Inaugural event in April 2018

On April 7, 2018, the Virginia Beach community came together in ViBe Park to celebrate the Season of Nonviolence with a family friendly celebration of peace and understanding.

  • Live Music
  • Kids Activities: Face painting & Bounce House
  • Origami peace crane craft station
  • Local art mural painting
  • City ordinance reading and Spoken Word
  • Tables with local partners

2018 Community Partners:

  • ViBe Creative District
  • Virginia MOCA
  • Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Teens With a Purpose
  • Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission
  • The Little Theater
  • Interspiritual Empowerment Project
  • Children for Change
  • Virginia Beach Oceanfront Library
  • Virginia Beach Parks & Rec

The City of Virginia Beach honored the collaboration with the proclamation which was read aloud by members of Virginia Beach City Council, School Board and student activists.

Child for Change - City Proclimation

Local artist Walt Hardy assisted the community in painting a mural titled #Up4Peace.

Humanity, ViBe Fence Mural

2018 Media Attention:

  •  The Virginian-Pilot
  •  Wavy 10
  •  Southside Daily
  •  Alt Daily


Annual Art of Humanity Event in 2019:

The Art of Humanity in honor of Season for Nonviolence 2019

The Art of Humanity in honor of the Season of Nonviolence
Closing Celebration: Saturday April 13 – 10am-Noon.

The Little Theatre of Virginia Beach located at 550 Barberton Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

>Art making
>Live music
>Spoken word, poetry and art
>Face Painting
>Community Organizations

The Season for Nonviolence is celebrated annually from January 30 to April 4 as a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that non-violence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Mayor Robert M. “Bobby” Dyer and Dr. Aaron Spence, Superintendent of Virginia Beach City Public Schools will read a Proclamation.

Community Partners:

  • ViBe Creative District
  • Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission
  • Interspiritual Empowerment Project
  • The Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Virginia MOCA
  • Teens With a Purpose
  • Utopia Feni
  • Virginia Beach Public Library
  • Virginia Beach Arts
  • Virginia Beach Police Department
  • Teens With a Purpose
  • LGBT Life Center
  • Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
  • The Doorway Singers
  • Japanese Honor Society
  • StandUp For Kids – Hampton Roads, VA Chapter
  • Children for Change
  • African American Cultural Center of Virginia Beach
  • Little Theatre of Virginia Beach
  • Yolees’ G-Dawgz & Catering Co.
  • Hope For Life Rescue, Inc.

Community Mural – O’crylics

2020 Season for Nonviolence Kick-Off Event

January 30, 2020: ViBe Peace Pole Dedication – In honor of Season for Nonviolence

Kick off the international Season for Nonviolence with the City of Virginia Beach public dedication of the ViBe Peace Pole at the Oceanfront Library in the ViBe Creative District. Now more than ever before, it is important that citizens stand together for PEACE.

5pm: Mayor’s Remarks & Moment of Meditation:  the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission will welcome Mayor Bobby Dyer  and Superintendent Spence for remarks. Immediately following, a moment of mediation will be led by local resident Jen Fedorowicz..


A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on each of its four or six sides. There are estimated over 250,000 Peace Poles in every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace.

The Season of Nonviolence commences on January 30, in cities across the globe. The annual 64 day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), is an educational, media and grassroots awareness campaign spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The purpose of the campaign is to focus educational and media attention on the philosophy of attaining peace through nonviolent action as demonstrated by legendary leaders Mohandas K. Gandhi, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar E. Chavez, and President Nelson Mandela, as well as living legends such as His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Spiritually guided citizen leaders in 900 cities in 67 countries have participated since the campaign began in 1998.

Jen Fedorowicz, owner of Shine Yoga leads a Community Meditation for Peace the first Monday of every month from 6:45-7:30pm. All are welcome to this free event. We ask if you are able to bring a cash donation for the homeless of Virginia Beach. All donations go directly to the J.C.O.C. There is power when we gather together with the collective intention for peace. A peaceful world begins with finding peace within yourself.  Come join the local community as we are guided to connect to the peace within. Next meditation is Monday, February 3rd. Shine Yoga is located at 2397 liberty Way, suite 102  (adjacent to the Virginia Beach Municipal Center).

April 4, 2020 Art of Humanity Public Event – cancelled due to COVID-19 and restrictions on public gatherings.