On September 24, NVAM welcomed Vision Quilt founder Cathy DeForest to the the museum to present and discuss the work made by teens from throughout the city of Chicago during the summer of 2016. Teens from Woodson and back of the Yards YOUmedia branches as well as the NVAM Teen council and community members gathered to share resources, reflect on the work made by students and hold dialogue concerning the ongoing trend of increased gun violence in Chicago and around the country.
During the showcase, young artists spoke of their personal experiences with gun violence both directly and indirectly. Students from IMPACT family center shared about the frequency and subsequent frustration with gun violence in their neighborhood while NVAM Teen Council member Camile was moved to tears when she described the empathy and fear she feels knowing that youth and families are being killed in her city through gun violence.
“How many here have been affected by gun violence?” asked Cathy DeForest
Along with youth, community advocates listened and shared inspiration for hope for the future. A mother of a child killed by gun violence read a poem while others shared insight into community involvement opportunites to make an impact and create positive change.
After the presentation the panels will remain on display at NVAM through the end of the month and then be made available at rallies, community meetings and public display. Learn more at www.VisionQuilt.org
From IMPACT Family Center:
It was an awesome #ConnectedLearning experience for IMPACT Family Center teens to participate in the Vision Quilt program with National Veterans Art Museum and YouMedia @ Chicago Public Library.
The used art in making panels for Vision Quilt to express themselves about #GunViolence.
Here is a photo essay.
Teens have many social/emotional issues and a voice about #ChicagoGunViolence.
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