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On Monday, February 23rd, YO S.O.S. co-facilitator Caitlin Gibb led students from Uncommon Collegiate Charter School is a dynamic conversation about art as a response to community violence. Students were shown art pieces from previous Arts to End Violence gallery shows and had a lot to share about in their analysis of the artwork. They discussed their interpretations of the non-violent themes as well as their own experiences with violence.

After the workshop, the staff from Uncommon Collegiate thanked us in these kind words:

On behalf of our students I wanted to THANK YOU again for creating a

SAFE, intellectually-thought-provoking SPACE

For our UNC advisory yesterday evening.

You did a stellar job of guiding the conversation, asking the right questions

And leading our students—so much so that they forgot they did all of it while standing for almost an hour!

It was my first time observing the work that takes place every month at SOS,

And I couldn’t have been more impressed. Thank you. We look forward to next time.

The Mediation Center will continue leading similar workshops with three other groups of students from Uncommon Collegiate, as well as with youth in other schools and community organizations. These workshops are a chance to have insightful and challenging dialogues about violence and community healing and are also a way to promote the gallery contest and encourage youth submissions.

We are currently seeking 2D art submissions from both youth and adults on the theme of anti-violence and community building. The deadline to submit is April 10th. Visit the Arts to End Violence page for more information and call 718-773-6886 if you would like us to facilitate a similar workshop with your youth group!