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Header image from a painting by Nicholas Roerich


The Center for Peace through Culture dates back over 40 years. Beginning in 1978 as a non-profit organization in New York City, CPC promoted global peace through fostering collaborative projects among artists, scientists and philosophers. CPC soon opened other branches in California, Texas, Massachusetts and Canada.

CPC’s co-founder Nanette V. Hucknall was inspired by the thinking of Nicholas Roerich, a noted peace builder, painter, statesman and writer, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1874. Roerich was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in developing a global treaty called the Roerich Pact that was dedicated to the protection of cultural values and signed by 21 nations, including the United States. Those interested in learning more about Roerich and his work in the realms of art, science, spirituality, peacemaking and more can visit the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York, NY.

By 1990, CPC had a full time Executive Director, a distinguished Board of Advisors, over 200 members, and 60 active volunteers, and was developing and executing a wide range of programming including workshops, conferences, exhibitions and festivals.


In 2001, following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, CPC relaunched the organization in the Berkshires. Since then, CPC has been working towards achieving a world culture of peace by educating and empowering individuals to lead more peaceful lives. This includes supporting activities and efforts that foster cooperation among individuals and communities, and encouraging the expression of peace in all of their work and relationships.  

Our programs encourage peace through compassion, empathy and understanding of the human experience. When individuals are at peace within themselves, their impact on the world around them is a reflection of their inner state.  

CPC currently focuses on developing and facilitating powerful, experiential, programs that build life skills, helping individuals to discover themselves, and discover and appreciate differences with others. These include LifeSchoolCommunity Projects, and the Banner of Peace Award.