Give Art of Peace a Chance

This week marks the eighth year for Tyler’s annual Art of Peace celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace. Events are scheduled September 14 through 23.

The 2018 Art of Peace theme is "Sowing Seeds of Peace," and the 2018 Peace Honoree is Keep Tyler Beautiful.

This year’s events include a Honk for Peace rally, a Peace Art booth at the Boys & Girls Club Day for Kids, a night of Peace Music at Stanley’s BBQ, a juried Peace Art Exhibit at the Tyler Museum of Art, a Community Peace Meal, a Library Peace Meditation session, a Tyler Talking Together conversation, a Peace Pole dedication at Rose Rudman Park, a Peace Concert at Liberty Hall, a Living Peace Sign, and a Spoken Word program of poetry and stories.

For a full calendar of Art of Peace – Tyler events, visit

Art of Peace also produces an international poetry anthology and honors a Downtown Tyler Film Fest film that promotes topics of peace. All Art of Peace events are open to the public and, except for the Peace Meal and Peace Concert which require reservations, events are free of charge.

The peace poetry anthology is published under poet, peace advocate and Art of Peace co-founder Anne McCrady’s literary imprint, InSpiritry. The annual booklet and readings of the included poems have been a popular part of Art of Peace.

For 2018, Art of Peace has announced that the InSpiritry network widened considerably. McCrady received entries from over 100 peace-inspired poets from 26 Texas cities, 17 U.S. states, and 12 global countries.

Art of Peace is gaining even more international attention. In a surprise to organizers, the teacher of two high school students in Bhutan whose poems are included in Sowing Seeds of Peace contacted McCrady with surprising news.  He let her know that Art of Peace, InSpiritry, and his students were honored with a front-page story and full-cover photo in Kuensel, the national newspaper of Bhutan. In response, McCrady said, “For me as a peace advocate and for all of us with Art of Peace, having an international impact is a dream-come-true.”

The official launch of the Art of Peace poetry anthology, Sowing Seeds of Peace, will be on the final evening of this year’s celebration. The program, entitled Speak Peace, which will be hosted by McCrady and will include several anthology poets, local spoken word poet Aaron Dunn, and Tyler storytellers Jane Neal and Liz Easterling. The event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tyler on Saturday, September 22, at 7 p.m. Copies of the collection will be during this year’s Art of Peace events for $10. As a gift from InSpiritry to Art of Peace, all proceeds will go towards peace efforts in Tyler. As with other Art of Peace events, the program is free of charge and open to the public.

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