Milford resident Lorie Lewis launches national arts movement to end gun violence and inspire peace

Artists 4 Peace, a grassroots coalition of artists for gun safety formed in response to the Uvalde tragedy, announces the launch of its first national arts project. Wings 4 Peace launched nationwide on July 24 and continues through October 24, 2022.

Join the movement HERE.

Wings4Peace is an open invitation to artists, non-artists, children, students, teachers, adults, builders, artisans and activists to participate in a national movement to end gun violence and inspire peace. Participants will create several wing-themed artworks and share each piece in coordination with other artists and creators nationwide in public spaces over the course of four months.

The project has two main components: 1) an artwork that will evolve over the months and 2) an embedded message about gun violence that is revealed one word at a time. The first mission asks participants to create artistic renderings of wings, add the first word: “PEACE” to their wings, and place their creation outside in public late at night on July 23, so that people everywhere are waking up with wings on July 24th. (the anniversary of the Uvalde shooting). They will post pictures and photos on Instagram at wings_4peace with the hashtags #wings4peace and #artistsforpeace.

Lorie Lewis, director of Wings 4 Peace says, “We started on July 24, but anyone can join the project anytime through October. There will be a total of four wing sets with a message building over the months. We believe in the power of creativity and the power of unity. We believe everyone deserves to be seen and heard. We want everyone to join hands and show the world what collective creative energy can do! This initiative is just the beginning. This is how we plan to harness the nation’s creativity, spur action and improve community well-being.

Lewis is an art director/marketer from Milford CT. Filming Uvalde was at breaking point for her, and the result was a message to David Hogg of March for our Lives. Lewis told Hogg she wanted to use the power of the arts to help end gun violence and inspire peace. He asked her to prepare a plan and send it to him.

With the seed of an idea for the wing art from Lewis’ artistic partner, Paige Miglio (ED of the Milford Arts Council in CT), Lewis created a three-phase creative plan. Once the plan was reviewed, Hogg connected Lewis with Gracie Lee Pekrul of Artists 4 Peace and the collaborative journey began. Hogg and Pekrul formed Artists for Peace with a mission to bring creatives together to amplify each other’s work and collaborate on peace projects that generate conversation about gun violence.

The Wings 4 Peace Project (Phase One) offers simple missions over time to spread wings far and wide and inspire change. The art and message will evolve over the months with the full message and artwork revealed on October 24.

“Ending gun violence is possible, but it takes all of us,” says Pekrul. “We need everyone’s vision and voice more than ever. We want to turn our anger into action and demand the peace and security we deserve. We want to match the senseless hatred of our country with the power of creativity and unity. Wings are a symbol of safety, freedom and new directions.”

The first mission for Wings 4 Peace participants is to create an artistic rendering of the wings with the word PEACE prominently displayed, then place the wings outside for public view on July 23 (late night) or the earliest in the morning of July 24th, so that communities awake to wings everywhere. The interpretation of the wings can be as large as a mural on a building or as small as a painted rock. Some art suggestions include posters, sculptures, billboards, painted rocks, and even 3D prints.

Ideas for spaces and structures include trees, ladders, posts, fences, bridges, windows, yards, sidewalks, rocks, t-shirts and stickers. Entrants are encouraged to find a tall or wide space that will work for the final product, building a four-part message over time. There are options to participate on social media if public presence is not an option.

Westport, CT Artivist, Darcy Hicks says, “We must keep gun violence at the top of American consciousness with our paintbrushes, our hammers, our nails, and our creative ideas!” We are not leaving. We will be seen. We will be heard. We will join hands and inspire change. This issue of security and peace is too important to ignore, and everyone must be part of the solution.

Wings 4 Peace would like to thank the team of artists, activists, graphic designers and marketers who prepared and planned the launch. Special thanks to Darcy Hicks, Peter Propp, Paul Livornese and Erin Whitten.

Post images, share stories, add time-lapse videos and more to Instagram. Use the hashtags #artistsforpeace and #wings4peace and tag artists_4peace and wings_4peace

Questions? Contact Lorie Lewis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christopher S. Washington