This year the Mediation Center will host our sixth annual Arts to End Violence festival which includes a variety of events centered on art as a tool for anti-violence work. This year’s festival will include a talent show, an interactive theater performance, a youth-led multimedia presentation, a block party, and an anti-violence art gallery show. Artists, merchants, schools, clergy, youth, and neighbors are collaborating and organizing to make gun violence unacceptable in our city, instead of a regular and “normal” event. The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center requests that you join us in our efforts to stop shootings and killings in Brooklyn and beyond. In 2016, we encourage you to dedicate some classroom time towards discussion of gun violence and the creation of art that explores topics of violence, community, and healing.
You can get involved in the following ways:
- Submit your art or your students’ art to our contest (artists of all ages are welcome)
- Submission of 2-D artwork including prints, photographs, paintings, drawings, and collages will be considered. Submissions can include art made specifically for this contest or previous works that connect to the theme. All submissions should be accompanied by an artist statement and a release form.
- Invite our staff to facilitate a workshop for your students/participants focusing on anti-gun violence
- Attend Arts to End Violence events
- March 19: Stop Shooting Start Living Talent Showcase
- April 15: Submission Deadline for Gallery
- April 20: Youth Media Campaign Kickoff
- April 29: Theatre of the Oppressed Youth Performance
- May 14: Kingston Avenue Festival (Crown Heights Block Party)
- May 19: Arts to End Violence Gallery Show Opening Night
We are always looking for ways to collaborate with individuals and organizations concerned about gun violence. Please share this information with others you think would like to be involved as well.