Planting Seeds for Change


Our planned collaborative art event at the Central Library on Saturday, March 14th has been cancelled.
From the Kalamazoo Library:
Unfortunately due to the Corona Virus situation, we are cancelling all library programs and events, and that includes the Peace Pizzazz: Planting Seeds of Change. As soon as I hear word that we are safe to host events, I will reach out to you all for a time to reschedule. The good news is that the trees we “planted” at the library branches all look beautiful! The kids did a great job and each tree is unique.”

A children’s art collaboration event inspired by the need to change our habits to aid a healthy environment. Join us to create art from recycled materials and explore books focused on peace, climate change, and how to create a better future.

· Learn how to re-purpose waste materials into art, such as bracelets and more.

· Reading aloud of this year’s Peace Pizzazz books, focused on climate change and nonviolent activism.

· Discuss everyone’s role in cultivating habits to influence a healthy impact on our environment.

About Peace Pizzazz

Peace Pizzazz is a growing group of people that work to bring peace to our children by teaching and demonstrating the Golden Rule.


To give the children of the Kalamazoo Area the tools to create peace in their schools, homes, and playgrounds by teaching them to employ the Golden Rule as a way of peaceful conflict resolution.


To provide peace education to all children in the Kalamazoo Area, so that they have the tools for peaceful living.


Peace Pizzazz is a peace education program for K-5 students using the Golden Rule as the model for creating peace in their lives. Throughout the year lessons are provided through books, art projects, music, verbal/written poetry, dance, and other expressions of peaceful behavior.

Peace Pizzazz assists by providing books and curriculum to bring peace to the children. We suggest resources and encourage discussion on peace-related topics of inclusion and other nonviolent, constructive attitudes towards self and others. Positive behaviors are taught in participating schools, faith groups, after-school programs, and in homes with the goal of building a Culture of Peace in local and global environments.


Peace Pizzazz was envisioned in 2008, as a way of building public awareness and support for legislation to establish a U.S. Department of Peace through the writings and art of children. It soon developed into building a culture of peace locally through a K-5 children’s festival based on empathy and compassion.

Originally sponsored jointly by the 6th Congressional District Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace (DoP) and Skyridge Church of the Brethren Peace Pizzazz branched off to become more focused on providing peace books and curriculum to youth teachers and directors. Peace Pizzazz found its way into the KPS elementary schools and many other youth programs. Unity of Kalamazoo became a key sponsor through their fiduciary partnership.

Through grants and private donations, Peace Pizzazz provides free books to youth leaders, educators, and directors that join them in teaching a curriculum based on the Golden Rule. Art plays a large role in the teaching as children are asked to express what peace means to them through music, dance, arts and crafts, and poetry.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation has been a key contributor from the start. Other funding has come from the Kalamazoo Rotary Club, The Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation, ads by Kalamazoo Public Schools and Book Bug, and private donors. Money has been raised by children and given to Loaves and Fishes as a practical expression of compassion each year.

Financial Assistance From:

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Irving S Gilmore Foundation
United Way Kalamazoo
Upjohn Foundation Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Public Schools
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
VML Foundation
Bookbug Book Store Kalamazoo
Fresh Food Fairy Kalamazoo
Skyridge Church
Studio Grill Kalamazoo
Marshall Music Kalamazoo
Campbell Website Design
KNOW Kalamazoo

2017-2018 Donors

Thank you for your financial help

Jane Adams
Susan Caulfield
Talia Champlin
Department of Peace
Jill Dunham
Fran Dwight
Marilyn Eccles
Rachel Gorman
Jamie Kavanaugh
Kathy & Rick Kinas
Julie Klick
Rhonda Kohls
Marion Koleski
Janice Lakers
Alycia Lee

John Mickley
Renee Mielke
Karina Mirsky
Nathan Moore
Kathy Murphy
Dottie Myers-Hill
Jim & Abby Pero
Mechelle Peters
Charles Rose
Michael Stoline
Esther Vandecar
Chris Varga
Andrea Vogler