Bridge to Peace Project

Bridge to Peace Project

FUND FOR THE ARTS INC
$108.90 given
$9,891.10needed
$10,000 goal
Bridge to Peace Project
Bridge to Peace Project

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As a direct reaction to the violence overwhelming our communities, The Arts Council of Southern Indiana, in partnership with The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, will introduce the “Bridge to Peace Project” -- a joint art exhibition, and cultural series directly addressing the multifaceted and interconnected issues of violence in Louisville and Southern Indiana. The project will host the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW (The Innovative Merger of Art and Guns to Inspire New Expressions o...

As a direct reaction to the violence overwhelming our communities, The Arts Council of Southern Indiana, in partnership with The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, will introduce the “Bridge to Peace Project” -- a joint art exhibition, and cultural series directly addressing the multifaceted and interconnected issues of violence in Louisville and Southern Indiana. The project will host the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW (The Innovative Merger of Art and Guns to Inspire New Expressions of Peace Now) exhibition, an exhibition organized by renowned metal-smith artist Boris Bally. The show features dozens of works made from decommissioned firearms, by artists from the United States and 6 other countries. From September 8th through October 20th, “Bridge to Peace” will serve as an artistic catalyst for not only critical discussion, but also ongoing action.

Gun violence is not stopping, more vigils are being held, and more “RIP” shirts are being made. Makeshift memorials elaborately adorn street corners across the country. The impact of gun violence has become so pertinent that virtually everyone is affected whether directly or indirectly. Last year, in Louisville, there were 112 homicides committed with guns, half of which happened in the summer alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Fatal Injury Reports, Indiana reported 818 gun-related deaths, including 259 homicides and 528 suicides. Unfortunately, these numbers are rising, and will continue to rise unless some sort of social change takes place.

For this project, works of art will serve as the foundation and common ground for a series of open community discussions that will provoke action. Ideally, “Bridge to Peace” hopes to partner with organizations and initiatives such as: The Department of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, One Love Louisville, Zones of Hope, University of Louisville, Indiana University, local law enforcement, and many more to facilitate open and free discussions that take a holistic approach to gun violence. These talks will cover topics such as: violence as a public health issue; how we can avoid being bystanders; healing through the arts; and mobilizing for change. The goal of “Bridge to Peace” is to bring ALL people from ALL communities together to work towards tangible and substantial change.

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