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.
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.