The “UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize” once awarded local initiatives, which contribute to strengthening social cohesion, improve living conditions in sensitive neighborhoods and develop a true urban conviviability (no, I did not make that word up–it is an official UNESCO term!).
It was the UNESCO designation that prompted local nonprofit Camino de la Paz to create the Peace Path here in San Miguel de Allende, anchored by our own Peace Pole. The Peace Pole Project notes that a “Peace Pole” is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on each of its sides.
And San Miguel de Allende is now the newest location to celebrate a Peace Pole!
The Camino de la Paz and the actual Peace Pole were both inaugurated on Earth Day, April 22, here in San Miguel with a public gathering in Parque Juarez–where children drew their interpretations of peace–followed by a march to the actual Camino de la Paz, once called the Rinconada de la Aldea, originating in La Aldea and running behind Café Monet, past LifePath Center, and leading to the Colonia of San Antonio.
The celebration terminated in a live-art production by artist Carlos Caban while the Teatro Via Organico–shown here with troupe organizer Diana Hoogesteger–performed an interpretive dance performance. Follow the Camino de la Paz web site for updates on the artistic evolution of Camino de la Paz!