FEATURED PARTER: NATIONAL YOUTH ART MOVEMENT AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE
We're excited to announce our partnership with the National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence (NYAM). NYAM’s mission is to foster artistic talent in youth who have been directly impacted by gun violence, giving voice to their experience through artistic expression.
The first campaign with NYAM will launch soon. We plan to work together on multiple campaigns in 2018.
Partnering with the National Youth Art Movement Against Gun Violence is a natural extension of our mission. The opportunity to champion art created by young people from our city who’ve been touched by gun violence is extremely important to us, and is a meaningful way to mobilize Chicagoans and beyond to put pressure on their elected officials.
NYAM participated in the 2018 Chicago March for Our Lives event, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis, and in its pilot year, NYAM commissioned youth in the city of Chicago to create and share their stories in the form of 16 interactive artworks placed on commercial billboards across the city. NYAM is now working with Chicago youth 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.”