No one can dispute that the events surrounding the 2014 shooting of an unarmed teenager by Ferguson, MO police has changed the fabric of our society forever. Even now, racial tension run high in a city that still struggles to recover.
BUT…after months of tension something appeared on the streets of Ferguson that hadn’t been seen there for a long
time… HOPE. Author and Ferguson native Carol Swartout Klein captured this story in the children’s picture book,
Painting for Peace in Ferguson in a colorful and inspiration story.
Written in child-friendly verse, the actual artwork painted on hundreds of boarded up windows illustrates the story.
The book’s simple but powerful message is that when people reach out to each other across lines that divide us and work together, remarkable things happen. And both children and adults can make a difference. Painting for Peace in Ferguson also won an Outstanding Book of the Year GOLD Award – Independent Publisher 2015 State of Missouri Selection for Library of Congress National Book Festival. This is a BIG deal. This is like a Grammy award for independent authors!
Painting for Peace in Ferguson is also being used in schools, around dinner tables, and around the globe. The book opens doors and starts positive conversation about all of the issues around race in America, not only in Ferguson, but in Baltimore, New York,Cleveland, South Carolina, and across the country. A single paintbrush can paint one picture but thousands working together can transform a community. Profits from the book benefit youth and recovery programs in the Ferguson area. The book is set-up as a non-profit and all proceeds after printing costs have gone to grants to organizations in Ferguson that work with youth or the arts.
About the Author
Carol Klein is the author of this timely book. Painting for Peace in Ferguson tells the true story of how the community of Ferguson (Carol’s hometown) came together to create beautiful, inspiring and hopeful art on the boarded up windows of the town which just days earlier had been the scenes of massive unrest.
What I Loved About this Book
The pictures are amazing: Vibrant, colorful and the images of people painting messages of hope was very touching. The creativity of artists, young and old, was mind-blowing. One of the many paintings with inspirational saying that caught my eye was this one; ” Think of all of the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
There is two full pages of names of everyone who participated as an artist or as a supporter-over 300 names.
The very last page had positive thoughts from the artists who painted murals in Ferguson including this one from an artist who painted with her 8 month-old daughter and 83 year-young mother.
“It felt good to be a part of something positive and beautiful that would let people know we haven’t given up on the neighborhood. I hope we can come together and find a new NORMAL.”
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