MLK Day Art of Peace asks: ‘What is your dream?’

"What is your dream?" That is the question that the Vermillion Area Arts Council (VAAC) and the South Dakota Peace & Justice Center (SDPJC) are asking artists, writers, musicians and dreamers of all ages as they call for creative observations of peace for their Art of Peace exhibit in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The exhibit, which will feature presentations, artwork, and sculpture from a variety of area artists as well as local schoolchildren, is set to take place at Washington Street Arts Center (202 Washington St.) from noon-9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.

The exhibit will also be open during school hours on Friday, Jan. 18, to allow area schools to bring students to visit in larger groups.

Local acoustic group Good People will provide peaceful melodies at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21, followed by the USD Chamber Singers at 7 p.m. Then local authors are welcome to share their work at an open poetry reading from 7:30 p.m. on. The will be a variety of food, drinks and smiles throughout the afternoon and evening.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight."

The VAAC and the SDPJC invite our Vermillion community to share a dream of the world, not as it is, but as it could be. And together we can make our dream, King's dream, a reality.

The deadline to contact organizers for art drop-off is Thursday, Jan. 17. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Becca Gehm, events chair, Vermillion Area Arts Council, at (605) 659-5283 or, or Tom Emanuel, executive director, South Dakota Peace & Justice Center, (605) 920-8945 or

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