The Art of Nonviolence program offers a way for Taos County youth to channel their passion, anger, grief and confusion into art.
The goals of the Art of Nonviolence program are to:
- Explore the potential of art to express and process difficult personal and social issues in positive and nonviolent ways.
- Encourage young artists, and involve their families and the community in recognizing their work.
The 2018 Art of Nonviolence will hang at the TCA Encore Gallery from February 5 through April 1, 2018.
Thirty pieces of powerful, emotional art were chosen from approximately 100 entered. The the art shows just how inventive and talented a troubled youth can be.
You can view the art here.
The student artists were from three schools:
- Taos Charter School — Teacher, Katie Woodall
- Taos Middle School — Teacher, Christin Autumn
- Questa Junior/Senior High Schools — Teacher Jennifer Vialpando
At the opening reception on February 8, the three teaches spoke about the courage and confidence it took for the students to reveal their feelings about how violence has affected their lives. Several students spoke as well.
TBH founder Vishu Magee, who started the program in 2011, said, “To be able to explore these feelings through art and to express them in a way that connects the artist to others, is invaluable. These kids are inventive and courageous, and the results are stunning.”
TCA Director Deborah McClean has called the exhibition “one of the most significant displays of youth art with a social theme that Taos has ever seen.”
The 2013 Exhibition
Here is the art from the 2013 Art of Nonviolence Exhibit.