News Timeline

September 2014
Pasos presents at 8th International Conference of Museums for Peace conference at No Fun Ri Memorial in South Korea.

July 2014
Pasos gives Children’s Rights Quilt Project workshop at Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

June 2014
Pasos celebrates with Figment Participatory Art event at Governor’s Island, NYC with quilting lessons to make panels for the Children’s Rights Quilt.

May 2014
Pasos develops curricula for the Children’s Rights Quilt Project, which it makes available to teachers on its website’s Resource page.

September 3, 2013
Betty Reardon represents Pasos Peace Museum at the opening exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Peace Palace in the Hague.

August 2013
Pasos Peace Museum joins as an official sponsor of Friend Our World, an online learning hub for children to unite in friendship games of geography, languages, and global citizenship.

June 2013
The UNOY (United Network of Young Peacebuilders) exhibit “A Picture of Peace” is made into a video and displayed in the Pasos Virtual Museum. The exhibit is displayed in various locations around New York City.

March 2013
The photo essay exhibit “Peace of My Mind” runs through the month at New York University’s Kimmel Gallery.

March 15, 2013
The National Peace Academy, in partnership with Pasos Peace Museum, hosts a special evening of dialogue in conjunction with the “Peace of My Mind” exhibit. Speakers include: Tony Jenkins (National Peace Academy: Vice President for Academic Affairs); Joel Kovel (Author, Academic, Activist, Ecosocialist); Chloe Breyer (Executive Director of Interfaith Center of New York); Mavic Cabrera Balleza (International Coordinator, Global Network of Women Peacebuilde); and Morea Steinhauer (UPEACE alum, photographer, gender issues).

February 21, 2013
Pasos Peace Museum presents the opening night of John Noltner’s photo essay exhibit, “Peace of My Mind” at New York University’s Kimmel Gallery.

December 1, 2012
Pasos Peace Museum joins the International Network of Museums for Peace ( and agrees to host the photo exhibit “A Picture of Peace” in March 2013. The exhibit is the result of a contest sponsored by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) (

November 4, 2012
Pasos Peace Museum in collaboration with the International Network of Museums for Peace and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, will host the exhibit “A Picture of Peace,” which represents art from an international photo competition focused on themes of youth, peace and security.  Pasos will host the exhibit in its virtual museum from February 1 through May 31, 2013.

October 14, 2012
Pasos Peace Museum joins the Riverdale Festival of the Arts and presents artist David Everitt-Carlson, who engages young and young-at-heart in collaborative art project.

September 11, 2012
Pasos Peace Museum receives its provisional charter as a museum from the Education Department of the State of New York.

July 20, 2012
Pasos Peace Museum finalizes arrangements to bring John Noltner’s photo-essay exhibit A Peace of My Mind to NYC in February and March 2013.

June 30, 2012
Pasos Peace Museum’s “Decades Dance Benefit” takes place at New York Foundation for the Arts. All proceeds go to funding a future exhibit to take place in NYC.

April 26, 2012
“Museums for Peace: Transforming Cultures” is published, co-edited by Pasos Peace Museum Advisory Committee member Joyce Apsel and featuring a chapter by Executive Director, William Repicci entitled: Pasos Peace Museum: The Inspiration and Challenges of Creating a Museum that Empowers the Peacebuilder in Each of Us.

April 14–15, 2012
Pasos Peace Museum sponsors 6th Annual NoPassport Conference Dreaming the Americas: Re: Connecting Translocality in Performance—University of Arizona, Tempe.

February 25-26, 2012
Pasos Peace Museum’s Program Director participates in the two-day Acting Together Training for Trainers in New York City.

January 28, 2012
Pasos Peace Museum board and staff committee conclude a year-long project to create a new multi-year Strategic Plan for the organization, which is adopted by the board of directors.

December 14, 2011
Pasos Peace Museum adopts a new logo.

November 22, 2011
The International Network of Museums for Peace requests Pasos to submit a journal article for a book they are publishing on peace museums. Pasos’ Executive Director submits paper for publication. (Click here to download a PDF of the paper.)

November 17, 2011
Pasos staff joins Global Youth Connect for their First Annual Youth for Human Rights Gala.

November 12, 2011
The organization is officially renamed Pasos Peace Museum.

October 7, 2011
Museum Staff and Board meet with Adi Foksheneanu of Metronome-Israeli International Peace Education Institute to discuss collaborative efforts in facilitating and developing the practice of peace education internationally.

September 21, 2011
PAUSE for Peace (Peaceful Acts Under Surveillance Event) takes place at noon on the International Day of Peace. People participate across the globe at noon in their time zone.

