PeaceQuest 2021 Set for September

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East Lansing's Peace Pole

PeaceQuest Greater Lansing, the Lansing-area’s annual celebration of peace and justice, will take place this September. A wide array of events will be held during the month-long celebration, both in-person and virtually.

PeaceQuest (PQ) is a community-wide celebration that happens every September. Its mission is to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, which was declared by the UN General Assembly with a resolution passed unanimously on Sept. 21, 1981.

The events are sponsored by many local organizations that promote peace and justice, including the Peace Education Center, the Greater Lansing United Nations Association, and many others. A complete list of PeaceQuest organizers, is available here

This list of PeaceQuest events is long and diverse. Here are some examples for those interested!

  • Peace Pole Pursuit. One of PeaceQuest’s most popular events, it challenges peacemakers in the Lansing area to seek out peace poles and have their pictures taken with them. Photos will then be posted on the PeaceQuest website.
  • Art Challenge. Students from elementary through high school are challenged to produce art based on the theme “Challenges, Feelings and Takeaways from COVID-19.” All artwork will be honored and displayed at the end of the month.
  • Create Your Own Peace Pallet. A new PeaceQuest event, this challenges peace-lovers of all ages to design and create a work of art from wooden pallets.

There will be a peace-themed poetry reading, along with a number of talks, speakers and films, as well as a virtual grand finale on Sept. 25. See a complete list of events here.

In addition, there will be a PeaceQuest fundraising event on Aug. 31 at Culver’s Restaurant, 8840 W. Saginaw Highway in Lansing. A portion of all sales will support PeaceQuest

PeaceQuest Greater Lansing began in 2015 as a half-day event designed to recognize the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. Since then, PQ has grown to a month-long celebration involving diverse ages, interests, and organizations.

The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly, setting aside a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

For more information, please visit the PQ21 website.

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