The Orillia Arts For Peace Festival is annual event, which started out as an initiative of Project Ploughshares on the grounds of The Stephen Leacock Memorial Museum on the shore of Lake Couchiching. This will be our 35th. Year !
We have a Facebook Event page, a Facebook Planning page and a main Facebook Page and two signing treasurers...but other than that, we have avoided any paperwork. This seemed an obvious way to minimize the work of the committee while the event is entirely run by volunteers and donations from well-wishers.
We are a free festival and sell nothing at the event other than the T shirts which we buy from ethically run companies, then have printed with our logo.The profits , if any, go towards our expenses, which only amount to a few items..(event insurance, craft supplies and publicity costs, and usually a donation from the Festival for a worthwhile cause.) we have art activities for families, storytelling, music, dance, Yoga, Thai-chi and a local restaurant donates vegetable and fruit trays. We have artists painting on site, and an art exhibition in the Stephen Leacock Museum itself.
This year’s Arts For Peace Festival will be held on June 25th. on the grounds of the Leacock Museum. The Festival is free to one and all and runs from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Our theme this year is “Art as Therapy”, and you and your family may benefit from the many aspects of the arts that make up this inspiring afternoon.Relax in the beautiful setting beside Lake Couchiching, listening to the music on our main stage, or to stories on the boat house stage. Talk to the many participants eager to share their art, their crafts and music and community-minded endeavours. You will have the opportunity to participate in May Pole dancing and circle dancing, yoga and Thai Chi, refreshing yourselves with donated fruit and veggies and free lemonade.
There will be food vendors to make sure your needs are met...
And last, but not least..you should not leave before learning to fold an Origami Peace Crane, contributing to the goal of making 1000 peace cranes.