Don't just shop, shop just at Peace and Justice Art Festival this Saturday

The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center is hosting a Peace and Justice Art Festival. The justice-themed festival and market will feature local artists and makers offering a wide variety of goods and gifts for the approaching holiday season.

The festival will be held at Wiseacre Brewing Co. in Binghampton this Saturday, November 16, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

“It's a booth event. The artists will be selling their original work, and the proceeds of the work will go to them. The proceeds from the booth rental for the fair itself go to the [MSPJC],” said Emily Rooker, MSPJC's board secretary.

The event is also an opportunity for networking between artists, businesses, individuals, and agencies.

“People from the community can build connections, support a cause, and do some ethical holiday shopping that makes a difference,” said event co-organizer Nour Hantouli.

The event is family-friend, despite its location at a brewery, and the MSPJC encourages all Memphians to come out and support the center and local artists.

“It's a good opportunity to support the center, which has supported Memphis for almost 40 years," said Rooker. "At the same time, [it's] a great chance to support local artists and get ready for the holiday. So it's a three for one.”

MSPJC is a nonprofit organization that works to help communities realize and achieve social justice through nonviolent action. The organization trains and educates grassroots community leaders to self-advocate and campaign for social justice.

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“This event is one in a series of fundraisers dedicated to helping raise money for the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center. The money raised helps the center to support organizers in Memphis do their work,” said Rooker. 

The festival was organized by Hantouli and Tawny Skye Armus. Hantouli's business, Trashboat, will be a market vendor selling original designs on buttons, apparel, glassware and more. Armus' pottery business, Femme Pots, will also be on hand with one of a kind ceramic creations.

“We decided to put together this event to support Mid-South Peace & Justice Center, which has been a hub for Memphis justice-driven action since 1982," said Hantouli.

"I see this event as a chance to support them and bring together local artists who share their vision of a better Memphis," they continued. 
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