September 17, 2011
Museum members gather at Colors Restaurant in NYC to celebrate the International Day of Peace, recognize the strides made by the organization in the past year, and plan future activities

September 12, 2011
The Board Chair and ED meets with the Executive Director, Lois Saperstein, and begins collaboration with Center for the Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of the impact of the arts

September 1, 2011
Peaceful Acts Under Surveillance Event (PAUSE for Peace) is launched as a worldwide annual event to commemorate the International Day of Peace on September 21st

August 4, 2011
Pasos becomes a sponsor of the NoPassort writers conference to take place at the University of Arizona–Tempe, April 14–15, 2012

July 26, 2011
Program Director Lea Giddins joins Jeff Rudy of the nonproft “Where Peace Lives” for a Peace Café workshop and planning session

July 22, 201
Pasos meeting with SGA-USA to discuss collaborations and mutual programming opportunities

June 26, 2011
Pasos Program Director Lea Giddins joins Soka Gakkai International-USA and The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association for the presentation of the Walt Whitman Champion Literacy Award, which took place at his birthplace in West Hills, NY.

June 14, 2011
Lea Giddins joins the Pasos staff as Director of Programs and Exhibits. Lea is a graduate of Brandeis University’s International and Global Studies Program with a concentration in Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies, and in Art History.

June 11, 2011
Pasos board chair Nitza Escalera joins Nadette Stasa of “Peace Museum, NY” to moderate a group at their “Peace Café” event on Governor’s Island, NY.

May 27, 2011
Pasos hosts nonprofit Global Youth Connect’s (GYC) first steering committee meeting at Fordham School of Law. GYC Executive Director Jesse Hawkes is spearheading an effort to expand that organization’s programs to include Human Rights projects in the USA.

May 4-7, 2011
Executive Director William Repicci attends the 7th International Conference of Museums for Peace in Barcelona, and makes a presentation entitled The Inspiration and Challenges of Creating a Museum that Empowers the Peacebuilder in Each of Us

March 4-5, 2011
Pasos co-sponsors the 5th Annual NoPassport Conference (NYC) Dreaming the Americas: Global Change in Performance

February 12, 2011
A Gathering & Celebration of the Board, Advisory Board and Consultants

January 21, 2011
Pasos participates in Winter Celebration/Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. at Central Park East II Elementary School.

December 2, 2010
Friendraiser—fundraising events at home of board members begins with first event

November 28, 2010
Pasos retains Synthesis Partners as consultants

November 3, 2010
“Using the Arts and Other Media as a Catalyst for Peace and Social Change—Board Chair speaks at Lecture Series at Vassar College

October 23, 2010
Pasos hires William Repicci as first Executive Director

October 14, 2010
William Repicci and Nitza Milagros Escalera meet with staff of NYS Sen. Thomas Duane to discuss peace issues, funding,
and joint cooperation

October 1, 2010
Pasos hires web designer and launches redesigned website

September 22, 2010
Sharing Stories of Peace: Pasos sponsors peacebuilding event at Central Park East II Elementary School

September 19, 2010
Pasos celebrates International Day of Peace with event at Colors Restaurant, NYC

June 4 and 5, 2010
Pasos attends a strategic planning retreat hosted by Envision Peace Museum in Philadelphia, PA

November 7, 2009
The Arts and Business Council of New York offers its supports and begins consulting with Pasos

February 22, 2009
Pasos holds its inaugural event at the Schomburg Center

Speakers: Joyce Apsel, Professor at NYU, Betty Reardon, Founding Director of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College Columbia University and William Repicci, Pasos board member; Art Exhibit: Mary DeVincentis and Tobi Khan; “Suite 9/1—Together” by DanceWorks, the Dance Company of Westchester Community College; Cooperative Games facilitated by Alan Berger of Peace Through Play; “Reflections on Peace”: visitor interviews by Jose Luis Colon & Associates; Peace Quilt — first Pasos artifact created by children who attended the event

January 2009
Video archiving of Pasos’ program events begins

January 21, 2009
Pasos meets with Ward Mintz, Executive Director of The Coby Foundation in New York City to discuss the development of its museum

October 6-10, 2008
Chair Nitza Milagros Escalera and Advisory Board Members Joyce Apsel, Janet Gerson, and Betty Reardon present at the 6th International Conference of Museums for Peace in Kyoto, Japan

October 2008
“Museums for Peace: Past, Present and Future” edited by Ikuro Anzai, Joyce Apsel, and Syed Sikander Mehdi published by the Organizing Committee, Sixth International Conference of Museums for Peace, Kyoto Museum for World Peace, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto (Japan)

Pasos featured in book: “Museums for Peace: Past, Present and Future”

July 2008
Pasos establishes an Advisory Board

March 11, 2008
Pasos joins International Network of Museums for Peace

March 8, 2008
Sponsored peacebuilding roundtable hosted by Janet Gerson, Co-Director, Peace Education Center

January 27, 2008
Pasos launches its website

January 26, 2008
Business Plan developed

September 8, 2007
Strategic Planning—Board retreat facilitated by Michael Johnan

February 3, 2007
Pasos holds its first board meeting with 10 board members

April 11, 2006
Friends of Pasos: The Museum and Center for Peacebuilding is incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation