The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center  is pleased to announce our fifth annual Arts to End Violence contestArtists, merchants, schools, clergy, youth, and neighbors are all collaborating and organizing to make gun violence unacceptable in our city, instead of a regular and “normal” event.We invite you to join us in our efforts to stop shootings and killings in Brooklyn and beyond.

Each year Arts to End Violence hosts a series of inspiring and educational events, including a gallery exhibition to display anti-violence art from adults and youth. We are seeking 2-D submissions from all mediums on the themes of violence, safety, and community for this year’s gallery exhibit. Artists of all ages are encouraged to submit and there is a cash prize for top submissions by artists under 25.

Submissions are due May 7th. Selected works will be displayed at the Ron Taylor Gallery. The exhibit opens May 21st.


– Submissions are recommended to be no larger than 2’ by 3’, but larger pieces may be considered.  

– Artwork should involve anti-violence broadly, but not use explicit images of guns or any symbols that are associated with local gangs.

– Submissions can include art made specifically for this contest or previous works that connect to the theme.

– All submissions should be accompanied by an artist statement and a release form which can be downloaded here: 

For more information and to coordinate drop-off, contact Marlies at or call 646-789-1201.