“You’re able to have this lasting visual effect that stays with the kids. They’ll have this as a reminder on a regular basis as they walk through the halls of the school,” said Allison Paul, director of John Bryan Community Pottery and a resident artisan assisting with the anti-bullying project.
The art will be on display for the public from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Antioch University.
Effie Palassis, a sixth grader at the school, enjoyed sewing the rays around each peacemaker, and helping other students write affirmations on blue-dyed tassels that were tied around each tapestry.
“We all learned how to stop bad things from happening and not be a bully,” she said.
The important lesson has been showing kids that there’s no “elusive figure, the bully” but that anyone can hurt someone’s feelings, said Deb Housh, arts and cultural manager for the Yellow Springs Arts Council.
“Especially with the younger kids, everyone has the capability to make a good choice or a bad choice,” she said. “And anyone who’s made a bad choice can still be someone’s best friend.”