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© Copyright: 2018

© Copyright: 2018 Andreas Kerstan Umschlaggestaltung, Illustration: Andreas Kerstan Lektorat, Korrektorat: Andreas Kerstan Verlag: Kunst Stuttgart International e.V. | Schmalzstraße 4 | 71229 Leonberg Druck: Wir machen Druck, Backnang ISBN: 978-3-947408-09-2 © Copyright Fotos: liegen beim jeweiligen Künstler des abgebildeten Werkes Das Werk, einschließlich seiner Teile, ist urheberrechtlich geschützt. Jede Verwertung ist ohne Zustimmung des Verlages und des Autors unzulässig. Dies gilt insbesondere für die elektronische oder sonstige Vervielfältigung, Übersetzung, Verbreitung und öffentliche Zugänglichmachung.

Peacemaking – An American and European Exchange of Art and Writings We are grateful to Gallery Kerstan for hosting this exhibition of art and writings from the USA, a two-year venture that is now coming to full fruition. We present 29 American perspectives on Peace and Peacemaking, thirteen professional artists, thirteen professional writers and three student artists. Each artist and writer offers their unique perspective on the subject, a passion for each. Our primary US sponsor, Elizabethtown College was founded by the Church of the Brethren, "one of the three historic peace churches in the USA." The college houses the Young Center, a leading research center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. The following was compiled and written by Project Peace participant, Julia Spicher Kasdorf. This exchange of art and writings between American and German people recalls our particular histories. Stuttgart became home to American military personnel after World War II, but our memory reaches to an earlier time. In the seventeenth century, pacifist Täufer (Anabaptist / Mennonite) fled Swiss persecution and migrated to the Rhineland Palatinate and worked hard to restore the land destroyed by war. William Penn, familiar with Mennonites after traveling through the Palatinate in 1677, specifically invited them to join his “Holy Experiment” in America. In 1683, they began to settle in Germantown, north of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. The Neue Täufer (Church of the Brethren) began in 1708 in Schwarzenau, North-Rhine-Westphalia, and reorganized on Christmas Day, 1723, in Germantown. Elizabethtown College was founded by the Church of the Brethren, one of three historic peace churches in the United States, along with the Mennonites and Quakers. A special thanks to all the contributing artists and writers in this project. The artists and writers give insight into their personal struggle for inner peace, compassion, and a passion for World Peace. Each expression is filled with the past, the present and a hope for the future. We ask difficult questions, and perhaps the answers are challenging. We are grateful and thank our sponsors for Project Peace: Kunst Stuttgart International; the Joseph Robert Foundation; a CISP Grant, Elizabethtown College; the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, Elizabethtown College; the Bowers Writers House, Elizabethtown College; the English and Fine and Performing Arts Departments, Elizabethtown College. Thank you Andreas Kerstan and the City of Stuttgart for hosting our project. We hope that this gesture on our part, will make a lasting impression on your city and all who see and read our work. We are grateful for this opportunity. Elizabethtown | USA | June 2018 Milt Friedly, David Kenley and Jesse Waters Directors – Project Peace USA | Elizabethtown College