ARV 2015 will be hosted by:

Northeastern Illinois University

Student Union Building

5500 N St. Louis Ave

Chicago, IL 60625

Public Transportation from the Loop:

Take the Brown Line train to the Kimball stop. Transfer to the #82 Kimball bus and ride North to the Bryn Mawr stop. Walk two blocks west to the NEIU campus.

Click here to use RTA trip planner.


Take the Kennedy Expressway (90/94) North until you merge with the Edens Expressway (94). Continue North and exit on Peterson Ave. Go East on Peterson to Pulaski. Head South on Pulaski to Bryn Mawr. East on Bryn Mawr to the parking lot entrance.

Or take Lake Lake Shore Drive and exit at Foster Ave. Go West to Central Park and turn North into the Foster parking lot entrance.

The 3rd International Art in Response to Violence Conference will take place on October 18-19, 2012, and will offer presentations, workshops, and exhibitions that document the effects of violence, describe the use of art in healing, demonstrate recovery through the arts, and illustrate ways to work toward positive problem solving and peaceful solutions across cultural differences. Our programming provides participants with information and skills to become educated by and help to recover from difficult and painful life experiences caused by interpersonal violence, illness or natural disaster, community violence, and war.


Art exhibits – All day on Second floor of the Art Building - Oct 19-23

9:25-10:40am (Golden Eagles) Keynote Presentation Black Lives Matter, White Lies Madder: Can the Arts Help Us? Presenter: Jenny Hereth
The keynote presentation provides information and images about wrestling with the current onslaught of international and national violence and injustice and how the arts can bring us awareness and healing. Jennifer Hereth has taught for 37 years beginning at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago;University of Creation and Spirituality, Oakland, Ca, and is now a Professor of Art at College of DuPage.

Seed Bombs! Guerrilla Gardening with Seeds-- Workshop A (FA 206)

Join the guerrilla gardening movement through fun, non-violent political action. Make seed bombs with local activist-artists at this hands-on workshop. Maggie Puckett is co-founder with Melissa Potter of Seeds InService. Their paper activism initiative considers art, ecofeminism, and biodiversity as a means to arm communities affected by violence against nature.

Using Inside Me–Outside Me: Drawing Protocol to Assess Self-Perceptions and World-Views-
-- Workshop B (SU 214) This workshop will introduce participants to a projective drawing protocol that uses art-making to explore self-perceptions and world-views affected by trauma and abuse.

Elka–Elzbieta Kazmierczak, MFA PhD
is visual artist and researcher who has worked extensively with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Dr. Kazmierczak is a Research Affiliate at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Encouraging Creativity and Resilience through Group Art Therapy---Workshop C (FA 206)

This workshop will demonstrate, through experiential learning, an approach to group art therapy as developed by Sadie Dreikurs. The group will be experimenting with collage work to enhance a feeling of belonging and to deepen resilience.

Judy Sutherland, PhD, ATR-BC, LCPC,
distinguished service professor emerita, developed the M.A. in art therapy program at Adler University and was the Director of that program from 1993-2006.

Stories in Motion Through Dance and Movement
---Workshop D (FA 141) Explore and engage in a creative process filled with movement and writing, utilizing performance as a means to heal from trauma and engage in community building.

Lenora Lee
is founder of Lenora Lee Dance, which creates large-scale multimedia performance works integrating dance, original music, video, and text that connect various styles of movement and music to culture, history and human rights issues.

Finding Your Voice: Spoken Word and Poetry Workshop

This workshop B (SU 214) includes a performance by a Young Chicago Authors teaching artist and a writing exercise based upon an area of interest. A discussion will follow from the experiences of the participants during the activity.

Britteney Black Rose Kapri is a teaching artist, writer, performance poet and playwright fromChicago. Currently she is an alumna turned teaching artist of Young Chicago Authors. She is a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award recipient.

4:15-5:15 Peace Fire

5:40-6:55 (Golden Eagles)
Louder than a Bomb: Performance by Young Chicago Authors Artistic Apprenticeship Students Young Chicago Authors was born from educator and writer Bob Boone’s realization that few resources existed in Chicago for teens serious about creative writing. In 2000, visionaries including YCA’s Artistic Director Kevin Coval launched Louder Than a Bomb, now the country’s largest team poetry festival for young writers.

Britteney Black Rose Kapri and a local Young Chicago Authors Ensemble
will perform works of poetry that showcase each personal journey. The group is available for discussion of their work after the performance.