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1. Art Project #1 - Craft Dough People
2. Art Project #2 - All People's Day Symbol
3. Art Project #3 - Peace Cranes
4. Culminating Assembly - All People's Day Celebration

ALL PEOPLE'S DAYtraditions take the form of Art Projects, Presentations, and Interactive Group Activities which show that all of us can be different and the same at the same time. Each tradition explores different issues that affect us such as prejudice, nationality, and peace.

Art Project #1
CRAFT DOUGH PEOPLE:(about issues of prejudice)
Plain craft dough is divided into five parts. One color to represent the brown, beige, red, gold, and mixed races is added to each part. Relief sculptures of faces are created providing an inspirational example that all people are mostly made from the same material, flesh and blood, and should therefore be treated with equal respect.

People Ages 4-10 create the 5 faces on their plates and sing a song or recite a poem at the celebration.

People Ages 11-Adult form teams of 5. Each team participant makes one large face working with a different color and can add a cap to identify specific issues. A definition of prejudice is given and many prejudice lies are identified and discussed. Each team creates a skit of conflict involving a prejudice lie that is debunked and the need for cooperation to solve a mutual problem. Team mates take on the identity of their sculpture. They wear their sculptures on their chests, so their different issues will be recognized by the audience during their performance for the other teams and possibly at a celebration or festival.

Art Project #2
ALL PEOPLE'S DAY SYMBOL:(about issues of family, country and culture)
The original symbol contains 4 family groups: beige, brown, red, and gold. Each family is from a different continent, racial group, and culture. Different ages are represented and there are equal numbers of males and females. The family groups cross their hearts with their arms and hold hands hoping for peace and understanding. They all hold hands in a circle surrounding the world since we are really all one family.

Participants create the figures in the symbol using color references of the traditional costumes of many countries. A reference book with visual how-to instructions is available during training, residency, and for purchase.
People Ages 4-10 People Ages 4-10 draw the flag & color the families with one color each, design their own clothes, or draw the traditional costumes for each ethnic group chosen. Families of different sizes and configurations can be created with regard to country, age, gender, and disability. They are designed so, when taped together, their hands overlap uniting the families. Celebration presentations are based on cultural customs, group issues, or the migration of the participants' families.

People Ages 11-Adult form teams to write and perform skits about "The Possible Misunderstandings" between different groups. They can also be performed at a festival celebration. Each team creates either one life sized figure or the smaller family Xeroxes based on the issues in their skits.

Art Project #3

JAPANESE ORIGAMI PEACE CRANES:(about issues of peace)
The poignant story of a war and a wish for peace by a 12 year old girl named Sadako is told. Participants learn about the dangers of nuclear proliferation and the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. A hopeful vision for peace is launched through Sadako's story about an ancient Japanese legend of getting a wish if 1,000 Origami cranes are folded. Participants then understand a deeper meaning behind the craft as they fold the peace cranes.

People Ages 9-Adult fold either small cranes that hang from strings or large cranes that flap their wings when held on long dowels.

Participants choose the name of a person to be honored at the celebration. They write it on the wing of their crane or attach a tag. Stories of people from diverse backgrounds who have helped others and therefore help create a more peaceful world, are chosen. They can be famous people or everyday inspirational mentors. Participants can also be nominated as the peacemaker of their group and the winner's name is placed on a crane. A poem, skit, dance, or song about issues of peace or the honored person is performed at the celebration.

The ALL PEOPLE'S DAY Celebration
The stage at the culminating assembly celebration displays the life-size symbol figures made by the older students.
The students' presentations from each community building art project are featured. Shown here are older students performing their skits.
The celebration can be hosted by the founder or by a member of your group. On this day, people also have the opportunity to share their individual cultures and issues through art, music, dance, writing, national costumes, and ethnic food.
In addition, the celebration incorporates interactive audience participation. Some examples are:
  • The audience recites a peace recitation while doing hand movements created by Ghandi's great grandson.
  • For the finale, the entire audience creates a living representation of the ALL PEOPLE'S DAY symbol by crossing their hearts with their arms and holding hands. They then repeat a universal responsive recitation.

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