On Thursday May 19 we celebrated our 6th annual Arts to End Violence Gallery Opening! Over 150 people gathered at Ron Taylor Gallery to view work created by youth and professional artists around themes of non-violence, community building, trauma, healing, and peace.

When they weren’t looking at the artwork, those in attendance could head next door to Greater Restoration Baptist Church to eat and debrief about the show. On the sidewalk outside the gallery there was live music provided by Pastor Ken’s Jazz Quartet, a Speak Your Peace crafts table, and a step and repeat with silly props!

After taking time to look at each of the 60+ pieces and read the artist statements, we encouraged everyone to answer the question “How does this art make you feel?” and write their reactions on post-its and stick them on the window. People wrote that they felt “engaged,” “hopeful,” “inspired,” “reflective,” “appreciative,” “thankful,” and more. Others wrote messages like: “I feel it helps the community come together,” “it makes me feel alive and makes life just a little better,” “it makes me want to end violence,” and “there is beauty in brokenness”. We hope that everyone who came to the opening left with a variety of thoughts and feelings about the show and renewed hope in the power of art to build community and take a stand against violence.

If you missed the opening and want to see the show, or if you came to the opening and want more time to engage with all of this amazing work, drop by our open gallery hours:

Wednesday, May 24 from 3 PM – 6 PM
Thursday, May 25 from 11 AM – 2 PM
Friday, May 26 from 11 AM – 2 PM
Tuesday, May 31 from 3 PM – 6 PM
Wednesday, June 1 from 3 PM – 6 PM
Thursday, June 2 from 11 AM – 2 PM

We hope to see you then! You can also find more pictures from the event in our facebook album.