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University of Hartford Students to Paint “Umbrellas For Peace” on Thursday

Posted 04/04/2012
Posted by Meagan Fazio

Members of the University of Hartford’s Women for Change and the Alumnae Council for Women will be painting umbrellas with messages of peace on Thursday, April 5, from 6-8 p.m. in Gengras Student Union, room 335. All are welcome to attend and paint an umbrella.

This event is part of the global art project, Lamb Umbrellas for Peace. University students will join the people from more than two dozen countries who have designed umbrellas that represent their personal values of world peace.

Students will carry the umbrellas during the University’s “Take Back the Night” march on Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. This is the third consecutive year that University students have participated in the Lamb Umbrellas for Peace project. To see photos of their umbrellas from previous years, please visit the University of Hartford News Facebook page.

Artist Matt Lamb, who died in February of this year, created the Umbrellas for Peace project when the Secretary of the Veteran’s of Foreign Affairs asked him to help people work through their grief after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In May of 2002, 38 participants gathered with Lamb to express their feelings of grief and pain by painting umbrellas. Since that time, more than two million people in 29 countries have participated in the project.

Women for Change is a University of Hartford campus-based organization whose aim is to provide a space for education, dialogue, and support among people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual orientation surrounding body image issues, feminism and sexuality. The group’s goal is to promote bonds between women in society.

The Alumnae Council for Women brings together alumnae from Hartford College for Women and the University of Hartford. The Council, led by representatives of both institutions, promotes the exchange of ideas and experiences, provides networking opportunities, offers educational and cultural programs, and enhances the growth of women as leaders and decision-makers.