by World Art Expressions
World Art Expressions, a non-profit organization to promote world visual and performing arts founded in 1997, is proud to announce the recipients of its “Peace Maker of the Year” award of the year 2000. The organization selected author and educator John-Roger to be the Peace Maker of the Year, because of his dedication to promote peace worldwide.
John-Roger founded the Institute for Individual and World Peace in 1982. Its mission is to promote the experience of peace by providing opportunities for individuals to experience peace directly by participating in workshops, seminars and special events. Such programs include: One Accord: The Process Toward Peace workshops, The Spirit of Service Celebration and others. A celebrated author, John-Roger’s books include “The Tao of Spirit”, “Spiritual Warrior”, “Forgiveness: the Key to the Kingdom”, “Baraka”, and “The Way Out Book”, among many others, all of them delivering the message of peace through the search for spiritual awakening. As the founder of the Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, John-Roger has offered thousands of seminars and lectures in the United States and many countries for over thirty years. In his efforts of assist people to discover their spirituality, he also founded the University of Santa Monica and the Heartfelt Foundation, among other charitable organizations.
The award is a beautiful bronze sculpture created by Cuban artist and an over-thirty year Chicago resident, Elation Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez’ works have been exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of the Americas in Washington, DC and in galleries and museums of the United States, Europe and Latin America.
The award will be presented to John-Roger at the opening of World Art Expressions’ PeaceMusic2000 concert at Preston Bradley Hall (Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington St. in Chicago) on Sunday, October 8, 2000 at 1:00 p.m. This is a free concert in celebrations of the United Nations’ Year for the Culture of Peace.