2004: A monumental Year
By Christina Alexander
Following their selection by an international jury in February, 10 outstanding artworks from an international group of artists were placed on display in April and May in the beautiful Peace Arch Park.
The 2004 International Sculpture Exhibition was acclaimed by many visitors to be one of the best yet. The exhibition has been made possible with financial help from private donations, in kind contributions and grants from U.S. Bank and the city of Blaine.
From May through September thousands of international visitors to the park enjoyed these exceptional artworks along with the natural beauty of the magnificent floral displays provided by the park staff.
In June, thanks to the generosity of many residents and supporters, the United States Canada Peace Anniversary Association (USCPAA) president, Christina Alexander, was able to participate as a speaker at the Universal Forum of Cultures in Barcelona, Spain.
July 24 marked the annual USCPAA presentation of “Sunsets, Sculptures and Serenades” concert in Marine Park.
On September 11, the USCPAA presented the Sam Hill Days “Re-dedication of the Peace Arch.” Forty German tourism reporters enjoyed the ceremony and the re-enactors in 1920’s styled costumes.
September also marked the second international invitation Alexander received in 2004 to attend the World Culture Open in Seoul, Korea. Alexander was privileged to be one of 12 people selected from around the world to give a presentation about their peacekeeping work.
“These experiences were extremely enriching for me personally and professionally,” stated Alexander and, “they have expanded my view and our work in Peace Arch Park. It was an honor to share the story of the Peace Arch with people from other lands and cultures. And it was also heartening to learn about how other people and nations are building a peace culture in their parts of the world.”
In October, following the seasonal return of the sculptures to their owners, the USCPAA board members shared future projects with Blaine city leaders. Highlighted was the planned establishment of an annual “Procession of International Flags.”
In addition, USCPAA members participated in peace education and building peace culture workshops at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.
In 2005, the USCPAA will celebrate 10 years of cultural activities in The Peace Arch City. For us, “each new year is a reason to celebrate the Peace Arch, and peace as a gift for all seasons.”
(Alexander is founder and president of USCPPA.)