Long Beach – Local photographers of all levels are encouraged to participate in a special photo exhibit in observance of the Season for Nonviolence sponsored by Vice Mayor Bonnie Lowenthal, the City of Long Beach Human Dignity Program, the East Village Association, East Village Arts District, and Zephyr Vegetarian Café.
The Season for Nonviolence is an international grassroots celebration during the 64 days between January 30 – April 4, the memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Season honors the vision of Gandhi and King for an empowered nonviolent world and celebrates nonviolence as a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and communities. The 64 Ways in 64 Days are daily commitments to live by during each day of the season. Examples of daily commitments include:
Day 1: I will reflect on what peace means to me
Day 4: I will take time to admire and appreciate nature
"I am excited to see Long Beach artists capture and create images that embody the valuable daily commitments of the Season for Nonviolence," stated Vice Mayor Bonnie Lowenthal. "These images reflect our dedication to strengthening our understanding of differences and building a community that honors the dignity and worth of every human being."
"Nonviolence, like an artist, is a way of being—a deeply personal expression of that which is true and meaningful to each individual," states Melissa Morgan, Human Dignity Officer. "The essence of nonviolence, partnered with an art exhibit like this, is a powerful way to communicate with others how critical the values of respect, understanding and dignity are in our communities."
Rules for participants:
Please submit one photograph approximately 8x10 reflecting a particular daily commitment to Zephyr Vegetarian Café, 340 East 4th Street, by Friday, March 7, 2008. Matted photographs are preferred. Please attach a Photo Release Form, which can be picked up at Zephyr or found online at www.nonviolence.longbeach.gov. One entry per participant.
The exhibit will run from March 13-30 at Zephyr, with the opening reception on Thursday, March 13, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm.
View the flyer and release form: http://www.longbeach.gov/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=17854