COLORADO PEACE MUSEUM IS DEDICATED TO RESEARCHING AND PROMOTING STORIES OF PEACE ACTIVISM IN COLORADO AND THE WORLD. WE AIM TO PROMOTE A CULTURE OF PEACE IN OUR FAMILIES, COMMUNITIES AND CULTURES THROUGH ART, EDUCATION AND OUTREACH.
The United Nations further describes a Culture of Peace as based on "respect for life, ending of violence and promotion and practice of non-violence through education, dialogue and cooperation;" "respect for and promotion of all human rights and fundamental freedoms;" the "commitment to peaceful settlement of conflicts;" "efforts to meet the developmental and environmental needs of present and future generations;" and "adherance to the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, tolerance, solidarity, cooperation, pluralism, cultural diversity, dialogue and understanding at all levels of society and among nations."
Peace Museum Colorado works with Colorado and nation-wide colleges and universities to provide a graduate internship program that focuses on peace studies research. This research internship is designed to build and maintain, in quality and quantity, the database and presentation of Peace Heroes, Peacemakers and Peace Allies in various Peace Museum Colorado exhibits, programs and projects. Mediation Workshops are designed to train community members on the basic skills needed to mediate and negotiate the most common forms of conflicts that occur in our daily lives. Focus is placed on neighborhood, school and workplace conflicts. Trainings are planned, written and delivered by trained Mediation and Counseling professionals volunteering with Peace Museum Colorado for the purpose of mediation trainings. Mediation Workshops are given on a quarterly or seasonal schedule and are offered primarily in Gunnison County, Colorado. Peace Museum Colorado, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, aims to make mediation workshops and conflict resolution trainings available at the lowest possible cost to participants.
Peace Museum Colorado hosts special events and Speakers Series featuring guest speakers, films or panels organized for the purpose of public education, fostering dialogue and community enjoyment on topics related to peace, peace museums, peace culture, Colorado history and heritage, peace movements and other topics upon approval by the Board of Directors. Speaker Series event tickets are available to the public, however supporters who have made an annual donation at the level of “Member” or higher may obtain tickets at a discounted price. It is the objective of Peace Museum Colorado to have at least one guest speaker each year a recognized Peace Hero, Peacemaker or Peace Ally.
Peaceful Outdoors Program: The Peaceful Outdoors program has two prongs: an educational component and an outreach component. In the former, the program educates locals and tourists to the Gunnison Valley and other outdoor sports or public land users on the importance of ecological sustainability and stewardship; respectful shared land use practices; and the importance of environmental peace in local, national and international peace-building. See Community Outreach Activities for additional activities descriptions for this program. Peace Museum Colorado curates both print and online publications, including a blog, a map of Peace Sites in Colorado, newsletters, journals and journal articles, manuals, and full-length publications. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis except when otherwise noted. These publications are intended for educational use only.
In general, Peace Museum Colorado’s youth oriented programs include special academic events and presentations in public and private K-12 classrooms in the Gunnison Valley and throughout Colorado that aim to teach mediation skills, alternative conflict resolution techniques, engaged listening, dialogue and negotiation skills, teamwork and consensus building, dignity, tolerance, equal rights, interpersonal communication, emotional intelligence, mediation, heritage, history, and social justice. Peaceful Solutions by Youth (PSY): Once-weekly small-group workshop for teenagers (13-18) to discuss current conflicts in their families, communities, or world and collaborate on peaceful solutions individuals or groups can effectively implement. Peaceful Solutions by Youth participants are encouraged to share their collaborative achievements through public outreach or education programs including training workshops, public service announcements, museum exhibits, art projects, or another collectively decided endeavor.
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