On Friday June 8th, BRIC hosted Art as a Catalyst for Change– a city wide program initiated by several Council Members including Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo and Jumaane D. Williams.  The event showcased artwork submitted by students in the BRIC art gallery.  Nationally-recognized social and criminal justice advocate Marlon Peterson (also the co-founder of YO S.O.S.) opened the event with a powerful keynote address encouraging students to not let their past mistakes define their future. Apart from the art gallery, there were multiple interactive activities for students to participate in, including a community mural, t-shirt screen printing, and a community alter to honor those lost to gun violence.  A total of 12 schools attended the event, with students ranging in age from 10-18 years old. One of the anti-gun violence projects was a short film created by students that addressed the tragedy and trauma associated with gun violence in schools. Other student performances included a dance routine, and a high-energy drum circle that closed out the day’s events. S.O.S. Brooklyn, along with G-M.A.A.C., Recess Art Assembly, CAMBA, Man-Up, and Operation Hood tabled the event to educate attendees on how to get involved in local activism, events, and initiatives. Art as a Catalyst for Change was an incredible event, allowing youth to utilize their artistic voices to have a positive impact on their community.