Art of Peace - Tyler is an East Texas celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace, marked around the world each year on September 21. Cofounded and co-directed by Anne McCrady, Art of Peace - Tyler offers arts-based events throughout the week of Day of Peace, including visual art, live music, children's activities, faith-based gatherings, community and college programs, a peace meal, a peace pole installation and a living peace sign. Passionate about the connection between poetry and peace, Anne is the contributing editor of a chapbook collection of peace poems that InSpiritry publishes each September.
Over the past six years, poets from Texas, the U.S. and around the world have submitted their work to the Art of Peace anthologies, with outstanding writing related to the annual Art of Peace Tyler themes. Anthology titles have included PeaceWords, Hunger for Peace, Intertwined and Paths to Peace - Journey to Wholeness.
The 2017 anthology title will be Building Bridges - Making Peace. Submissions will begin May 1, 2017, through Submittable.
A reading of the Art of Peace - Tyler poetry anthology, along with a Speak Your Peace open mic, will be held during Art of Peace - Tyler in September.
2016 Art of Peace - Tyler anthology poets