June 7, 2012 10:02 am
Eddie Bocanegra is a man who gets little rest. While the world was introduced to him as a ‘violence interrupter’, Eddie has stayed busy as a student, a teacher, an advocate for ex-offenders, an accomplished artist and as a mentor. This summer, Eddie in collaboration with the National Museum of Mexican Art, The Interrupters Outreach Team and several other Chicago youth art organizations will challenge Chicago youth to “Stop The Violence With Art.” The summer-long initiative is a call-out to Chicago teens to create pieces of art that express their experiences and emotions pertaining to violence.
Selected student works will be unveiled at the “Stop The Violence With Art” youth exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art on July 6th. To celebrate the opening of the exhibit and to further examine the themes of violence, the Museum will host a special screening of The Interrupters followed by a community conversation with Eddie Bocanegra, some of the featured youth artists and their teachers. For teens, having their artwork on display at such a prestigious museum will be a special experience, but Bocanegra understands that the creative process means much more.
"Often at-risk youth are robbed from their innocence without them knowing. I think art is a way in which we can bear witness to what they have gone through," said Bocanegra.
Youth artists are encouraged to submit their works of art to the National Museum of Mexican Art by June 25th. The exhibit will run through August 30th will a special closing ceremony honoring the students and featuring remarks by art teachers from Chicago area colleges and universities.
The “Stop The Violence With Art” initiative is a collaboration between Kartemquin Films, the National Museum of Mexican Art, Yollocalli Arts Reach, Community Arts Sustaining Academics (CASA), Hancock High School, Northeastern Illinois University, LuchArte, and Enlace Chicago.