Being a part of Cities of Peace has impacted my healing, activists, and artist practices in several ways. By examining the unique histories of peace and violence in different places I’m forced to imagine what peace can, and should, look like in my own community. These acts of examination and imagination, along with the colorful group dialogs that Cities of Peace regularly cultivates, have encouraged me to advance my own practices.
Cities of Peace has provided the space, environment, and conversations that have allowed me to think and act on these ideas. I now find myself asking more frequently how I fit into the bigger picture, how I might be contributing to the positive and negatives systems at work, and how I can more intentionally use my healing, activists, and artist practices in ways that will most benefit my peers and my community.