In partnership with Vision Quilt, Chicago Public Libraries, Impact Family Center, Hive Chicago, and Chicago Community Trust, the NVAM Education team Christine Bespalec-Davis and Moki Tantoco hosted a series of workshops with teens to reflect of the impact of gun violence in their personal lives and in their communities at the Woodson Regional YOUmedia.
Teens look at the AIDS Memorial Quilt presented on the National Mall in Washington D.C. in 1987 as an introduction on how many individual voices can come together to empower and inspire change. The teens are read Kim Stafford’s poem, “Proclamation to Peace” before sharing their experiences and opinions about gun violence.
After completing their Vision Quilt panels, teens share-out with the group their statements about the images and techniques used to create the panels. Examples include how rapidly news is spread through the modern form of communication of visual language, how gun violence tears apart families, that victims of gun violence are not only those who loss their lives, but family and friends, and how the targets of gun violence are predominantly young black males.