Project or Program: No More Violence Bus and Library Project


Description: Public Education Campaign

The impetus for the No More Violence project was a recognition of

the need for people to see in their own communities the dangers, physical

and psychological, their children face every day by exposure to violence,

to hear some clear and workable solutions, and then have access to

materials and resources to address the problems of violence in their homes

and neighborhoods.

Slated to test for a year in Louisville,Kentucky and then roll out

to the rest of the country (and, perhaps, internationally). The two key

focal points of the program are be:

1. Tour of Violence

A bus will be retrofitted to accommodate both exhibit and seating

space and will be used to take people on a 2 - 3 hour tour of violence in

their own neighborhoods to see the violent influences to which their

children are exposed on a daily basis. Community leaders,

educators,medical personnel, parents, media and any other interested

parties will be given the opportunity to take the tour. In between stops,

participants will be given informational handouts, and some possible

solutions will be discussed. When the bus is not touring, it will be

parked in public areas where people can tour the exhibit inside the bus.

The bus will run two tours a day, six days a week, for six months.

2. Anti-violence Resource Centers

These centers will be established in all of the branch libraries to allow

our citizens access to the materials and resources that will help them

address the issues and problems of violence. Included will be books,

journals, curricula, films and videos and other teaching materials, as well

as the handouts that are available on the bus tour. The branches will also

be used to present a year-long lecture series that rotates through all

branches of the library. The resource center portion of this program is

designed to revert back to the care of the library system after one year.

Costs: $300,000 plus change

Status: Over the past three years this program has been fully designed and

is waiting for full funding in order to get rolling, no pun intended.


Current Challenges:

1. Those who can afford to contribute don't think that violence is a

problem. Those who most need the help can least afford to contribute.

2. What this program really needs is a national (or international)

corporate sponsor who could see how beneficial this program can be for

their image with so little financial expenditure.

3. I've received some local and national letters of support from

organizations. I could use a lot more.


Jan Arnow, Director; Institute for Intercultural Understanding

1207 Summit Ave. Louisville KY 40204 USA

Phone and fax: +1 502 454 0607 email:


"Though I am different from you, we were born involved in one another."

T'ao Chien