Collaborative Peace Flag is banner project for artist


April 07, 2002|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A LOCAL POET, artist and patron of the arts has launched a collaborative community project that involves everyone from artists and musicians to families, Scout troops and students in county classrooms.

It's called the Peace Flag Project, and it is the vision of Christina Collins-Smith. Participants design flags that convey their "wishes for peace and harmony in our diverse world," she said.

Flags can contain poems, artwork, photographs, collages, quilt squares or whatever best expresses a person's message, Collins-Smith explained. "I hope that this project will touch the hearts and minds of all who participate in the creation of a Peace Flag, as well as those who see the flags on display."

To date, about 200 flags have been submitted; most are from this region, but Collins-Smith said people from many other states have joined the project.

The flags will be displayed July 13 and July 14 during the American Music & Arts Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

"If all goes right, the Peace Flag Project will take on a life, a direction, a legacy of its own," Collins-Smith said. "The flags will move from the American Music and Arts Festival to other locations and events suggested by the participants."

Anyone who wishes to design a Peace Flag may purchase a starter kit for $10. Or, participants may use these guidelines and their own materials:

The flag should be 11 inches wide by 15 inches in length when the edges are finished (or unfinished). There should be an additional 3 inches at the top so the flag can be attached to the project.

The flag should be finished on the front and back.

The flag should be signed by everyone who contributed to its creation.

Once submitted, the flag will be installed within the collaborative work, becoming part of the whole Peace Flag Project.

Completed flags should be sent to: Peace Flag Project, c/o Christina Collins-Smith, 1664 Stone Chapel Road, New Windsor, Md. 21157. Each creator should enclose name, address, phone number and e-mail address on a separate sheet of paper.

Information: 410-857-4075.

League welcomes members

The League of Women Voters of Carroll County faces a busy year with the coming elections, and recognizes that this is a great time to put out the "Come join us" call.

Many activities "don't require a large time commitment," said Jenny Teeter, first vice president and acting president for LWVCC. "Having many volunteers will ensure the success of such important events as candidate forums, registration drives, the Voter's Guide."

Teeter says she joined the league because its efforts "support legislation important to the existence of other key nonprofits."

"Educational programs assist me in staying abreast of issues. ... My activism has downstream impact that multiplies my efforts though assistance to other organizations," she added.

The League of Women Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to encourage informed and active participation of citizens in their government. The league influences policy through education and advocacy. The goal of the League is to empower citizens to shape better communities. The local LWVCC has about 70 members, male and female.

Information: 410 876-6201 or 410-795-5826.

Living Treasure honored

Westminster resident Kathy Menasche honors her mother, JoAnn Tully, as her Living Treasure this week.

"She is without a doubt the most positive person you could imagine," Menasche said. "She rises to every occasion, be it happy or stressful. She deals with things head on and puts all the energy of her heart into other people and everything she does."

Menasche notes the time that her mother went into the hospital for knee replacement surgery as the best example of her optimism.

"She told everyone around her that this was her spa vacation," Menasche said. "After all, there would be a nutritionist there, and a physical therapist for personal training and massage. ... No matter the situation, my mom keeps everyone around her happy."

Brighten the day of someone who has made a positive difference in your life. Send a name and specific reasons why someone has been your living treasure to: Lisa Breslin, 35 Ridge Road, Westminster 21157. Or call 410-848-4703.

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