“No matter what our attempts to inform, it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides.” —Jan Phillips
Echoes of Peace began in 2002 as an impromptu choir organized to sing for the first “Art of Peace” event in Duluth, Minnesota. This grassroots event—a community response to 9/11/01 and its aftermath—continued annually for six years, bringing varied artistic expressions together to inspire and instigate creativity, plant peacemaking, and seed social change. Today, Echoes of Peace carries on this “art of peace” spirit, presenting performances and workshops on a range of art and social change topics, collaborating with local and international artists, and engaging communities in creativity and song at various events though out the year.
In 2012, on the celebration of the Echoes of Peace Choir's ten year anniversary, the Echoes of Peace non-profit was formed to support and expand the work of inspiring awareness, action and reflection on critical social issues using music and the arts.