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Inspired by fellow countryman Mahatma Gandhi, Indian-born artist Indira Johnson has been reaching out with a message of peace.

Since 1993, Johnson's Shanti Foundation for Peace has used art to help children and adults find non-violent solutions to their conflicts.

Through in-school programs in local Evanston schools – or as far away as the Rhode Island School of Design – Johnson spurs students to blend their spiritual and artistic exploration with a social message. Her community projects help bring neighbors together, developing closer bonds between erstwhile strangers.

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Discover what else is going in the Evanston art scene.

Visit " A Force More Powerful" to learn more about nonviolent movements throughout history. The site includes more information about a documentary series on Gandhi that premiered on PBS in 2000.

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Tour Indira Johnson's studio and find out what drives her to be an artist and an advocate for peace.


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Point of Decision, by Indira Johnson.

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Satyagraha, by Indira Johnson. Satyagraha is the philosophy of nonviolent resistance.

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I Want..., by Indira Johnson.

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Students at Evanston's Dewey Elementary School worked together to create pieces that focus on nonviolence.


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