MONTGOMERY - Art, performance and messages of hope will come to the streets of downtown Montgomery this week when the "Peace Flags in the Wind" exhibit tour comes to Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum starting Thursday.
Organized by Miami-based artist and educator Joseph Vasile, the "Peace Flags in the Wind" tour combines performance and public art to create an interactive experience for the public. Vasile and a group of students from Pinecrest Preparatory Middle High in Miami will be conducting workshops on the streets outside of the Rosa Parks Museum March 13-15 in which members of the public can join them in making peace flags.
Intended to be colorful messages of hope and peace, the peace flags made during the workshop will be displayed outside of the Museum for the duration of the event. The workshops will also include improv and other theatrical performances, and displays of Rosa Parks-themed art created by Vasile and his students.
"[Vasile's] vision for this project is to bring together all ages and cultures to create their symbols of peace on a flag," said Daniel Neil, curator of the Rosa Parks Museum. "His message with the flag exhibit is 'We all have our own path and unique vision to bring peace into the world but they will be united and stand as one.'"
Participation in the workshops is free and open to the public.
The workshops will be held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13; 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14 and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15.
The tour marks Vasile's second time bringing "Peace Flags in the Wind" to Montgomery. A similar workshop was held in 2011, and a Rosa Parks peace flag banner made during that event has been on permanent display at the Museum since then.
Vasile reports that since the Rosa Parks Museum last hosted "Peace Flags in the Wind," three years ago, 5,000 flags have been created at various events. The peace flags created at the Rosa Parks Museum have traveled the world, and have been displayed in, London, Las Vegas, Chicago, Washington D.C., Turkey, New York City, Romania and London.
For more information, contact curator Daniel Neil at (334) 241-8701.
A display of peace flags made during the 2011 "Peace Flags in the Wind" event at the Rosa Parks Museum is shown with the Rosa Parks statue. The "Peace Flags in the Wind" tour will return to the museum March 13-15 for a series of street art workshops in which members of the community will be invited to make peace flags. Participation is free and open to the public.