On the evening of Thursday, May 21, approximately 200 neighbors and artists gathered at Ron Taylor Gallery for the annual Arts to End Violence Gallery Opening. The gallery is a combined effort between S.O.S. staff, school and youth organizations across New York City, and local artists to create and display art with peaceful, positive messages. Artists of all ages from several organizations and schools, including Healing Arts Initiative, Eagle Academy for Young Men, Academy of Arts and Letters, and Diaspora Community Services had the chance to see their work on display. Neighbors enjoyed refreshments, art, live music from Pastor Ken Bogan’s jazz band, and a special spoken word performance by Youth Organizer, Shavanna Reid.

Several representatives from our community partners served as judges from the youth art contest, including judges from the Legal Aid Society, King’s County Hospital, Repair the World, Trinity Wall Street Church, MoMA, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Movement Center, Brooklyn Independent Media, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Save Our Streets Crown Heights, YO S.O.S., Justice Community Plus, and the Crown Heights community at large. Additionally, many other individuals participated as judges including New York City Councilwoman Lauri Cumbo, Chief of Staff Stephani Zinerman from City Council Member Robert Cornegy Jr.’s office, and Chief of Staff Jarvis Houston from State Senator Jesse Hamilton’s office. For more photos of the event, check out the Facebook album here!

Missed out on the fun? The gallery will be open at 1160 St. Johns Pl. for two weeks! Please visit us during these hours:

Wed May 27, 2-6 pm
Thurs May 28, 12-4 pm
Fri May 29, 2-6 pm
Mon June 1, 2-6 pm
Tues, June 2, 2-6 pm
Wed June 3, 12-4 pm

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