Windows for Peace
Windows for Peace, an innovative, interactive, outdoor exhibition is designed to
educate visitors to the Historic District of Crested Butte about Peace Heroes,
Peacemakers and Peace Allies. Peace Museum Colorado works with business and
property owners to display informational graphics containing artwork and brief
summaries of Peace Culture Heritage in highly visible public areas. The combination
of visual graphics and often-historic, iconic local architecture is intended to be
complementary, as they immerse the observer in the “everyday” environment of
local Peace Heroes, Peacemakers and Peace Allies- near their homes and on the
same streets they traveled.
General Education Projects
Peace Museum Colorado works with Colorado and nation-wide colleges and
universities to provide a graduate internship program that focuses on peace studies
research. This research internship is designed to build and maintain, in quality and
quantity, the database and presentation of Peace Heroes, Peacemakers and Peace
Allies in various Peace Museum Colorado exhibits, programs and projects.
Mediation Workshops are designed to train community members on the basic skills
needed to mediate and negotiate the most common forms of conflicts that occur in
our daily lives. Focus is placed on neighborhood, school and workplace conflicts.
Trainings are planned, written and delivered by trained Mediation and Counseling
professionals volunteering with Peace Museum Colorado for the purpose of
mediation trainings. Mediation Workshops are given on a quarterly or seasonal
schedule and are offered primarily in Gunnison County, Colorado. Peace Museum
Colorado, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, aims to make mediation
workshops and conflict resolution trainings available at the lowest possible cost to
Peace Museum Colorado hosts special events and Speakers Series featuring guest
speakers, films or panels organized for the purpose of public education, fostering
dialogue and community enjoyment on topics related to peace, peace museums,
peace culture, Colorado history and heritage, peace movements and other topics
upon approval by the Board of Directors.
Speaker Series event tickets are available to the public, however supporters who
have made an annual donation at the level of “Member” or higher may obtain tickets
at a discounted price. It is the objective of Peace Museum Colorado to have at least
one guest speaker each year a recognized Peace Hero, Peacemaker or Peace Ally.
Peaceful Outdoors Program: The Peaceful Outdoors program has two prongs: an
educational component and an outreach component. In the former, the program
educates locals and tourists to the Gunnison Valley and other outdoor sports or
public land users on the importance of ecological sustainability and stewardship;
respectful shared land use practices; and the importance of environmental peace in
local, national and international peace-building. See Community Outreach Activities
for additional activities descriptions for this program.
Peace Museum Colorado curates both print and online publications, including a blog,
a map of Peace Sites in Colorado, newsletters, journals and journal articles, manuals,
and full-length publications. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis except
when otherwise noted. These publications are intended for educational use only.
Youth Education Projects
In general, Peace Museum Colorado’s youth oriented programs include special
academic events and presentations in public and private K-12 classrooms in the
Gunnison Valley and throughout Colorado that aim to teach mediation skills,
alternative conflict resolution techniques, engaged listening, dialogue and
negotiation skills, teamwork and consensus building, dignity, tolerance, equal rights,
interpersonal communication, emotional intelligence, mediation, heritage, history,
and social justice.
Peaceful Solutions by Youth (PSY): Once-weekly small-group workshop for
teenagers (13-18) to discuss current conflicts in their families, communities, or
world and collaborate on peaceful solutions individuals or groups can effectively
implement. Peaceful Solutions by Youth participants are encouraged to share their
collaborative achievements through public outreach or education programs
including training workshops, public service announcements, museum exhibits, art
projects, or another collectively decided endeavor.
Community Outreach Projects
Ombuds Office: In an extension of Mediation Workshops (see Educational
Activities), the Ombuds Office will draw from the pool of trained community
mediators and professional volunteers to provide the Crested Butte, Mount Crested
Butte and greater Gunnison Valley with trained mediators to assist individuals with
various conflicts. Through Peace Museum Colorado’s Ombuds Office, so-called
“Ombudsmen” and “Ombudswomen” will provide community members with 1)
individual coaching, problem solving and brainstorming sessions for nonviolent and
peace-forward solutions to personal conflicts; 2) a safe space and optional neutral
party for two conflicting parties to discuss, negotiate and resolve conflicts
Community Justice Program: Additionally the Ombuds Office, with appropriately
trained volunteers and/or staff, shall also work to collaborate with the legal justice
systems in the Gunnison Valley to promote conflict mediation and alternative
conflict resolution mechanisms to civil court cases. The Community Justice Program
aims to reduce the demands placed on local legal systems while increasing the
instances of conflict transformation and post-conflict reconciliation within the
community(ies) of Gunnison County.
Peace Kitchens: Every Friday during June, July and August Peace Museum Colorado
has a Potluck and discusses with various Peace Heroes in the Crested Butte area. We
discuss, with young, old, male and female peace heroes and why they do what they
do and why it helps each person in the Crested Butte Area. In addition to the
summer, Every Friday in January and February will be dedicated to the Peace
Kitchen efforts at locating and discussing with local peace heroes.
Peace Walks: We want the community members to research, nominate and promote
their own peace heroes, peacemakers, or peace allies.