CJAM Announces “Come to the Table 2023 – The Art of Peace” Fundraising Gathering

Staff report

Bloomington, Indiana – October 19, 2023

The Community Justice & Mediation Center (CJAM) is gearing up to host its annual fundraising event, “Come to the Table 2023 – The Art of Peace,” on Thursday, November 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The event will take place at the newly renovated John Waldron Arts Center, offering a platform for celebrating CJAM’s community work and honoring those who champion peaceful conflict resolution.

The evening will commence with a reception and small plate appetizers from 5:30 to 6:30, setting the stage for a vibrant program from 6:30 to 7:30. This year’s theme, “The Art of Peace,” seeks to explore the impact of the arts on conflict transformation. Much like CJAM, art encourages dialogue, understanding, and empathy, fostering unity within communities and among individuals.

The event will feature a distinguished panel of local community members who have made significant contributions in the realm of the arts. Heather Akou, known for her work in fashion design, Connie Cook Glen, a notable figure in the music industry, and Gus Weltsek, a seasoned performer, will share their experiences and unique perspectives.

To steer this discussion, the event will be moderated by Yaël Ksander.

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance:


Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into the stories and insights of the featured speakers, gaining a deeper understanding of how art plays a vital role in promoting peace and understanding.

CJAM, a non-profit organization with a history spanning over 28 years, has been dedicated to helping Monroe County residents peacefully resolve disputes and address contentious issues. Their extensive programs include community and court-based mediation services, eviction prevention for tenants and landlords, shoplifter’s prevention programs, workplace mediation, the Victim & Offender Restoration Program, mediation training, and group facilitation.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for those who wish to support CJAM’s mission and initiatives.

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