Champion for Peace

The Encinitas Rotary Club has awarded its 2017 Peacemaker Award to artist and journalist Kira Carrillo Corser for her work with the Posts for Peace and Justice Project. “Peacemaking comes in many forms,” said Encinitas Rotary President Greg Day. “The Encinitas Rotary Club Peacemaker Award recognizes community members who have made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, understanding, conflict resolution, and peace, either locally or globally.” During the course of Kira’s 30-year career, her humanitarian efforts have given voice to diverse populations and issues of vital importance through documentary films, books, artwork, and teaching. Her work has been displayed at the Smithsonian, Congress, and Senate Buildings in Washington, D.C., and in other venues throughout the country.

In 2014, Kira and Lisa Parsons co-founded the Posts for Peace and Justice Project as a way to promote nonviolence and peaceful solutions that bring intergenerational and diverse communities together through in-depth discussion and creation of “peace posts” that serve as public symbols of their commitment to peace. Each unique, eight-foot-tall vinyl post features meaningful images, symbols, and quotes, along with handprints of each individual involved in its creation. The posts are designed to travel and have already shown in over 200 locations. “Posts are used to teach at community gatherings, to build bridges between communities such as the police and communities of color, to lessen fear between immigrants and established communities, to educate in schools concerning issues of bullying and racism, to help stop university campus rape and, of course, to promote world peace and environmental conservation,” Kira said. Learn more about the project at www.postsforpeaceandjustice.org. For more information about the Encinitas Rotary Club visit www.encinitasrotary.com.