Archive 2008

Because of the overwhelmingly positive public response to our 2007 exhibit and the colleagueship achieved among the organizers and curators of Violence Transformed 2007, we decided to host a 2008 Statehouse exhibit, again in collaboration with community artists and curators from  the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the Teen Curators of the Cloud Foundation, Wheelock College’s Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy Program, the Boston Artists’ Foundation, student and faculty artists of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Victims of Violence Program of the Cambridge Health Alliance and the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance (MOVA). The exhibit  was again scheduled in concert with MOVA’s Annual Victim Rights Conference.
With MOVA’s support, Violence Transformed was awarded a 2008 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Grant that enabled us not only to curate and hang the new Statehouse Exhibit, but also to host another opening of live performances. Of special note were the interactive projects and temporary exhibitions our curators were able to set up in Great Hall and by the Grand Staircase, including: “Giants” by Susannah Lawrence, Paper crane making with Jessica Langela whose fantastical sculptural works astounded visitors to Doric Hall and the Wind–Song Project, orchestrated  by Barbara Hamm, Director of the Victims of Violence Program, who engaged community residents in the design of Tibetan peace flags that decorated the Grand Staircase of the Massachusetts State House.
And Expansion Begins!: 
In  2008 we were able to begin expanding Violence Transformed beyond the Statehouse by sponsoring exhibits in three new venues, namely: “Youth Transforming Violence: Ubuntu in the Works” at Wheelock College’s Towne Art Gallery; “The Artist’s Voice” at Roxbury Community College’s Media Arts Center, an exhibit co-curated by community artists and representatives of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Roxbury Community College; and “A Celebration of Art, Artists and Artmaking to Challenge and Mediate  Violence, Foster Healing and Imagine Alternatives”, our first Violence Transformed exhibit at Northeastern University’s Snell Library Lobby, courtesy of the Northeastern University Campus Center on Violence Against Women.


The Artist’s Voice

April 14-24, 2008


Youth Transforming Violence: Ubuntu in the Works

April 22-26, 2008


Violence Transformed State House Exhibit

April 28 – May 2, 2008


A Celebration of Art, Artists and Artmaking to Challenge and Mediate Violence, Foster Healing and Imagine Alternatives

September 8-21, 2008