On Thursday, May 24th, the sidewalk of St. Johns Place was filled with lively music, art, and food as Crown Heights Community Mediation Center celebrated the 8th annual Arts to End Violence gallery opening. The gallery space, generously donated by Ron Taylor, was hung with vivid art created by community members of all ages and walks of life. It was an evening to remember!

See some pictures and gallery open hours below.

Artists used a variety of mediums from watercolor to modeling clay to discuss and challenge violence. Police brutality, school-shootings, domestic violence, and gun violence, were a few of the topics that artists chose to engage with head on. Pieces of art channeled resilience, discovery, human connection, and healing. The artists mingled with other community members and neighbors, while enjoying music from Reverend Ken Bogan’s jazz band and creating more art in real time. Attendees made their own buttons, silk-screened t-shirts, and also engaged with live painting. A group of judges comprised of people from the community, public service sectors, the arts, and partner organizations evaluated youth art submissions based on their originality, message, visual appeal, and artist’s statement.

Youth Programs Coordinator and Arts to End Violence organizer, Edward McWilliams said one of his favorite things about the gallery opening was to see young people go through the process of attending an ATEV workshop at their school, submitting a piece, and ultimately coming to the gallery opening to see their art on display. These artists inspired several gallery viewers to think about their own ideas to submit for next year’s show. “I’m looking around now, and I didn’t realize that I could have submitted one of my graffiti pieces. I am definitely going to do that now,” stated one young attendee. The Mediation Center is proud and excited to continue engaging the power of art to transform pain and promote healing within our communities.

Winners of the youth submissions contest will be announced on our social media after the gallery closes. 

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Sad you missed the opening? Come celebrate with us at the closing party on June 7th at 6:30-8:30 pm located at Ron Taylor Gallery!

The gallery opening took place at Ron Taylor Gallery located at 1160 St. John’s Place in Crown Heights and will remain open to the public for viewing on:

Wed. May 30: 3pm – 6pm

Thurs. May 31: 11am – 2pm

Mon. June 4: 11am – 2pm

Tues. June 5: 3pm – 6pm

Wed. June 6: 11am – 2pm

Thurs. June 7: 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Closing Party!