The Alabama Writers’ Forum hosted a reception and viewing of Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children’s Paintings on April 11, 2012. The event was held in the Old Supreme Court Library in the Alabama State Capitol. Three of the Forum’s Mt. Meigs Writing Our Stories students have work in the exhibit and in the Speak Peace catalogue, and one of the newly published poets, Josh S., read his poem, “A Song for Peace,” to the reception’s attendees.
Speak Peace features original poems written by American students, veterans, and established poets in response to Vietnamese children’s paintings on peace and war collected over the last ten years by the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. A collaborative, international project between Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center and School of Art Galleries and Soldiers’ Heart, a veterans’ return and healing organization, Speak Peace is on tour nationally through September 2013.
In Montgomery, Speak Peace was presented by the Alabama Writers’ Forum, a partnership program of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the Alabama Department of Youth Services in conjunction with April Is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Generous support was provided by the Auburn University at Montgomery Center for Government, a unit of Outreach.
Below are photographs from the exhibit reception. Click the thumbnail to learn more. (Photos by Robin Cooper)