Annual pinwheel project reveals feelings on war and peace


<p style="text-align: right;">Courtesy photo Young people gather outside East Oberlin Community Church, where the annual Pinwheels for Peace project was installed in September.

Courtesy photo Young people gather outside East Oberlin Community Church, where the annual Pinwheels for Peace project was installed in September.


Courtesy photo Young people gather outside East Oberlin Community Church, where the annual Pinwheels for Peace project was installed in September.

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Courtesy photo Young people gather outside East Oberlin Community Church, where the annual Pinwheels for Peace project was installed in September.

This year’s Pinwheels for Peace project was on display Sunday, Sept. 20 at East Oberlin Community Church.

Violence has become commonplace and accepted as part of our society and, for some students, it is a way of life, said a release by the church. Its annual project aims to help students make a public visual statement about their feelings about war and peace, tolerance and cooperation, and harmony and unity.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by art teachers Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, who teach at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Fla.

It was a way for their students to express feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. The project was quickly embraced by their students, the school community, and by millions of art teachers, teachers, parents, children, and adults who desire peace in our world.

The “patchwork for peace” is on display in the church fellowship hall.