In a very real sense, the Dayton International Peace Museum is an educational as well as a cultural institution. The Museum’s exhibits, events and programs all have a single aim: to the generate greater public awareness and appreciation of non-violent methods and means of dealing with conflict. It is our mission, through a multi-sensory and multi-pronged approach, to present and inspire a peaceful alternative to the culture of violence so prevalent in our society.
What you see below is the tip of the iceberg. In addition to our focus on continual development and improvement of our exhibits, displays, children’s interactive materials and library resources, the Museum is also developing a far-reaching educational strategy for engaging local constituencies in direct learning about the history, potential, and immediate benefits of non-violent approaches to conflict management. We plan to offer a wide variety of classes, workshops, lecture and film series and forums for public dialogue, working in and with area schools and other interested partnering institutions, as well as here at the Museum itself.
We believe there are three important educational components to inspire a culture of peace—personal inner peace and serenity, awareness of peaceful alternatives to violence in our daily interactions with others as well as on the larger social scale, and skill building in the areas of emotional intelligence, empathy and compassion, and conflict management/resolution. Our educational strategy will address each of these three components in a variety of creative programs, from meditation and centering classes, to lively presentations of the social impact of historical non-violence movements, to classes and workshops teaching the skills of non-violent conflict management…and much more.
We plan on reaching and working with a broad base of constituencies, including:
v Area school children of all ages
v At-risk youth on the streets and in detention and social service settings
v Domestic violence victims and their victimizers
v Families, Workplace groups and Church groups dealing with conflicts
v Interested Clubs and Civic Organizations
v Service-learning students from area high schools and colleges
v Teachers, Parents and Social Service workers
In addition to classes, workshops, lectures and film series offered at the Museum itself, we will deliver educational programs through:
v On-site workshops in schools, workplaces and other organizations
v Addresses to school assemblies and social sciences classrooms
v Summer camps and Parks programs
v Sunday school classes
We are very fortunate to count among our volunteers, Debbie Wolf, who holds a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies and has many years of experience teaching her own unique curriculum for conflict management skills at all educational levels. Her Peace-Abilities ™ program centers around a simple, yet powerful “working metaphor” for how feelings not only get us into conflict with one another, but can get us out of conflict if we learn to manage them appropriately. Using small, soft vinyl balls, Debbie artfully demonstrates for young and old alike, the destructive power unmanaged feelings can have, and the even greater power—for healing and reconciliation—they can have when skillfully managed. The balls provide the basis for an effective program of discussion, learning and skill-building for teachers and students alike.
The Peace-Abilities ™ program has been used with great success in public and private schools from elementary to college level in the Columbus area and in Florida . The Peace Museum is proud to be able to sponsor its introduction in the Miami Valley. We look to extend this vital program into many area schools.
Want to know more?
We have been fortunate in attracting the participation of some very dynamic, experienced and committed educators. However, we can always use new input and feedback, as well as the active participation of peace educators to lend their time and talent as trainers and curriculum developers.
If you have ideas or skills to offer, or can assist us contact the
Dayton International Peace Museum <www.daytonpeacemuseum.org>