"Painting for Peace in Ferguson" sponsors "26 Pebbles" June 19-23

In a telling bit of serendipity, as the Ferguson story in book and exhibit form are traveling to Newton and nearby Stratford, so too, the story of Newton and Sandy Hook is coming to St. Louis in the form of the play 26 Pebbles. Starting Tuesday June 19, That Uppity Theatre Company is partnering with University of Oklahoma to co-produce and perform 26 Pebbles, a new play by acclaimed playwright Eric Ulloa, in five performances in its St. Louis premiere. The play combines live music, singing, and interviews from Newtown residents as they recount the ripples in their community in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. While trauma has its role in 26 Pebbles, it is also about how

Paint for Peace Murals travel to Stratford, CT for special exhibit through end of July

From now until the end of July, a dozen Paint for Peace murals from Ferguson and South St. Louis will be on exhibit at the Stratford Library in Connecticut. The exhibit in Vicki Soto’s hometown will be the first time the actual “Paint for Peace” artwork will be on display outside the St. Louis area. The art tells the story that is not widely known in other parts of the country, of how the people of St. Louis and Ferguson came together to help their neighbors in crisis. What began as a few people armed with paint, paintbrushes and an idea, quickly became transformative. Now another community will be able to experience how this art changed things … not only the plywood boards covering the boar

"Painting for Peace in Ferguson" now helping thousands of students across Stratford, CT

A lot has been happening behind the scenes with Painting for Peace in Ferguson of late, and we’re finally able to share the good news. Five years ago Newtown CT, and Ferguson, MO were just small towns that not many people had heard of before. Today these two communities share the fact that their names now stand for more than just a place. It’s been 5.5 years since the fatal shooting of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and nearly 4 years since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Today both communities are forever changed. Newtown is playing a leading role in gun safety advocacy and Ferguson became the launching pad for

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