Come join us for a night of inspiration while enjoying the works of John Noltner.
A Peace of My Mind: American Stories
“In a world that asks us to focus on the things that can separate us, A
Peace of My Mind invites us to explore the common humanity that connects
us.” – John Noltner, founder, A Peace of My Mind
Since 2012, award-winning photographer and author John Noltner has driven
40,000 miles across the United States asking people the simple question,
“What does peace mean to you?”
With portraits and personal stories, ordinary people reveal extraordinary
insights into how we can work toward common good and create a world that
is more just for all.
Holocaust survivors, refugees, artists, former prisoners, teachers,
immigrants, veterans, and more share their thoughts and inspiring stories
in a series that celebrates our common experience and sense of community.
Founded in 2009, this multimedia arts project self-published its first
book in 2011, through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Featuring
interviews of 52 diverse individuals in Minnesota the book is accompanied
by two traveling exhibits, speaking engagements and workshops, serving as
a catalyst for public dialogue around issues related to conflict
resolution, civic responsibility, social justice, and peace.
With a compelling new collection of stories, A Peace of My Mind is ready
to engage on a national stage with a second book, American Stories, to
inspire and empower people from diverse backgrounds to create positive
change in the world. A Peace of My Mind’s combination of art and
storytelling transcends barriers and provides a human approach to the
challenging issues of today.
John Noltner Biography
With images and words as his medium, John Noltner has been telling stories for twenty years
for national magazines, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profit organizations. His work has
appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Forbes Magazine, Midwest Living, and the New York
Daily News, among other publications.
Throughout his career, John has managed logistics for editorial and commercial clients, both
nationally and internationally, having worked on three continents. He carefully arranges details
and builds relationships with his clients and subjects, using humor, understanding, and
compassion to craft compelling and insightful stories.
A Peace of My Mind is John’s flagship effort, allowing him to use storytelling as a vehicle for
bridging social, political, and cultural differences. Since 2009, he has been asking people the
simple (or not so simple) question, “What does peace mean to you?” The project combines
photographs of diverse subjects and their personal stories exploring the meaning of peace. He
has included the voices of Holocaust survivors, homeless individuals, political refugees and
Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, wrote the forward to his first book based on the
art project, and says this:
“John Noltner takes us on a unique journey filled with revelations of courage and commitment,
resilience and hope. It is a beautiful journey that speaks to our innermost being. It touches us in
a way that allows us to see the world from a different perspective. Perhaps it will inspire us to
A Peace of My Mind has been presented at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Peace and
Justice Studies Association, the Sojourners Summit for Change, the Dayton International Peace
Museum and has received both regional and national awards.
John is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Peace and Justice
Studies Association, and the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers.