On Thursday May 23rd Neighbors In Action held our 9th annual Arts to End Violence gallery opening where over 100 community members, elected officials, friends, families, and neighbors came together to appreciate the anti-violence inspired art, share food, and enjoy live music from Reverend Ken Bogan’s jazz band. The many works of art presented at the gallery addressed issues such as gun violence, police brutality, intimate partner violence, and many more important subjects. A YO S.O.S. alum, Shavanna Reid performed a spoken word poem for the crowd.  Arts to End Violence reminds us that the power of art resides in its ability to bring people together in celebration and resistance and in its ability to heal and unite people by looking pain and trauma head on, without flinching. The showcase brings together youth artists and established artists to utilize art as a crucial tool in making social change. Each year, artwork created by youth is entered into a youth art competition. This year, 23 youth artists submitted work to be judged by a panel of invited educators, government officials, clergy, artists, activists, curators and neighbors. NIA is proud to congratulate the top three winners of that contest:

First Place:
Nicole Devi Rodriguez
Stop to Live

Stop to Live

Second Place:
Notorian Kirksey
Ignorance is His

Ignorance is His

Third Place:
Tiffany Zhu
Million Baby

Million Baby

Congratulations to all of our youth artists for creating powerful works hung alongside those of established artists, some for the first time in a gallery and seen by hundreds!

Arts to End Violence ends with a closing reception

TONIGHT: Thursday, June 6th 2019 at Ron Taylor Gallery: 1160 Saint Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11213.

Check out these photos from the Opening Night!