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Pinwheels Spin for Peace

Oklahoma City University will host the fifth annual Pinwheels for Peace festival beginning at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21. The event is free to the public and will be held in the McDaniel University Center near N.W. 25th Street and Florida Avenue.

The festival is organized by the United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma City. It will include pinwheel creations by students from the Oklahoma City metro area, live music, multicultural performances, information booths and other activities.

Students around the metro area are creating pinwheels representing peace and harmony as part of the Pinwheels for Peace project. The idea of two Florida art teachers in 2005, the project has become an international celebration as well as a way for art students to show their contribution to the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. As students create pinwheels, they are asked to reflect on the idea of peace — a state of calm and tranquility, with no anxiety or violence. Some of their artworks will be on display during the festival at OCU.

Musician and artist Steve McLinn of Ojas Music will lead a multicultural celebration of dance and music beginning with a drum circle. Participants are invited to bring a drum and take part in the festival-opening activity.

 The festival will also feature St. Andrew’s Dung Lac Lion Dance Team, Little Dove Peace Dancers, the Mayan School of Dance, Dove Science Academy Folkloric Dancers, Linwood Elementary Honor Choir, dancers from Capitol Hill High School, American Indian dancers and a traditional Japanese communal dance presented by Mari Leslie from the Japan-American Society of Oklahoma.

Display and activity tables will provide information from sponsor groups about promoting peace and participants can make a pinwheel of peace.

For more information about the event, visit www.una-okc.org, or call Mikel Ibarra at (405) 924-6036 or e-mail mikeliba@gmail.com.

To learn more about Pinwheels for Peace projects throughout the world, visit www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.