On October 19, 2013 we had set sail on an international cultural cruise on the “Ship of Humanity.” We sailed around the island of Manhattan with the spectacular backdrop of the skyline of the New York City in full view. This was in celebration of the “International Day of Peace” with collaborations of Voices of Women Worldwide, World Peace Prayer Society and the New York Rotary Club.
Attendants were greeted with the happy sounds of a Calypso steel bank joyfully creating music as happy passengers boarded the ship. The waters were calm and placid as we serenely passed under the Brooklyn Bridge and then out out to the spectacular bay with the Statue of Liberty so proudly standing. From there it was on to the waters near the United Nations with a flag raising ceremony that took place in an international celebration with delegates, heads of humanitarian organization, and members of the UN in attendance. The World Peace Prayer Society’s representative to the UN led a moments prayer with a ceremony dedicated to the heart breaking loss of so many children caught in the grip of regional conflict and war in this troubled world. Later in the evening, a mini-concert performed by the gifted Tarumi Children Violinists took place that delighted of an adoring audience. They have performed all over the globe for heads of state, Popes, Kings, Queens and now for this important event with people assembled from all over the world. The evening’s cruise included a spectacular cultural display of performances representing a number of cultures. The applause was loud and exuberant as the Arts Olympus brought together people of many cultures in harmony on the “Ship of Humanity.”
We have on view here a wonderful selection of photos from the event documenting this festive occasion that we hope you will enjoy. We also want to encourage you to take a moment and make a tax deductible donation to helping us continue our good work through music, art, dance, theater and all areas of the creative arts. We thank you in advance and look forward to keeping you on board as we do our global outreach creating events that are indeed a positive statement of hope for humanity in this very difficult world.