Party with the World / Press release


Late Night - Dallas Museum of Art, September 19, 2008

Block Party Peace Festival – Bishop Arts in Oak Cliff, September 21, 2008

DALLAS, TX - Commitment to Peace.  One inspired person, Jeremy Gilley, convinced the United Nations to declare, September 21, the International Day of Peace and authored the book, “Peace One Day”.  You, your family and friends can celebrate with people all over the globe by participating in two special events sponsored by TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING (TMtB).

TMtB starts the weekend celebration on September 19, 7:00 – 8:00 pm at the DMA, with a fun artist demonstration for kids and adults in the C3 area. Dallas artist, Karen Blessen, co-founder of TMtB, and illustrator of the book “Peace One Day” will sign copies of the book following the demonstration.

The main event, on September 21, the International Day of Peace, is an all-day world-wide celebration.  In Dallas, the eclectic Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, is hosting a block party along with TODAY MARKS THE BEGINNING and many other community sponsors.  The festival will have food, live music, booths, and activities for kids.

TMtB is also celebrating “MasterPEACE: Young Artists Making a Kinder World”, TMtB’s peace curriculum, which used art as the vehicle to teach personal peace and conflict resolution in eight Dallas school.  The TMtB peace curriculum was adapted from a successful program being done in the U.K., developed by Jeremy Gilley, the man who inspired the UN to name September 21, the International Day of Peace.


Today Marks the Beginning (TMtB) uses art to impact public awareness of social issues.  Innovative projects join with creative talents to bring about unifying and compassionate solutions.
TMtB is a non-profit arts organization that initiates and facilitates a diverse range of projects.  We believe in the power of art to transform lives and enrich communities. Today Marks the Beginning partners with foundations, schools, and other organizations to promote community interaction and to help make a positive difference in the lives of all people though creative expression.


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