A Concert to Unite
By Sarah DeAngelis on Thursday, November 7th, 2013
You know how they say that one’s Peace Corps service can set one on a path? That’s definitely the case for Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Bob Schlehuber, who in partnership with the National Peace Corps Association, will present Amplified Voices: A Connections Concert, featuring Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary and international stars Heartbeat: The Israeli Palestinian Youth Music Project, Humayun Khan and Farah Siraj with live connections to the Middle East, David Broza, Muhammad Mughrabi, and Tom Paxton.
[Learn more about the concert and buy tickets at: http://amplifiedvoices.eventbrite.com/. Use the promo code “NPCA” and receive 15% off.]
The concert will be held on Sunday, November 10th, at 3:00 pm at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall. A diverse range of musicians and artists will harness the power of music to drive social, political, and cultural change, connecting artists from the United States and the Middle East, with special attention to the efforts of those building peace in Israel and Palestine. All proceeds will go to the peacebuilding organizations involved in the concert, including Heartbeat: The Israeli-Palestinian Youth Music Project and other artists from Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Jordan.
Schlehuber volunteered with the Peace Corps in Pryvilla, Ukraine 2009-2011 as a youth development Volunteer. There, he worked with legendary musician and peace advocate Peter Yarrow to create Operation Respect Ukraine. After Peace Corps, Schlehuber graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. In addition to volunteering with advocacy groups including the Middle East Peace Working Group, he has launched several nonprofit organizations centered on peacebuilding, including Peacebuilding Connections, a new Washington, D.C. based initiative to channel positive energy and resources towards artistically connecting diverse cultures around peace and social justice ends. The group promotes the idea that through meaningful and fun artistic cross-cultural interactions, peace can be achieved between people in all regions of the world.
Why do you believe the Peace Corps is important? Dr. Said, a close friend and mentor of mine says “The whole world needs the whole world.” Peace Corps allows for citizens of one country to easily and meaningfully help citizens around the world. This not only provides a service for other countries, but allows Americas brightest and most motivated to have an experience that will forever keep them passionate in providing service to those both home and abroad.
Will your concert uphold the third goal? The Third Goal of the Peace Corps aims to help Americans understand the people and cultures of other countries. It is one of the three goals that support the mission of the Peace Corps to promote world peace and friendship. The concert will feature artists from 5 different Middle East countries as well as live connections to those in Israel and Palestine. No other concert in Washington, D.C. will unite and connect this many world citizens in a matter of 2 hours. Through understanding of cultures we can expand our vision of what is possible among global citizens. We cannot connect and provide service to one another until we see one another. By exposing people to new cultures their misperceptions about the other disappear and new understandings and friendships can begin to form. When Volunteers and friends of the Peace Corps support and engage in Third Goal activities, they help Americans gain a greater understanding of the world. They foster the spirit of world peace and friendship. They may also inspire Americans to be civic minded by example.
What is your main goal from the concert? The main goal is to energize people to create a new vision for what is possible in the Middle East. A new vision and a new message will motivate people to commit resources, be it time, money or attention, to those working for peace in the region. The post-concert event will then serve to harness the energy and directly connect the people at the concert with organizations and individuals in the region.
Is there a particular target audience you hope to address through this concert? The goal is to engage as diverse audience as possible. Diversity spurs creative thinking. A post-party will immediately follow the event featuring a range of peacebuilding organizations working in the Middle East, the United States, and beyond.
Learn more about the concert and buy tickets at: http://amplifiedvoices.eventbrite.com/. Use the promo code “NPCA” and receive 15% off.
Following the concert please join the following organizations for complimentary food and fellowship:
- The Alliance for Middle East Peace
- MEJDI Tours
- The International Cultural Center
- Water Resource Action Project
- Intercultural Journeys
- Busboys and Poets
- Am Kolel
- Keeling-Puri Peace Foundation
- Heartbeat: The Israeli Palestinian Youth Music Project
- Operation Respect
- New Story Leadership
- National Peace Corps Association
- Alliance for Peacebuilding
All proceeds will go to further grassroots peacebuilding efforts between Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans. See more at Peacebuilding Connections, Heartbeat: The Israeli Palestinian Youth Music Project, and Operation Respect. For more information and group rates contact Bob Schlehuber at 815-519-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.