“No matter what our attempts to inform, it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides.” —Jan Phillips
Echoes of Peace began as an impromptu choir directed by Sara Thomsen to sing for the “Art of Peace” event in Duluth, Minnesota in 2002. This Art of Peace—a local response to 9/11/01 and its aftermath of heightened xenophobia, racism and war—continued annually for six years, bringing varied artistic expressions together to inspire and instigate creativity, plant peacemaking, and seed social change.
Echoes of Peace Choir continued the “art of peace” spirit, performing and presenting on a range of art and social change topics, collaborating with local, national and international artists, and engaging communities in creativity and song.
In 2012 the Echoes of Peace non-profit was formed to support and expand the work of inspiring awareness, action and reflection on critical social issues through the arts. In 2019, Regina M. Laroche joined as Co-Director of Echoes of Peace and Founder/Director of the Planting Connections Planting Hope program.