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NYAM is joining Saint Sabina, Newtown Action Alliance, and Organizations from Around the Country this Wednesday in Washington, DC -- Will You Join Us?

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For more information visit https://www.endgunviolencetogether.com/

Marquis Sewell & Elexsis Miller Share Their Experience Creating Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) on the Issue of Gun Violence

Marquis Sewell, 21 year-old photographer:

"Since joining NYAM I’ve been introduced to countless young artists who’ve created great works of art detailing and involving gun violence. For me, NYAM allows you access to a creative circle that focuses on the issues that I would love to make more aware to the public."

Elexsis Miller, 22 year-old visual artist: 

"In our last session of the Woke & Winning Workshops in 2018, I helped a group of DePaul students create artwork to be delivered to former Governor Bruce Rauner who had a record of vetoing gun reform policies in IL. I was incredibly moved by the image we created collectively for Gov. Rauner. We discovered through the creative process that we were all trying to say what it felt like to be ignored in the development of firearm laws. The empathy we all had the opportunity to experience that evening learning about our state representatives and creating art in response is the healing factor of NYAM. It’s how it breaks down barriers."

Liz Gomez Presents NYAM's Success Stories, B'Rael Ali Thunder Performs Poetry, and NYAM has a Featured Art Exhibit in April at Sanctuary Cafe at the University of Chicago

The National Youth Art Movement Sees Success with the passage of Senator Don Harmon's SB 337 

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The National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence as a member of the Illinois Gun Violence Prevention Coalition supported the bill by developing with Get Loud Now a digital campaign for political postcard activism to energize public support and encourage lawmakers to pass it into law. Members of NYAM also made calls to elected officials and city residents in phone banking efforts to further raise awareness and grow enthusiasm for the bill. As a law, SB 337 will hold gun dealers accountable for their business practices by requiring anyone who wants to sell a firearm to obtain a license. Additionally, oversight of gun dealers has broadened to the purview of the state police. Read more here.

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Opening Reception Nov. 3 from 6- 9 PM -- Click Here to RSVP: http://bit.ly/wokewinningexhibit

 

Other Exhibit Viewing Dates:

  • Saturday Nov. 3: (opening reception) 6 - 9 pm

  • Sunday, Nov. 4: Time: 12 - 3

  • Thursday, Nov. 8: Time: 3 - 6

  • Saturday, Nov. 10 Time: 3 - 6

  • Tuesday, Nov. 13 Time: 3 - 6

 

WEEK of ACTION Postcard Activism Campaign for Gun Trafficking and Gov. Rauner

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Join our WEEK of ACTION! Flood @GovRauner's mailbox with postcards designed by Illinois youth affected by gun violence and their mentors. 

 

Click link below to send a #DearGovRauner postcard urging him to sign the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act #SB337 https://gtldnw.co/ilgvp

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Artwork entitled "Pyrrhic Victory" by NYAM Teaching Artist -- Juan Pablo Ruiz

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You are INVITED to join the Woke & Winning Youth Action Summer Workshop Series. Learn from National and Local Political Activists and transform their knowledge into visual art projects for social justice. Click the Woke & Winning logo for more info on the workshop series. 

Register for Sunday, Aug 26 here: http://bit.ly/Aug26Wkshp

Register for Thursday, Aug 30 here: http://bit.ly/Aug30Wkshp

The National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence in collaboration with The Wasteshed, a creative reuse center in Humboldt Park, was awarded a generous grant from Safe & Peaceful Chicago to develop and deliver the Woke & Winning Youth Action Summer Workshop Series.

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NYAM Features: Cook County Chronicle & TrueStar

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The Politics of Gun Reform. Featured speaker Lauren Tucker, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Indivisible Chicago leads off NYAM and the WasteShed's first Woke & Winning event of the summer! (Click on picture above for the news article courtesy of the Cook County Chronicle)

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Gun Trafficking & Trauma: NYAM welcomed former ATF Agent, Mark Jones, and art therapist, Johanill Napoleon to discuss the complicated issue of the mental health of our police force and our communities.

(Click on picture above for the news article courtesy of True Star Magazine.)

GET LOUD NOW & NYAM: ALL ABOUT ACTIVISM

Chicago Startup “Get Loud Now” Combines Art and Technology to Empower Protest By Postcard. 

HOW IT WORKS:  With a few clicks on a phone, tablet, or laptop, Get Loud Now users take meaningful action on issues they care about by sending poignant physical postcards to elected representatives at any level of government. To populate a unique list of political representatives for each user, Get Loud Now technology matches users’ addresses with a database of local and national officials. Once a user selects a politician to contact, the address for delivery is automatically added to the postcard.

Chicago Startup “Get Loud Now” Combines Art and Technology to Empower Protest By Postcard. 

HOW IT WORKS:  With a few clicks on a phone, tablet, or laptop, Get Loud Now users take meaningful action on issues they care about by sending poignant physical postcards to elected representatives at any level of government. To populate a unique list of political representatives for each user, Get Loud Now technology matches users’ addresses with a database of local and national officials. Once a user selects a politician to contact, the address for delivery is automatically added to the postcard.

NYAM is now working with youth from Chicago and beyond to create postcard designs specifically for a Get Loud Now-powered postcard writing campaign supporting the NYAM mission.

 

“NYAM emerging artists are young people who are deeply moved by the issue of gun violence because of its pervasiveness in their city and in their lives,” says Janice Tisha Samuels, founder and director of the National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence. “They think deeply about the images they create because they are seeking to leave an indelible mark on the public consciousness in order to activate empathy for gun violence survivors whose lives are radically changed and to, ultimately, promote a commitment to encouraging a real political will for gun safety and gun responsibility.”

If you're between the ages of 12 and 25 and would like to join NYAM and/or contribute art to this campaign, take action and click on "We Will No Longer Be Bystanders."

MARCH FOR OUR LIVES Chicago and DC : National Youth Art Movement Contributes 4,000 Protest Posters by Youth Artist-Activists

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NYAM: Augmented Reality and the Nobel Peace Prize

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Animations: Check out how NYAM Billboard Art comes to LIFE!

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NEWS: NYAM Artists Represent Art + Thought Leadership at Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis

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