name a few. Artists, volunteers, politicians and business leaders all share their thoughts and inspiring stories in a series that celebrates our common experiences and sense of community.

“A Peace of My Mind” expanded into the public forum in 2010 with the production of a traveling exhibit, funded through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Since then, more than 80,000 people have viewed the exhibit at schools, private galleries, community centers, places of worship, libraries and universities across the country.

In 2011, the exhibit won support from a Kickstarter campaign to produce a book with a foreword written by Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter, Ela Gandhi. The book earned first place in the Midwest Book Awards and won a silver IPPY from the Independent Publishers Association.

“A Peace of My Mind” has been presented at the Peace & Justice Studies Association National Conference, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and the Dayton International Peace Museum. The project was honored in 2013 with EDIT’s Art for Change Award, Jovial Concept’s Peace Initiative and a Jefferson Award for Youth Service.

In addition to the exhibit, Noltner will present a lecture at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 in Hoover Auditorium. Special exhibit viewing opportunities with Noltner will be held from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22.

With more than 20 years of experience as a freelance photographer, Noltner has specialized in images of people, lifestyle and travel. His award-winning work has been published in numerous magazines including National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Forbes and Midwest Living.

In 2009, he embarked on a journey to explore the meaning of peace, one story at a time. This journey led him to produce a traveling exhibit of personal stories, as well as a book in which ordinary people reveal extraordinary insights into how we can work toward common good and create a world that is more just for all.

The exhibit has traveled the country and engaged audiences in dialogue relating to peace, conflict resolution and social justice.

In follow up to this first project, he developed a compelling new collection of stories, A Peace of My Mind: American Stories, to inspire and empower people from diverse backgrounds to create positive change in the world.

Funding for this program is provided by the Ohio Arts Council.


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