The Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery is Southeast Michigan's unique location for peace and justice related art exhibits as well as a location for a number of peace-related events. The Gallery also has a gift shop featuring books, cards and artwork that can be purchased. For more information about the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery, its history and mission, click here

Gallery & Peace Center - Days Open & Hours

Due to the virus pandemic, the Gallery & Peace Center are closed until further notice.​​ Updates will be posted on this website, our Facebook page, on the Gallery doors and on our answering machine (313-963-7575).

Current & Upcoming Gallery Exhibits & Events


We hope you will continue to care for your family and friends, and ALL those in need during this difficult time in our world. In Peace... Clara Lawrence, Director

Racism, Not Race with Dr. Joseph Graves

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7pm


Dr. Graves, Wayne State University graduate, evolutionary biologist,

and author of multiple publications on the genetics of race, will

answer frequently asked questions and deconstruct racial

assumptions through scientific analysis, in accessible terminology

and common language. Sponsored by the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery, Women’s International League For Peace And Freedom, Grey Panthers of Metro Detroit, Peace Action of Michigan and Southeast Michigan Jobs With Justice.


Register at to attend this online Zoom meeting.

Visions Of Peace Exhibit 

​Click The Image Below To See A Short Video (2:03) Of Our Visions of Peace Exhibit Narrated by Co-Curator Christa Perdue.







Another short (2:39) online tour of Visions Of Peace can be viewed at


The mission of the exhibit is to transform the world by encouraging peace and human rights through art education based on the United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child ( Artists are youth ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade.

To arrange a private, small-scale viewing of the exhibit, contact Clara Lawrence, Gallery Director, at 248-863-7705.


Cosponsored by the Wayne State University Center For Peace and Conflict Studies ( and the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. The exhibit itself will continue through the end of December of 2020.

Veterans For Peace Arlington Michigan Display In Downtown Detroit On Memorial Day – May 31st







Veterans For Peace Chapters 74 and 93 have again joined forces to set up the Veterans For Peace Arlington Michigan display (one grave marker for every Michigan soldier killed in the Afghan and Iraq wars – 230 total) in downtown Detroit on Memorial Day. The purpose of this display is to honor those who have fallen, to provide a place to grieve, and to educate the public about the costs of war, as well as the needs of those returning from conflicts.


The display will be held on Monday, May 31st, 11am to 5pm, in downtown Detroit’s Grand Circus Park (Woodward at East Adams – map link at This is right across the street from the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery. For more information about the local chapter of Veterans For Peace, visit For information about Veterans For Peace itself, visit


.Peace Center & Gallery Updates

Swords into Plowshares Announces Annual Memorial Scholarship Awards

As a mission of Central United Methodist Church, we promote and inspire justice and peace through the visual and performing arts by:

  • Serving as a forum for artists to present their works that comment on social conditions.

  • Fostering visions of the world transformed to one where peace & justice prevail.

  • Encouraging people to use their creativity to express their desire for such a world & to take action to make those visions reality.


The Gallery has established annual scholarships for College students who are pursuing studies that support our mission statement above. Deadline is July 1, 2021.


The requirements of the scholarship are as follows…

  • Students must be accepted into a College program (either undergraduate or graduate) and pursuing studies that would support working for peace and justice.


  • The recipient may use the scholarship funds for tuition and other costs incurred in attending a college or university.


  • This is a one-year scholarship.  However, a recipient who is not on academic probation and is making satisfactory progress toward completion of a degree may reapply for scholarship renewal.  However, priority will be given to new applicants.  The student is required to submit a completed application for each year the scholarship is requested.


Applications are available online by clicking here or by contacting Jo-Ann Snyder at (313) 608-3730 or For a copy of this announcement in flyer form, click here.


The memorial scholarships are in memory of our volunteers and friends who worked tirelessly to support our mission…  Grace and Ray Bazmore, Amanda Gudme, Wendy Hamilton, Ron and Joyce Mason, Bob Missirlian, Clara Webb

Project Noah Feeding The Homeless at CUMC

The NOAH Project (Networking, Organizing, and Advocating for the Homeless) at Central United Methodist Church (CUMC - upstairs from the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery) continues to feed the homeless and continue to seek housing for their clients.  Bag lunches and hand washing stations are situated in the church lobby from 10 a.m.- Noon Monday through Thursday.  If you need a meal please stop by.  Or if you would like to help with this humanitarian program, please call Jinnia at the NOAH Project 313-964-5422 Ext 120. For more information about The Noah Project visit


New Volunteers Needed!

We are always seeking new volunteers to help out with the Peace Center and Gallery. Contact Clara Lawrence (
to discuss becoming one of our dedicated volunteers.

Swords Into Plowshares Gift Shop  

While visiting the Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery, be sure to visit our Gift Shop!  We have a variety of peace and justice items available for socially and environmentally conscious buying. We offer items from 3rd world countries, non-profit entrepreneurs, upcoming artists, books from area authors, and a wide array of nicely priced items to help promote 'peace in action' gifts for the upcoming generation. The Gift Shop is open during Peace Center & Gallery’s operating hours (generally 1-5pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday).


Box Up Your Used Books

Donate them to the small FREE lending library that is installed outside Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. Just bring them by during normal SIP Gallery hours. Thanks!

​Area Peace And Justice Events

For a listing of area peace and justice events, please click here

​​​​Donate To The Gallery

Donations to the Peace Center and Gallery are always welcome. Your donation check is fully tax-deductible under the law and can be sent to... Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, 33 E Adams, Detroit MI 48226​