Grassroots funding of a culturally inclusive space at the University of Washington inspired by former Husky Bruce Lee & the Duwamish Tribe.
The UW Community Peace Garden project was started in 2007 by students, local community members and supporters, with the intention of recognizing and commemorating the contributions of all students and community groups representing diverse cultural backgrounds.
Inspired by the life and teachings of alumnus Bruce Lee, the project started as a class through the Comparative History & Ideas Department (CHID), and later spread throughout the World via social media.
Once picked up by local and national press, support began to spring up rapidly in respect to the essential message of the project: to inspire peace for all people. Since then, it has been an amazing inclusionary experience which has sparked the spirit of service and peace from people all around the World.
Having support from the Bruce Lee Foundation and the official blessing of the Lee family, the small volunteer grassroots group began collaborating with the University of Washington Architecture Committee to find the most appropriate space. After years of groundwork, the most suitable location was found currently known as the "Island Grove".
Located right near the Drumheller Fountain, the Island Grove provides a partially shaded and open space that has been rarely intruded upon since the inception of the University. In fact, it is one of the few places on campus that has native soils, and provides one the few nesting locales for the Great Blue Heron.
In recognition of the struggle for native and indigenous rights of our great Pacific Northwest region, there will also be a planned commemoration to the Duwamish Tribe in the Community Peace Garden. Ideas include a series of circular benches made from Alaskan Cedar (donated from the community), with the word "Peace" engraved around the circle in several of the Worlds languages.
Now, some 5 years after starting the project, the Community Peace Garden is looking to be funded by people like you! Just a small donation of a one, five, or ten dollars can help us bring this inspired project to reality! Find out more by clicking below, and spread the message along to your friends and family!
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