The Mediation Center is excited to bring arts and theater workshops to local schools and community programs seeking to engage young people in meaningful dialogue about anti-violence and social change. Read on for details and contact Heather Day at yosos@crownheights.org for more information.

Arts to End Violence – Free Workshop!ATEV 2017 Flyer
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center works to reduce violence and build community and one of the ways we do this is through an annual festival of events called “Arts to End Violence.”

The festival includes a gallery show in May featuring anti-violence themed artwork from youth and adults. Leading up to the gallery opening, we offer free workshops to schools and community organizations. The workshops aim to engage youth in a conversation about the violence they see in their communities and the connection between arts and activism, and give students a chance to see and discuss art from previous years’ gallery shows.

We can provide workshops during the school day or in the afternoon.

Arts to End Violence – Call for Submissions
As part of our Arts to End Violence programming, youth (and adults) are encouraged to submit artwork on the themes of anti-violence, community, and healing to the Mediation Center gallery show which will open on May 25th in Crown Heights. Submissions of 2-D artwork will be considered. This includes art made specifically for this contest or previous works that connect to the gallery show themes. All submissions should be accompanied by an artist statement.

There is a cash prize for the top youth submissions (ages 24 and under). All submissions must be received by April 21st.

More details can be found at crownheights.org/arts/gallery.

Theatre of the Oppressed – Free Show By Youth, For Youth
This winter the YO S.O.S. program has collaborated with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC to develop a short play on the topics of gun and gang violence, loss and trauma, street harassment, and school culture. The play was designed by youth members of the program, based on their real life experiences.

We are now booking shows to perform for other young people. The interactive show engages the audience in brainstorming healthy solutions to real life problems and is suitable for middle school and older. The troupe is available between 4 and 7pm during the week, preferably on Tuesdays and Thursdays.