Last weekend we celebrated the art of peace at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. We began the day with some yoga to relax and set the stage for a peaceful afternoon at the museum. Tami Eshult of River Garden Yoga Center did a great job engaging families with stories and poses, not to mention keeping focused while some of the less engaged kids ran around the room. Each participant received a “story stone” from her satchel, which my little one loved. When we got home, she put it in the special spot next to her “lucky stone” a jeweler gave to her at the Uptown Market this past summer.
Then we headed upstairs for some music courtesy of I Like You. Love the band name, and the music was pretty cool too. Kinda folky-jazzy stuff. Kid-friendly, but not childish.
In the Reception Hall, we got to create a tiny piece of art that captured our concept of peace to add to a community mural that will be displayed at the Ridgedale Library now through December 17th. Ladybug took the assignment rather literally: she glued puzzle pieces to her peace collage.
There must have been something in the air because we happened to be grocery shopping this week and peace found us again by way of a box of our favorite circle oat cereal with the book All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon. It’s a mini bilingual paperback as part of the Spoonfuls of Stories program. All the World (a Caldecott Honor book) is a beautiful poem with the sentiment of peace running through it–ending with the words “all the world is you and me.”