Windsor Children Sing a Song of Hope at One Ten Park on Remembrance Day

(Giles Campus French Immersion Public School’s Grade 1 students singing a song expressing their hope wars will end during the Windsor Peace Coalition Never Again Remembrance Day event held at one ten park Art Studio in downtown Windsor, Ontario, on Nov. 11, 2018. Photo above by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.)

Windsor Peace Coalition “Never Again” Event Brings Children To Windsor Art Studio To Sing For Peace on Remembrance Day

It has been exactly one hundred years since a peace agreement ended World War 1. Although it was tagged as the “War to End All Wars,” the world wasn’t so fortunate. And while many more wars broke out after the Armistice, the hope of a group of Windsor Grade 1 students, from the Giles Campus French Immersion Public School, is for wars to end.

They came as a choir to bring their message of optimism to a post Remembrance Day ceremony Sunday at one ten park, a unique open art studio in the heart of downtown at 110 Park St. W.

Their teacher, Laura Chesnik, translated part of their message, which was sung in French. She spoke of how the children were asking all to “Dream of a world without war. Dream of an ocean of peace.”

Teacher Laura Chesnik

Teacher Laura Chesnik led her Giles Campus French Immersion Public School Grade 1 students in a song of hope during the Windsor Peace Coalition Never Again Remembrance Day event held in downtown Windsor at one ten park Art Studio on Nov. 11, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Under the banner of “Never Again,” the event was organized by one ten park’s resident artists, Collette Broeders and Susan Gold, and the Windsor Peace Coalition to focus on the tragedies of war and the peace which could follow an end to such aggression. Earlier at the city’s Remembrance Ceremony, the Coalition placed a wreath at Windsor’s Cenotaph. It had “Never Again,” inscribed on its sash.

One ten park Art Studio’s current partners Susan Gold (left) and Collette Broeders

One ten park Art Studio’s current partners Susan Gold (left) and Collette Broeders served as the afternoon’s Masters of Ceremonies during the Windsor Peace Coalition Never Again Remembrance Day event on Nov. 11, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Sunday’s gathering is typical of the studio’s community outreach. As often as monthly it opens its doors or decorates its street facing windows to bring awareness to various issues and themes, often using art as an illustrator or conversation starter.

It is what Broeders and Gold have been doing over the seven years they have collectively operated the downtown studio. While it is not a gallery, in the typical sense, its walls are lined with their work and those of others who share space in the facility. This includes the satirically whimsical artist Stephen Gibb, who admits to occasionally practicing an art technique employing light and shade known as chiaroscuro.

Never Again lapel pins where sold at the studio as part of a Coalition fundraiser. Those looking to purchase the pins can contact windsorpeace@hotmail.com.

Windsor Peace Coalition Never Again Window Display

Windsor Peace Coalition Never Again window display at one ten park Art Studio in downtown Windsor, Ontario, on Nov. 11, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Art of Susan Gold

The artwork of Susan Gold on display at one ten park Art Studio during the Windsor Peace Coalition’s Never Again Remembrance Day event on Nov. 11, 2018. Photo by Robert Tuomi / Eyes On Windsor.

Robert Tuomi
Article and photos by Robert Tuomi

For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.