Thank you to everyone who came to our Arts to End Violence Festival; it was a huge success with over 600 people attending all of our events.

On Wednesday night, 150 neighborhood residents attended the gallery opening held at Ron Taylor’s gallery and the Greater Restoration Baptist Church on St Johns Place. You can see our full photo album on facebook.
Guests and judges filled the gallery to look at paintings, drawings, photographs and textile art submitted by local youth, professional, and emerging artists.

After looking at the art, guests shared their comments and reactions on large Post-It notes, which they placed on the window of the gallery. There were also opportunities for attendees to create their own inspiring messages of peace by making their own peace signs for our upcoming Peace March on June 7th. 
Next door at Greater Restoration Baptist Church, the film submissions screened at the back of the room, while refreshments were served up front.
Pastor Ken Bogan and his Jazz Quartet

Pastor Ken Bogan of Greater Restoration Baptist Church performed on the sidewalk outside of the church, singing two sets backed by his jazz quartet.

Last night the Arts to End Violence Festival came to a close with a Film Night featuring several of our film submissions, followed by the documentary Player Hating: A Love Story, a documentary about hip-hop artist Half-a-Mil from the Albany Housing Projects. The Arts to End Violence kicked off last weekend with our Block Party on Saturday, where families enjoyed over ten different arts and crafts stations, a barbecue, and dance performances, and a smaller exhibit of the Arts to End Violence submissions. 

We hope to see you all at Save Our Streets Week, June 2nd-10th!You can register for the Peace March on June 7th here.