Crown Heights Community Mediation Center Kicks of The 8th Annual Arts to End Violence Festival

Contact: Heather Day, Director of Youth Programs: 646.789.1201

Edward McWilliams, Youth Programs Coordinator: 646.975.1440


Arts to End Violence is the Mediation Center’s annual celebration of local talent, neighborhood pride, and community building. We believe in the power of art to bring people together, facilitate healing, and motivate positive social change. Through our Arts to End Violence workshops, staff engage young people in discussions about the impact of art in social justice movements and in the community as well how it can be used as a tool for healing from the trauma caused by gun violence.

Call for Art Submissions

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center will hold the 8th Annual Art Showcase and Gallery Opening on May 24th from 6:30-8:30 PM. Selected works from artists of all ages, including professionals and those new to the art world, will be displayed at the Ron Taylor Gallery located at 1160 St. Johns Place, between Kingston and Albany Avenues in Crown Heights. To be considered for the gallery, art must be 2 dimensional, focused on themes of anti-violence and community, and accompanied by an artist statement. Artwork must be submitted by May 7th 2018 in order to be considered for the gallery show.  All additional details and online submission information are available at

“There is a role for everyone in the movement to end gun violence. Artists can play a critical role in helping us have empathy for each other see community challenges from different perspectives and help us envision a collaborative and peaceful future.” says Amy Ellenbogen, Director of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, home of the S.O.S. Program. “Efforts are needed at the local level from artists who can help us strengthen our collective identity so we can stop violence, heal from violence, and reinforce our responsibility towards each other.”

For more information about S.O.S. visit, like our Facebook page and follow our Twitter. S.O.S. is a project of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center. The Mediation Center is a project of the Center for Court Innovation—a public-private partnership between the Fund for the City of New York and the New York State Unified Court System.