Saturday, August 22, 2015

Painting for Peace in Ferguson By Carol Swartout Klein Review

Painting for Peace in Ferguson is a children’s book based on the Paint for Peace St. Louis community effort in Ferguson and south St. Louis city, which was published in early February 2015. Written as a child-friendly poem, Painting for Peace in Ferguson tells the story of the hundreds of artist and volunteers who worked to transform boarded up windows into works of art with messages of hope, healing and unity. Published by Layla Dog Press, all proceeds after printing costs will benefit organizations that work with north county-area youth and art programs as well as the businesses and employees affected by damage or loss of business.

Carol Swartout Klein

Carol Swartout Klein grew up in Ferguson, got her first set of jacks from the Ferguson Woolworths store (now the Ace Hardware store), got her first driver's license at what was the Ferguson Department store (now BMI Fitness), graduated from McCluer High School and got married at Ferguson Presbyterian Church.

She was so inspired by witnessing the spirit of hundreds of volunteers coming together to bring hope to a community in shock, she wanted to capture the story. Painting for Peace in Ferguson is the result. A journalist and marketing professional by training, she has always wanted to do a children's book.

She saw how healing the process of creating the artwork was for all those involved. As the community came together to help others, the artists, business owners and volunteers helped themselves, creating new connections she hopes will continue to create a positive environment of hope and peace.

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

Cassandra's Review-  The book is a great remembrance to events that should have never happened in the first place.  I am so glad that people were able to paint over the problem and hopefully one day there will be a solution because after the art comes down the pain will still be there. 

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