Working to End Violence Through Art

A project of the anti-gun violence community group Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) turns to art as a means of rooting out gun violence in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy.

The May 28 segment of BK Live, a show from Brooklyn Independent Media, featured some of those involved in the Arts to End Violence project. Arts to End Violence holds an annual contest in which people submit artwork themed around anti-violence. The project’s primary purpose? Use art and performance to spread a wider message on ending violence, and the individual commitment to never take part in violence.

“Art is the most human way we have to connect people to each other and reach out to someone else and tell them, ‘I see you,'” said Marlies Talay, the neighbor services coordinator for S.O.S.

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