Our Art of Nonviolence program offers a way for Taos County youth to channel their passion, anger, grief and confusion into art.
NVW 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.”
The Taos Center for the Arts exhibits the top 50 works selected by a jury, out of about 300 submissions. The exhibition takes place during the spring in the TCA Encore Gallery. Donors and volunteers provide the material and labor to mount and hang the work.
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 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.
Take a look at some of the 50 pieces of nonviolent art submitted for the 2013 Art of Nonviolence Exhibition, and you will see just how inventive and talented a troubled youth can be.
The 2018 Exhibition
Work has begun in 2017 for the 2018 Art of Nonviolence exhibition, which will take place in March and April, 2018.