Stop the Violence with Art
Eddie Bocanegra, one of the stars of the documentary, The Interrupters has collaborated with the National Museum of Mexican Art and its youth engagement organization, Yollocalli Arts Reach on a summer long initiative designed to teach young people how art can impact Chicago. ‘Stop The Violence With Art’ is a summer-long collaboration between ‘violence interrupters’, teachers, filmmakers and artists of all ages that will celebrate young people’s talents and show how their artwork can connect to greater issues affecting their lives and communities.
Students from Chicago’s Hancock High School, Yollocalli Arts Reach, CASA programs along with LuchArte, a youth art project co-led by Bocanegra in collaboration with Northeastern Illinois University and Enlace Chicago and Kartemquin Films, will be challenged to create pieces that express their experiences and emotions pertaining to violence. These student works will be unveiled July 6th at a special two-month student exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art. To celebrate the opening of the exhibit and to further examine the themes of violence, the Museum will host a special screening and community conversation of The Interrupters. The exhibit will close on September 3rd with a special arts education panel and highlights from the exhibits two-month run.
TUESDAY, MAY 22nd – 3 – 7PM
The events kick off Tuesday, May 22nd 3PM at the Hancock High School Art Expo, where students will have the chance to showcase their talents and be part of a discussion panel with Eddie Bocanegra. Organizers of the ‘Stop the Violence With Art’ campaign will challenge students in attendance to begin creating pieces for the two-month exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art.
FRIDAY, JULY 6th - TIME 5PM – 9PM
The ‘Stop The Violence With Art’ Youth Exhibit opens at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The July 6th activities will include a special screening of The Interrupters with a Q&A panel with ‘violence interrupter’ Eddie Bocanegra.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd – TIME TBA
The ‘Stop The Violence With Art’ Youth Exhibit will run through Monday, September 3rd with a special closing ceremony honoring the students and featuring closing remarks by art teachers from Chicago area colleges and universities.
Opening of Exhibit – Friday, July 6th – TIME TBA
Closing of Exhibit – Monday, September 3rd – TIME TBA
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 West 19th Street Chicago, IL 60608
www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org – (773) 535-2410