URI Students Help Create Great American Peace Flag

Great American Peace FlagThe Great American Peace Flag project returned to URI, sponsored by the Student Nonviolence Involvement Coalition (SNIC) and the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies. The project innovator, artist Cathren Housley, brought the 20 ft by 10 ft peace flag, which will eventually contain approximately 300 smaller peace flags, to the Student Union and students dropped by between classes to add their own peace statements to the American Flag design.

The purpose of the peace flag is to jointly create a giant talismanic object constructed with positive energy for hope for the future. It is to balance the darkness in the world with a huge concentration of light. The completed flag will be exhibited at various venues across Rhode Island, such as Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), the spring concert for East Providence Chorus the first weekend of May, and Peace Concerts with the flag as a backdrop.

The project began on International Day of Peace, September 21, 2015, at the Providence celebration event last fall and came to the URI Quad for our Peace Day event. Today the flag is approximately 3/4 completed and growing with university student contributions. Rocking peace music filled the ballroom as students created beautiful peace statements and drawings to add to the flag.