Young New Yorkers: art against violence 🤝

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Artwork by Shepard Fairey and 80 other artists to be auctioned

Text by Cristina Ochoa

Photos by Young New Yorkers

Translation by Briana Prieto F. in collaboration with Paula Villanueva

In his book Los muchachos perdidos (The Lost Boys), Humberto Padgett alludes to a generation devoted to violence, young people whose social condition drags them into delinquency. The testimonies are by adolescents in penitentiary sites in Mexico, however, the generalization of violence is a non-specific issue of a region. That is why, since 2012, the Young New Yorkers (YNY) project started giving an alternative to this generation: art.

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YNY is in charge of developing a series of artistic programs, activities and courses that are intended to eradicate violence. There is also legal advice and follow-up for its graduates, who maintain a relationship with the organization even after finishing the courses. At the end of each course, members have the opportunity to exhibit their work in an exhibition.

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In 2015, ALL CITY CANVAS participated with YNY together with Cauce Ciudadano, an organization focused on the development of young people with a sense of community, by opening spaces that allow them to develop those abilities.

YNY will put auction the work of more than 80 artists to subsidize each of the courses and events that will be held on May 10, 2017. The 5th edition of this auction will feature the works of African American artist Kara Walker, whose work focuses on violence, race and sexuality, renowned urban artist Shepard Fairey, and 80 other artists.

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American actor and activist Michael K. Williams will be honored as a special guest. He has commented that: “Our criminal justice system has swallowed too many people I love.”

In addition, the winners of the artwork will be given a piece by Shepard Fairey created for the January campaign “We the people,” a proposal of The Amplifier Foundation.

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To learn more about Young New Yorkers click here.

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