Can’t we talk?

Encouraging people to do just that is the goal of a multimedia art project on display at the Hennepin Gallery in downtown Minneapolis through May 27.

“A Peace of My Mind” seeks to encourage public dialogue about some complex issues — conflict resolution, civic responsibility and peace. In the display, more than 50 people describe what peace means to them, how they work toward it in their lives, and obstacles they’ve encountered.

Those profiled include Holocaust survivors, a homeless man, a Somali immigrant, a military chaplain, a pottery instructor and an oil company executive. Artists, volunteers, politicians, and business leaders all share their thoughts and stories in a way that organizers hope celebrates a sense of community.

The Hennepin Gallery, which is free, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Hennepin County Government Center, A-level, 300. S. 6th St., Minneapolis. It’s sponsored by the county’s Human Services and Public Health Department.

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