Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Peace Education And Action Center Inc

  • SARASOTA , FL
  • www.sarasotapeacenter.org

Mission Statement

The Peace Education and Action Center works to build a culture of peace by nurturing the values and attitudes that give life to the principles of' co-operation, non-violence, respect for human rights and cultural diversity, democracy, and tolerance. To cultivate the growth of these ideas we work to:* foster a culture of peace through education* promote sustainable economic and social development* promote respect for all human rights* ensure equality for all people* foster democratic participation* advance understanding, tolerance and solidarity* support participatory communication and the free flow of information and knowledge* promote international peace and security* support independent artists and musicians To advance our mission, we serve as fiscal sponsors for Transition Sarasota, the Commonwealth Time Bank, and the Suncoast Network for Compassionate Communication.

Main Programs

  1. Transition Sarasota
  2. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
  3. Commonwealth Time Bank
  4. Suncoast Network for Compassionate Communication
  5. Peace Education and Action Center

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Service Areas

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Florida

We work with organizations located in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

ruling year

2007

Principal Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Ms. Arlene Sweeting

Keywords

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peace, transition, education, environment, community

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EIN

20-8474610

 Number

2817564808

Also Known As

Transition Sarasota

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Music (A68)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments:1. The Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center increased the number and diversity of cultural and educational events offered to the community. Local artist Pam Callender curated rotating art exhibits; music concerts featured regional, national and international touring artists; we started a monthly contra dance; we partnered with the Asolo to present "Faces of Change" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream"; we continued to educate on issues of sustainability through our "Films for a Future" series.2. We continued work to inspire a Local Food Revolution - hosting two Local Food Entrepeneur showcases along with Eat Local Week. We also continued our Gleaning Project which has resulted in over 150,000 lbs of organic fruits and vegetables being donated to the food insecure in our community. 3. We hosted a 10 week "Finding a Path to Peace" series which brought together people of all faiths to talk about the situation in the Middle East.4. We organized and hosted the 17th Annual Homelessness Marathon in conjunction with WSLR community radio.5. We built a Tiny House with community support as part of our "Downside, Upside Down" Art Exhibit and Homeless Outreach Project.Goals for 2015:1. Three of our Board members will attend the National Nonviolence Conference and lead a local action in September 2015.2. We will get WBPV-LP radio on the air in Bradenton so we can reach a wider audience with our message.3. We will re-invigorate the Southwest Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice building the capacity of member organizations to work together on issues of common concern.4. We will continue our partnership with the Center for Religious Tolerance to follow-up on our Finding a Path to Peace Middle East series.5. We will expand Eat Local Week and work to offer interested residents a vehicle for investing locally in business ventures that are in alignment with their values.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Transition Sarasota

The mission of Transition Sarasota, part of the worldwide Transition Movement, is to act as a catalyst for rebuilding local community resilience and self-reliance in response to the converging crises of peak energy, climate change, and economic instability.Through educational programs and innovative projects, Transition Sarasota seeks to revitalize local agriculture, strengthen our local economy, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and serve as an inspiration and model for other communities who wish to do the same.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 2

Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center

Fogartyville is a special gathering place for those who truly appreciate music and community. Nothing draws people together like a shared musical experience, and nowhere is there a more welcoming environment for audiences and musicians than the vibrant and diverse community that is the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Aside from musical events, we offer educational events that further the mission of the PEACenter to build a culture of peace in Sarasota. We support other nonprofit and community groups by offering space for events at an affordable rate.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$41,000.00

Program 3

Commonwealth Time Bank

The mission of the Common Wealth Time Bank is to strengthen the resilience of Sarasota and Manatee counties by spurring social entrepreneurship and fostering greater local interdependence. The Common Wealth Time Bank provides a venue for people to share what they love with those in the community and be rewarded for doing so. By living and working from the place where our skills, passions, and values intersect, we can cultivate a true ""economics of happiness"" for ourselves and others. Our vision is based on the five Core Values of the Time Banking movement: 1. Assets: We are all assets. 2. Redefining work: Some work is beyond price. 3. Reciprocity: helping works better as a two way street. 4. Social Networks: We need each other. 5. Respect: Every human being matters.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$500.00

Program 4

Suncoast Network for Compassionate Communication

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) on Compassionate Communication is a language process developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. which can dramatically improve relationships by helping people focus their attention on empathic understanding of others without compromising their own values. Even in situations of longstanding conflict or hostility, the NVC process can open new doors to compassionate connection and action.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$0.00

Program 5

Peace Education and Action Center

The Peace Education and Action Center provides education, resources and action for those working for positive social change and a world free from oppression. We strengthen the impact of peace and justice movements by: 1. Fostering greater collaboration among activist groups 2. Bridging the gap between global, national, and local issues and communities3. Providing space and resources for local activist groups.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$12,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

We work with organizations located in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Funding Needs

1. Part-time Administrative Assistant. A part-time Administrative Assistant would enable us to make more effective use of current volunteers, improve public communications (prepare e-newsletter, update website, promote events on social media) and assist with outreach. (10 hours week @ $12/hour) $60002. Fund a local food study to help people to understand the importance of local food to our economy. $8000 3. Develop an investment vehicle that's rooted in local business and healthy food. Need experienced business people who would like to see people able to invest in Main Street instead of Wall Street to help develop a Slow Money Project in Sarasota. $600 4. Enhance the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center physical space for comfort and sustainability. Need to redesign our two garage doors (which leak a lot of air), add an additional air conditioning system and distribute our existing AC more evenly. $62005. Improve lighting at Fogartyville for art exhibits and stage performances. $1000

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Principal Officer

Ms. Arlene Sweeting

BIO

Sweeting is the former Station Manager at WSLR Community Radio. She co-founded the station and managed it for 9 years before stepping down to pursue her interest in building a peace and justice network in Florida. Prior to WSLR, Sweeting operated a small business in Manatee County, was a middle school science teacher, and a leader with the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The PEACenter is the only organization in the area focused on building a culture of peace - not an easy task when violence is so pervasive in our society. Sometimes it's even hard to know where to start. But we have chosen to start with building relationships, bringing people together to share food, music and ideas. We offer a diversity of events so that we can appeal to all segments of the community and we keep our ticket prices affordable. We also offer student pricing and give away complementary tickets to encourage people that might not otherwise attend. We have partnered with a number of nonprofit organizations in the community - UnidosNow, NAACP, ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Center for Religious Tolerance, Women's Interfaith Network, Florida Veterans for Common Sense, Planned Parenthood, Peace Jam, PLATO, the Asolo, and more. Through continuing education events and study groups we hope to increase awareness about systemic violence in our political and economic systems and work towards positive social change."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Arlene Sweeting

WSLR, Inc.

Term: Aug 2013 - July 2015

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