This year we celebrate the 6th Annual Pinwheels for Peace Festival! The festival is successful due to the hard work of many individuals. This year's magical committee is:

  • Bill Bryant- President UNA-OKC
  • Carmen Clay- Casady School Service Learning Chair
  • Saundra Delgado
  • Dianna Freeland- SGA
  • Dianna Freeland- SGA
  • Brooke Hessler- OCU
  • Martha Holland
  • Dr. GiGI Hu- Education Coordinator JASO
  • Mikel Ibarra- President of Pinwheels for Peace OKC
  • Daniel Kline- Web Developer
  • Joan Korenblit- CEO Respect Diversity Foundation
  • Rev. Jennifer Long- OCU
  • Steve McLinn- Ojas Music
  • Dr. Joe Meinhart- OCU
  • Elizabeth Muller

Founding in Oklahoma City

In 2007, Sadie Mast, a peace activist and Mennonite, wanted children to celebrate and experience the International Day of Peace in Oklahoma City. Sadie called her friend Gail Sloop, an OKCPS Art teacher and peace activist, late in June, 2007. Sadie stated that we needed to create a celebration for children on the International Day of Peace, September 21. Gail told Sadie about the Pinwheel for Peace Project and she thought it was perfect for children.

www.pinwheelsforpeace.com &qout;Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, who teach at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for their students to express their feelings about what's going on in the world and in their lives. The project was quickly embraced by their students and the entire school community and by millions of art teachers, teachers, parents, children and adults who desire peace in our world."

The 1st meetings were at Ingres's Kitchen in August, 2007 with the local Peace Activists. Bill Bryant, President of the United Nations Association OKC Chapter took the first notes. The forming of the Pinwheels for Peace in the OKC area was in celebration of the International Day of Peace started with organic growth and cooperation from many.

  • Sadie Mast - Mennonites
  • Bill Bryant - OK United Nations
  • Nathaniel Batchelder - Peace House
  • Rex Friend - Quakers
  • Sue Tarr - Jane Goodall
  • Lakshimi Ramgopal - Peace Pilgrim
  • Joan Korenblit - Respect Diversity Foundation
  • Linda Esser - Cast for the World and Art Educators
  • Steve McLinn - Music
  • Gail Sloop- Art Educators

The 1st Pinwheels for Peace Oklahoma City Festival was held Friday, September 21 at the Gold Dome in Oklahoma City and was a great success. Linda Esser worked diligently to ensure the festival's continued growth and success with her students from Putnam City North High School. Sadly, Linda passed away in January of 2011. However, her legacy of honoring all people and her passion for peace has continued to impact the world. The festival is now in year 6 and is hosted by Oklahoma City University. Powered by volunteers from many organizations and passionate individuals who are working to see it continue for many years.

2011 Event Videos

Full Program

Give Peace a Change, arr. Steve McLinn for flash [peace] mob