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“A Peace Of My Mind” Photo Exhibit to Open on United Nations International Day of Peace September 21 at Midtown Global Market

by Megan Swenson

Twin Cities photographer John Noltner will open his new documentary exhibit, “A Peace of My Mind” at Midtown Global Market on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, coinciding with the United Nation”'s International Day of Peace.

“A Peace of My Mind” is a project that combines art and storytelling to explore the meaning of peace. Since early 2009, Noltner has interviewed 52 individuals about their thoughts on peace, including Holocaust survivors, a Buddhist minister, a homeless man, and many others. He asked what peace means to them, what they do to work towards it in their lives and what obstacles they encounter along the way.

The exhibit showcases 24” x 36” black and white portraits of each of the subjects as well as excerpts from their interviews. Full audio from the interviews can be downloaded from the project”'s website, www.apeaceofmymind.net. Visitors are encouraged to download these interviews to their MP3 players and listen to them as they view the photographs.

“Too often we are asked to look at what separates us in life,” Noltner said. “This project asks us to look at what brings us together.”

Noltner will host a free and open-to-the-public opening night reception at Midtown Global Market on Tuesday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will have the chance to view the project, enjoy light refreshments, as well as listen to readings of original essays and poems about peace by Michael Moore. Moore is an interview subject in “A Peace of My Mind” and also teaches a workshop and class entitled “Writing Peace into the World.” Students from the class will also perform readings at the reception.

The exhibit will be on display at Midtown Global Market through October 24.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tuesday, September 21 through Sunday, October 24, 2010

Opening reception to be held on Tuesday, September 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Exhibit open during Midtown Global Market Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Midtown Global Market

E. Lake Street and 10th Ave. So., Minneapolis

www.apeaceofmymind.net

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgXGt18nS7M

http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Peace-of-My-Mind/186355973157?ref=ts

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