Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program Commemorates Victims of Gun Violence with 9,000 Chalk Drawings on JFK Blvd.

GLENSIDE, Pa. (Sept. 16, 2013) – On Saturday, Sept. 21, Arcadia University’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program will work with area artists to commemorate victims of gun violence by sketching a chalk body outline for every American killed in such a manner over the past year.

The drawings, which will stretch four lanes wide and 10 blocks long, will be created between 20th and 30th streets on JFK Boulevard in Philadelphia from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. as part of the United Nations International Day of Peace and Peace Day Philly. The event includes a worldwide moment of silence at noon for UN World Peace Day and Candlelight Vigil for victims of gun violence at 7 p.m. at 30th Street and JFK Blvd. The event is working in conjunction with Peace Day Philly as part of the United Nations International Day of Peace.

American Casualties: A Chalk Drawing, is a vision by artist Peter Quinn, art faculty member at Montgomery County Community College, and is organized by Dr. Amy Cox, director of the IPCR program at Arcadia with help and support of many people including Alexander Krok, a sophomore French studies major at Arcadia. The event is sponsored by the IPCR program, many individual donations collected through the online fundraising organization Kickstarter, and Quinn’s personal resources. Students from Arcadia’s IPCR program and First-Year Seminar classes also are participating. The event includes a worldwide moment of silence at noon for UN World Peace Day and Candlelight Vigil for victims of gun violence at 7 p.m. at 30th Street and JFK Blvd.

For more information on American Casualties, visit Facebook-American Casualties: A Drawing, email 12000bodies@gmail.com, or contact Dr. Cox (215-206-5903, coxa@arcadia.edu). For more information about Peace Day Philly events, contact Lisa Parker (215-688-6127, contact@peacedayphilly.org).

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2012 Open Doors report names Arcadia University #1 in the nation in undergraduate students studying abroad, while U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia among the top regional universities in the north and lauds Arcadia’s study abroad programs. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. Visit www.arcadia.edu.

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