Discover The Envision Peace Museum
This week, I would like to focus on a project that I have been heavily involved with. The Envision Peace Museum is a museum concept that is currently in production and set to open between 2020 and 2025. It will center around promoting peace and different approaches to conflict resolution with a focus on historical events and story telling.
The Envision Peace Museum’s Founder, Tony Junker, began thinking about the concept after the United States declared war on Iraq. Junker had a successful career as an architect and museum planner and wanted to concentrate on this project during his retirement. He had been a peace activist for decades, participating in many demonstrations through the years. Then, he got the idea for the museum and decided to take a different path to promote positivity. “I had enough time being against things; I wanted to be for something,” Junker said.
Currently, the organization educates students in schools and universities using traveling exhibitions. The two exhibitions running right now are “Lost Stories”, which teaches about people who have created ways to stand up for justice while practicing nonviolence, and “Windows and Mirrors”, sponsored along with the American Friends Service Committee, which showcases artistic depictions of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of artists and children. To find out more, click here.
There is no question as to which city the Envision Peace Museum will call home. As Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter said, “Peace is in Philadelphia’s DNA.” However, choosing a district to put the museum must be decided. Originally, the Board thought to place the museum near the other historical museums in Philadelphia, or perhaps in the cultural district. Recently though, at a collaborative meeting between the Board members and the project’s supporters, one attendee suggested putting the museum in University City, where students and professors could incorporate it into lesson plans and teaching opportunities. Junker thought that was fresh and excellent idea, and he and his team are now looking into it.
One of the most exciting parts of bringing the Envision Peace Museum to life is that everyone is encouraged to offer their ideas and advice as to what they believe the museum should evolve into. The organization is always eager to incorporate the suggestions of others into their plan.
Still in the planning phase, there is a lot more work to be done in order to launch the Envision Peace Museum and volunteers are extremely encouraged to help in any way possible. For more information about becoming a volunteer, click here. Internships are also available to students seeking class credits and additional opportunities to build their resumes. To donate to the Envision Peace Museum, click here.
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