Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights is pleased to announce its second annual Arts to End Violence contest and art show.

The Crown Heights community has made a commitment to end gun violence.  Merchants hang signs in their windows counting up the amount of days it has been since our last shooting; clergy members organize events to discuss violence in their congregations, teenagers speak to other teenagers about alternatives to violence. We are inviting the artists of Crown Heights and beyond to participate in our efforts to transform the neighborhood to make it a safe place for all.

Last year, the Arts To End Violence show brought artists together to share their own messages of peace and feelings about violence.  Some of the participants were established in their field and others were new to the creative process. The results were a diverse group of powerful images and performances that invigorated the community efforts to reduce violence.

We are calling on artists of all ages to submit art for this year’s project. Artists 19 and younger can submit in three categories (2-dimensional art, videos and t-shirt designs) to be eligible for cash prizes. Professional artists are invited to submit pieces to be part of the Art To End The Violence collection to be displayed in local galleries and nontraditional venues such parks, Laundromats and barber shops.

Guidelines for the youth contest are available here, and the call to professional and emerging artists is  here.

March 15th – Early Deadline (for feedback from the Selection Committee – optional)
April 5th – Final Deadline for Submissions
May 21st-25th – Festival and Gallery Openings
June 3rd-10th – Winners Announced during “Cease the Fire, Increase the Peace” Week
We encourage artists, gallery spaces, teachers, art programs and media to follow our tumblr through the Arts to End Violence tab above. Call us at 718-773-6886 and speak with Anthony or email him at to learn more.