ENOUGH Violence Exhibition
Violence is on the rise across the U.S., from local teen gang shootings to family-on-family homicides to mass killings at theaters, churches and schools. One in 20 US students is directly impacted by violence today, as either victim or offender. ENOUGH Violence creates a forum for artists to share their unique problem solving abilities and powerful artistic responses to this urgent societal problem.
To encourage public dialogue, a series of education programs and weekend activities were planned throughout the run of the exhibition. Lectures, artist demonstrations, gallery tours, Studio workshops and an artist in residence program presented in partnership with the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center provided an opportunity for audiences to connect with artists and respond to their art. Scottish artist Dauvit Alexander joined Pennsylvania artist Gerry Florida for the Inside/Out Residency, an international, hands-on art-training program for youth, residing both in and out of detention centers. This residency program, which worked with 36 students from Shuman under the guidance of art instructors Florida and Alexander, explored ways to empower youth to keep them from engaging in destructive actions or situations. It also explored how to “save a place” in society for young offenders so they can transition back into their communities successfully.
The 36 students created talisman and memory boxes from recycled materials that were exhibited in the lower gallery of The Society for Contemporary Craft in conjunction with the main exhibition and shared by blog and Skype between Pittsburgh and Glasgow. The student exhibition also traveled to the City-County Building and can be seen at The 2014 Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile justice National Conference, Boundaries, Barriers, Balance & Beyond, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown from September 28-October 1, 2014.
You can see close up photos of some of the student art work, including their memory boxes and talisman.
Read more about the ENOUGH Violence Exhibit here.