BALTIMORE — Baltimore— The Reginald F. Lewis Museum hosts “Teen Summit: Stop the Violence” on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as a part of Free Fall Baltimore.
The forum will provide safe and artistic spaces for youth to process the adversity they have faced in their lives, brainstorm solutions to prevent and reduce gun violence, and become change agents. The event is a related program to the museum’s newest exhibit, Kin Killin’ Kin.
“We saw an important need to gather youth as we host the exhibit Kin Killin’ Kin. The images in KKK expresses the artist James Pate’s concern for the heartbreaking deaths of young people due to gun violence. As a museum based in Baltimore, we are in a community where youth are continuously experiencing trauma from losing their loved ones or peers early in life. The summit lets the problem-solving and healing process begin with the youth themselves,” said Dr. Roni Jolley, director of education at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
Youth, ages 12-19, will participate in workshops on conflict resolution, skill-building and creative nonviolent expression through music, writing, visual arts, and media. The keynote presentation is writer and political activist, Kevin Powell. Activities include a youth panel moderated by WEAA radio host Farajii Muhammad and a culminating spoken word and hip hop performance by Speak Life Tour that promotes peace and non-violence. Workshop presenters include the Griot’s Eye, Art With A Heart, Kariz Kids Youth Enrichment Services, Warriors Entertainment LLC and Baltimore Peace by Piece.
This event is free, however, online registration is required. To register or for more information, visit: www.lewismuseum.org.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture highlights the history and accomplishments of African Americans, with a special focus on Maryland. A Smithsonian affiliate, the museum engages visitors through its permanent and special exhibitions, resource center, as well as programs such as its film series, live music performances, and family programming. For more information about the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, call 443-263-1800 or visit: www.lewismuseum.org.