From the Facebook event page:
Over 60 Edmonton-area youth, 12 to 24 years old, have created works of art addressing issues for National Victims Awareness Week. Touching on topics from domestic violence, poverty, to peer pressure, the works will be displayed during a free exhibition running April 19-20, 2010 at Latitude 53 Gallery, 10248-106 Street in Edmonton.
An opening reception, from 5 to 7 p.m., will open the show on Monday, April 19.
All members of the public and media are encouraged to attend.
“It’s important to provide venues and outlets for anyone, especially young people, to express themselves,” says Amy Fung, Project Manager for this year’s exhibition. “Everyone needs to feel they can be heard on matters that affect them. The basic premise of how we treat each other is something we can all take a bit more time to think about.”
“ERJN is undertaking the youth multimedia art show because of a prevailing public view that sees youth primarily as offenders rather than victims,” says Harvey Voogd, ERJN Chair. “We want to recognize youth as victims of crime and involve them in telling their own stories.”
Submissions this year include artists from a cross section of Edmonton’s Public and Catholic Junior and Senior High Schools, The Old Strathcona Youth Society, Edmonton Police Services in partnership with community partners, iHuman, and many more.
The first youth multimedia art show, “What’s it like to be a victim,” was held April 2009. It featured 33 artists in drawing, music, painting, sculpture, and filmmaking.
The event is organized by the Edmonton Restorative Justice (ERJN) and is part of a series of events being held during National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, which is April 19-24, 2010.
The Edmonton Restorative Justice Network is made up of organizations that are committed to a restorative justice approach in how our community deals with crime and conflict.
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