Arts to End Violence

Arts to End Violence is a festival and contest that brings together some of the many artistic expressions of peace in our neighborhood and beyond in order to spread the message of nonviolence. Diverse artwork submitted by young and old, professional and novice, explores topics including the cyclical nature of violence, media and stereotyping, gang culture, and ultimately a shared vision and hope for peace in our streets. Arts to End Violence is a special initiative of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, and is coordinated by the Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets program in conjunction with various community partner organizations. To visit the Arts to End Violence tumblr account and see some of the artwork submitted, click here.

Arts to End Violence 2014

We are getting excited for our fourth annual Arts to End Violence contest! The final deadline for our annual arts contest is May 7th, 2014. This year we are accepting only 2-D art, and we welcome all artists to submit their work that addresses the issue of violence. To submit to our contest or for more information, contact Marlies Talay at or at 718-773-6886.

Our gallery opening will be on May 22nd at the Ron Taylor Gallery on St. Johns Place at 6:30 pm.

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Arts to End Violence 2013

We have announced the winners of our Arts to End Violence contest! To see the winning pieces and other artwork submitted to Arts to End Violence, check out our tumblr at

Arts to End Violence is composed of multiple events, including The Kingston Avenue Festival, a community block party, and a Gallery Opening event that showcased artwork created by local professional and youth artists. This year we also held our first-ever spoken word event.

Arts Contest
**The Arts to End Violence contest deadline has now passed. Artwork submitted to our contest can be viewed on our tumblr at, or in at the Ron Taylor Gallery, 1160 St. Johns place through June 7th. See above for open hours.

Part of the Arts to End Violence festival is a call for submissions from local professional artists, and a competition for young artists. Selected submissions are displayed at the Ron Taylor Gallery at 1160 St. John's place, starting with our Gallery Opening event on May 23rd, 2013. We accept submissions of all kinds, including (but not limited to) 2-D prints and paintings, film, installations, and public performance art. For the first time this year we will also be holding a spoken-word event. We encourage submissions from all artists, professional, youth, or otherwise; youth artists under 24 are eligible to win cash prizes.

The timeline for art submissions is as follows:

Open for submissions: February 1st, 2013

Deadline for submission: April 5th, 2013

Art submissions will be displayed at the Ron Taylor Gallery on St. John's place starting at our Gallery Opening on May 23rd, 2013, through June 9thSelected pieces will also be displayed at the Arts to End Violence Block Party on May 18th, 2013 

To see current submissions visit the Arts to End Violence tumblr.

About Arts to End Violence
“Walk the Road Don’t Stop” by Jose Cedillo, age 17

Past Arts to End Violence 2013 events 

Arts to End Violence 2012

To learn more about last year's successful festival events, here a few reports from our blog:

"S.O.S. Wraps Up Arts to End Violence"

Below is a schedule of last year's events:

May 19th: Arts Festival for Children and Families
Food, face painting and entertainment.

May 22nd: Pop Up Art Display
Come check out the art that was submitted to the Arts To End Violence Contest.

May 23rd: Art Showcase
Live music. See the art. Meet the Artists. Celebrate in your neighborhood.

May 24th: Film Night
Watch the films from the Arts To End Violence Contest. Event is in Partnership with the Kings County cinema Society.

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