Thursday, May 10, 2012

Second Annual Arts to End Violence Festival to Kick Off May 19

The S.O.S. Arts to End Violence Festival will kick off in on Saturday, May 19th, with a block party on Kingston Avenue between Dean and Bergen. There will be food, music, art activities, and of course, an exhbition of the submissions we've received from young people and artists.

Please join us for the Arts to End Violence Gallery Party on May 23rd at Ron Taylor Gallery and Greater Restoration Baptist Church 1160 & 1156 St. Johns between Kingston and Albany. Join your neighbors and peers to appreciate and think about the art that has been produced for this initiative. There will be food, refreshments, live music, and it will be a great opportunity to engage with the many artists (young and old, novice and professional) who are part of this initiatve.

Here is a sneak peak at some of the work that you will see at the Festival; please visit the Arts to End Violence Tumblr to see more, and see the complete schedule of events below.

“What Now?” By Jamel Shabazz

“The photograph is entitled ” What now ?” and it represents 2 warring gang members seated at a chess table with pieces that are both black, making it impossible to play the game, this image is my way of saying to gang members that Black on Black violence must end.”

“Stop the Violence” by Janet Griffith

I created a quilt (machine-quilted) that combines photos from the march on October 20, 2011, with memorabilia from the shootings of two young men on my block of Hampton Place. It is dedicated in the memory of those two young men, who came from good families and lived on a good block but their lives were stolen by gun violence

“Walk the Road Don’t Stop” by Jose Cedillo, age 17

I grew up around gangs all life. I have family members that are in different kinds of gangs yet we get along. But there always will be a slight struggle since they are different. It don’t matter, family still be family even if your living different lives. I’m trying to say is if my family gets along well with no trouble why is it that brothers and sisters streets don’t get along. At the end of the day we are all the same don’t matter if you’re black, white, or brown or If you’re Crip, Blood, or Latino king. I have seen through my eyes suffering between gangs. And I’m proud to say that I have cried because I seen mothers, little brothers all kinds of people cry over their fallen relatives. Heck I’ve seen my friends die in front of my eyes. I’m just wondering what is it that makes us different at the end of the day, we are all humans. There is no scientific definition of race, so why discriminate. I just have to say that every one of us have a road to walk. If you stop walking you’ll never make it big. If you stay back you’ll be influenced with the temptations of people ideas. That includes gangs. So why can we just shake hands? and walk the road together and not look behind. it would be hard not to look back but if you want to move on with your life just try to forget. Forget about the bad influence will have gave you but don’t forget where you truly came from. Don’t forget the struggles because that will be your motivation in life. So let’s shake hands and walk

Second Annual Save Our Streets Arts To End Violence Festival 

May 19th -24th in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY.
Everyone is welcome.

May 19th: Arts Festival for Children and Families
Food, face painting and entertainment.
Kingston Ave between Dean and Bergen 1:00pm - 6:00pm

May 22nd: Pop Up Art Display
Come check out the art that was submitted to the Arts To End Violence Contest.
Utica and Eastern Parkway 5:00pm

May 23rd: Art Showcase
Live music. See the art. Meet the Artists. Celebrate in your neighborhood.
Ron Taylor Gallery and Greater Restoration Baptist Church
1160 & 1156 St. Johns between Kingston and Albany 6:30pm - 9:00pm

May 24th: Film Night
Watch the films from the Arts To End Violence Contest. Event is in Partnership with the Kings County cinema Society.
LaunchPad 721 Franklin Ave 7:00pm

An initiative of Save Our Streets Crown Heights (S.O.S.), Arts to End Violence is a festival and contest that brings together some of the many artistic expressions of peace in our neighborhood and beyond in order to spread the message of nonviolence. Over 40 pieces of art, submitted by young and old, professional and novice, explore topics including the cyclical nature of violence, media and stereotyping, gang culture, and ultimately a shared vision and hope for peace in our streets. The result is a collection of art that works to unravel the dangerous web that produces and perpetuates gun violence in our neighborhood.

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