“The future can be anything we want it to be, providing we have the faith and that we realize that peace, no less than war, required 'blood and sweat and tears.’ ” ~Charles F Kettering

We invite organizations, performers and other Kansas City area peacemakers to support and get involved in the Visions of Peace at the Crossroads Festival. The Festival is an opportunity for us to focus public attention on our positive visions of the future we can have if we work for it!

Though some institutions of caring and compassion are under attack and threats of violence and war persist, those of us with visions of a more just and peaceful world need to be visible and speak out in creative and engaging ways to spread the reality that a better world and future is possible and it is up to us to help create it.

This year’s Visions of Peace Festival will take place on Friday, June 7, 6:00 to 9:00pm at 1811 Baltimore, KCMO (the Key Construction parking lot, same location as last year) during the Crossroads First Friday Art walk.

We will have lots of great music, poetry, and storytelling; a community art project including video interviews for the Visions of Peace video project; hold a peace and justice parade and dozens of social change organizations will be there to share ways individuals can get involved in their work.

Including music by:

Nicolette Page, Bob & Diana Suckiel, and Streetlevel Uprising;

and poetry and spoken word by:

Glenn North, Janey Harris, Lance & Rachel Asbury and Elston Jeffers

and performance pieces by:

Midwest InterPlay and Bro John Anderson

This year we will also have performances by youth participating in AFSC’s “If I Could Change the World” Spoken Word Project!

Join us in the “Lend Us Your Hands for Peace” art project, enjoy the performances, and learn what you can do from dozens of social change groups! 

The event is organized by the American Friends Service Committee. We thank the following organizations for supporting the Visions of Peace Festival. Co-sponsoring: Central Baptist Theological Seminary, GKC Interfaith Council, KKFI, Leela Village, Midwest InterPlay, PeaceWorks, KC, St. Marks Hope and Peace Church, The Rime Center; Endorsing: Grace Covenant Kairos, Keeler Women¹s Center, Lawrence Coalition for Peace & Justice, MO NOW; Tabling: Action Committee For Social Change, Aim4Peace, Bahia Community, Bradley Manning Support Group, Cherith Brook, Consolidated Social Work Services, Cultural Crossroads, MO Jobs with Justice, Physicians for Social Responsibility-KC, Veterans for Peace, KCMO Chapter, and United Progressives

 Click this link for more information.

We invite social change, faith-based and civic organizations to support and participate in the Festival and engage hundreds of a First Friday Art walkers with information about your work and vision for a just and peaceful community and world. Please consider having your group become a:

  • cosponsor (suggested donation $100- tabling space included and listed as cosponsor).
  • endorser (suggested donation $50- tabling space included and listed as endorser) or
  • tabler to share your vision of a peaceful and just world (suggested donation $25)

(We encourage tabling groups to develop a short activity to engage festival attendees.

Donations should be made out to American Friends Service Committee and mailed to 4405 Gillham Rd., KCMO 64110.  Please note “peace festival” on the check.)

The purpose of “Visions of Peace at the Crossroads” is to inspire deeper visions for peace and justice in our world. We will use the arts, performance, poetry, storytelling and music to engage First Friday Crossroads Art Walk attendees and encourage them to express their hopes for peace.  We will also provide easy ways for festival attendees to take actions for a peaceful, just and sustainable future.

Email AFSC to become a cosponsor, reserve a table or find out how to get involved.



Ira Harritt, KC Program Coordinator

American Friends Service Committee, 816 931-5256 / iharritt@afsc.org




“Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.

My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,

but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good

and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good, that it may prevail.”

~Helen Keller