About Art of Peace

Welcome to the 9th Annual Art of Peace. In just a short time, our program has grown from an afternoon of programs to a week-long series of peace activities and programs throughout the city of Tyler. With community-wide participation in creative expressions of peace, Art of Peace celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace (officially September 21) and Peace One Day.

The aim of Art of Peace is to promote a spirit of creativity, compassion and community through partnerships, fellowship, dialogue, social action, music, poetry, and art.

Click here to read the full history of Art of Peace.

This video is about “Peace One Day,” the incredible effort by one person to create an international Day of Peace. Art of Peace is proud to be part of this message.

Listen to the:

Arts Connection of East Texas Podcast

Anne McCrady and Sue Lander talk about the 2019 Art of Peace celebration and about the Tyler Museum of Art Peace Art Exhibit.

Upcoming Events

Peace begins in our own backyard. Since Art of Peace began, we have honored various community agencies that have created stability, offered support, shared love, made us stronger, and helped us heal. 

For 2019, the Art of Peace Honorees are the People of Tyler!

For all the good that our local community has done in lifting one another up, we honor YOU as peacemakers. Below is a video that showcases a few local people of peace.

Previous non-profits that have been Art of Peace honorees are:

2018 – Keep Tyler Beautiful
2017 – Habitat for Humanity of Smith County
2016 – Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas
2015 – St. Pauls Children’s Foundation
2014 – East Texas Food Bank
2013 – East Texas Crisis Center
2012 – Literacy Council of East Texas
2011 – PATH

Art of Peace Prayer

Please feel free to use this prayer in your place of worship – as part of a communal prayer for peace.


Let me be an instrument of peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
May I not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying to self that we are born to life.
This week and all year long,
may I join others around the world,
as we strive to be active and faithful
instruments of peace.