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FWAFA To Install Texas' Only Youth Art Peace Pole

9.10.2014

Fort Worth, TX -- Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA) will unveil and dedicate Texas’ only Youth Art Peace Pole at a special ceremony on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the FWAFA garden. The ceremony will feature a performance by the Texas Boys Choir and recognition of the students who designed and created the Peace Pole. Fort Worth City Councilmember Zim Zimmerman and a representative from Congresswoman Kay Granger’s office will attend the dedication.

FWAFA art teacher Patricia Jacobson and her students were selected to represent Texas by designing and creating a special seven foot tall Peace Pole as part of the “Youth Art Peace Pole Project 50: 50 Poles in 50 States.” Only one group of school children in each state was chosen for this project, and FWAFA is the Texas representative. FWAFA’s one-of-a-kind Peace Pole is covered in a mosaic that depicts our earth and includes images of the sun, sky, oceans, grass, and all the beautiful things in between. Once installed, this Peace Pole will stand as a centerpiece in our school garden and be a permanent reminder of the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

“This Peace Pole is very special to us,” said Clint Riley, Executive Director of Texas Boys Choir, Inc. “Not only are we proud to have been selected as the Youth Art Peace Pole Project representative for all of Texas, but we also recognize that this is an opportunity to spread a message of peace that resonates with everyone regardless of language, religion, ethnicity, or any other difference we may have. FWAFA is proud to be a beacon of that peace for Fort Worth. “

Peace Poles are one of the most recognized symbols of peace worldwide with more than 240,000 across the planet. FWAFA’s Peace Pole unveiling and dedication will happen just before the International Day of Peace on September 21. The Peace Pole will also be featured on the Youth Art Peace Pole Project website at www.yappp.org.

In 2001, Texas Boys Choir, Inc. expanded upon its mission by opening its first public charter school, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts (FWAFA), to provide arts and academic education for boys and girls in grades 3 to 12. In addition to a rigorous classroom schedule, students receive training in choir, dance, theater, instrumental music, and the visual arts. Admission to FWAFA is by audition and over 500 students are enrolled this year.

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