“In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, A Peace of My Mind invites us to explore the common humanity that connects us.” – John Noltner, founder, A Peace of My Mind
A Peace of My Mind is a multimedia arts project, created by award-winning photographer John Noltner, that uses portraits and personal stories to bridge divides and encourage dialogue around important issues. Through exhibits, workshops, lectures, on-site studios, and distance learning, A Peace of My Mind leads transformative experiences that help a polarized world rediscover the common humanity that connects us.
A gifted storyteller, Noltner has worked on four continents, gathering stories of human courage, grace, and resilience. He has produced projects for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. A Peace of My Mind reflects his belief that art and storytelling can help individuals, organizations and communities articulate their deepest values and encourage action toward building social capital and community connections.
Bridging divides and building community through storytelling and art.
The vision of A Peace of My Mind is to model deep listening, challenge our own expectations, and encourage people to stay at the table as we reweave the social trust in our society.
A Peace of My Mind has gathered stories of hope and healing for more than a dozen years. We engage communities in thoughtful programming that uses those stories to reframe challenging narratives and imagine new possibilities for how we can live better together.
We build community through a commitment to be curious, to listen deeply and to stay at the table as we seek solutions together.
We gather content and create stories of people that celebrate the inherent beauty and wisdom that is in all of us.
We lead programming with communities and organizations, built around our exhibits, workshops and lectures, using storytelling to build compassion and uncover common ground.
We create content to give communities the tools to navigate challenging conversations and open opportunities to see themselves and their peers in new ways.
Despite the pandemic, donors like you believed in our mission and allowed us to spend the past year traveling the country, gathering new stories of people who are finding creative solutions to our most complex challenges. We have explored issues of immigration along our southern border, land loss and environmental degradation in the Louisiana bayou, housing security in Los Angeles, reconnecting military families, and Indigenous sovereignty in Minnesota and more. We are incredibly grateful and you have helped create a powerful new body of work. But that work is not done.
We have been on the road for more than two years, gathering new stories from across the country. Now as we lean into 2023, here's what we have planned:
-We plan to produce a new exhibit (or two) from the past two years on the road.
-We will start writing (and hopefully publish) our next book.
-We will launch a quarterly series of public events to bring people together to celebrate the beauty and wisdom of the stories around us.
-We will begin to develop online courses that will curate a guided exploration of our stories for individuals and organizations.
-We will continue to lead programming across the country.
-We will strategically place our programming in high-profile venues to expand the reach of our message.
Your generosity will determine how far we go. When you give today, you will ensure that we can gather more stories, engage more communities, and amplify voices that need to be heard as we learn to live better together.