|Aces In Motion
||Through My Eyes (TME)
||The Through My Eyes project is a summer program for Aces In Motion students. They will create an artwork to help them deal with and recover from gun violence in their community. Through My Eyes will be a song made by AIM students. It will show how young people in Gainesville see the problem of gun violence in their community. AIM has its own music studio, so it makes sense for the students to create a song for this project.
|Acrosstown Repertory Theatre
||Gator Actors Guild (GAG)
||The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre will bring theater to communities that don't have much access to the arts. They plan to create a traveling youth theater troupe called the Gator Actors Guild. Students in the Gator Actors Guild will perform plays written by a local playwright. These plays will be about Florida's beautiful nature, history, and stories. The guild will visit underserved communities and perform for free at local venues.
|Against All Odds Movement
||PEACE UP, GUNS DOWN: A Youth Healing and Arts Empowerment Community Jam for Gun Violence Awareness
||Peace Up, Guns Down is an event that aims to bring people together and promote peace and unity. It includes a town hall meeting for young people, a community field day, and a fair where we offer resources. This event is open to people of all ages and aims to unite the community through art and culture. It provides a safe space for youth and families affected by gun violence to gather. To educate, promote well-being, heal racial divisions and advocate for social justice.
|Bailey Learning Arts and Collective
||Writing to Heal: Our Stories of Survival
||Writing to Heal is a workshop where people can write to find comfort and healing. It takes place at Santa Fe College CIED. The workshop is for women aged 18-24. They can share their stories of triumph and learn techniques that help them heal. The goal is to create a safe space for them to express themselves and support their healing journey.
|Emoji Therapy Center, LLC
||Emoji Youth Mindfulness Workshop
||The Emoji Youth Mindfulness Workshop is an event for young people to learn about gun violence and reflect on it using arts. The workshop aims to increase mindfulness among youth in these areas. The workshop begins with music, movement, and meditation. Participants will engage in guided breathing exercises and movement led by the facilitator. The facilitator will also explain how these exercises relate to mindfulness. The workshop includes three breakout sessions on different topics:
- Peer pressure and drug influences on teens
- Decision-making and gun violence
- Anti-bullying and positive self-esteem
|HYPE 100 Radio Station
||Bang With Your Beats, Not With Your Heat
||Bang With Your Beats, Not With Your Heat is a group of events to promote community healing and well-being. The events will focus on leadership training, artist development, early intervention and mentoring. There will also be career development through hands-on multimedia training for youth.
|La Selva Studios, LLC
||Banners Over Bullets: Elevating Community Voices through Visual Arts & Media
||La Selva Art Studios is hosting an event to design fabric banners and host a youth dialogue. The banners and discussion will address gun violence in Gainesville. Participants can display their handmade banners at homes, schools, churches or during marches. A therapist will lead the discussion. This will allow youth to talk about their views and experiences related to gun violence.
| M.A.M.As Club
||Arise! Stop the Bullying, Stop Gun Violence and Domestic Violence in Porters Quarters
||M.A.M.As Club is hosting three events to address bullying and self-esteem among middle school youth. These events will serve students in Porters Quarters, a historically Black neighborhood. Each event will feature music, dance and other performances. There will also be a journaling aspect of the event.
|The Repurpose Project
||The Expression Project
||The Repurpose Project Community Center is hosting a 12-week summer workshop. This workshop will serve children and their families, mentors or guardians. Each workshop will focus on a different project. Some of these projects include mural painting, mosaics, jewelry fabrication or creating music. These projects aim to foster inspiration and creativity. Participants will also have a chance to discuss their feelings about gun violence. These conversations will happen alongside the art projects. Art serves as a way to process emotions in whatever way the creator finds beneficial to them.
|Deeproots Arts & Culture Creative Services LLC
||Community Experience Mural project Greater Duval
||The Community Experience Mural Project aims to create a mural at the Clarence R. Kelly Center. This mural will be representative of the experiences of those in the area. Youth and adult participants ages 18-85 are welcome to be a part of the process. This multi-generational collaboration will help foster ownership of this public space. This mural aims to have a positive impact on the nearby community.
|Dream on Purpose, Inc.
||Cupcakes & Conversations: S.O.S. (Saving our Selves) from Gun Violence
||Cupcakes and Conversations is a two-session program including discussions, painting and skill-building. The program will empower young women to become agents of change. They will learn leadership skills, coping mechanisms and showing empathy for their peers. Change agents aim to help reduce youth gun violence in their community.
||Production Ain’t Easy Workshops
||The Production Ain't Easy workshop empowers and mentors young individuals. They learn photography and film production as a way to express themselves. The two-part series comprises of a workshop and a digital showcase of their work.
|The Education Equalizer Foundation
||Education Equalizer Oratorical Competition
||The Education Equalizer Foundation helps middle and high school students graduate. It also helps them and their families understand the college admissions process. The foundation organizes an oratorical competition for ages 14 to 24. The topic is how attending college can help prevent gun violence in the community.
||Educate not Incarcerate
||Educate not Incarcerate is hosting an eight-week psycho-educational group for youth. This group aims to assist those affected by the criminal justice system. The group will end with the creation of a community mural and project. Participants will meet weekly for group education and then work on the mural for two weeks. They will have the freedom to choose the theme and location of the project. They will be collaborating with each other, the community and the environment.
|Pace Center for Girls, Alachua
||Aiming for Peace
||The Pace Center for Girls will showcase student creative art projects and spoken-word poetry. The themes will revolve around union, peace, love and family. The event will also address the urgent issue of youth gun violence. The showcase aims to raise awareness about the challenges faced by girls. It also aims to unite the community in a shared cause for their futures.
|The Henry & Rilla White Youth Foundation
||Color My World
||Color My World is an art event for youth re-entering their community from the juvenile justice system. The program will guide youth in proposal making, budgeting and planning. They will be participating an art or cultural event of their choosing.
|Smooth Flava Dance GNV
Everybody in a Jam!
|The Everybody in a Jam! program introduces youth to the urban dance community. This provides both immediate creativity and lifelong satisfaction. Through a 3-day line dance workshop, Everybody in a Jam! will address gun violence and educate youth about the legal consequences of juvenile firearm use.
|Greater Duval Neighborhood Association
||Out East Youth Chat and Chew Healing from the Hood
||The Greater Duval Neighborhood Association will bring together youth aged 14 to 24. They will share their experiences about gun violence in a videotaped storytelling event. This will be a "Story Circle" where they will share personal stories related to a common theme. The association will present the event as a lunch and learn session. The GDSA will share the stories on YouTube.
|Figure On Diversity
||The UF Health Youth Gender Clinic and Gainesville Fine Arts Association (GFAA) are partnering to offer a free 3-day workshop. The workshop is open to 20 trans and gender-expansive students aged 14-21. Students will learn the art of figure drawing during the workshop. For two days, they will draw clothed life models who identify as trans or gender-expansive. On the third day, students will create self-portraits. After the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their final projects in a month-long exhibition of self-portraiture at GFAA. The exhibition will also feature work from professional artists.
|Wake Up & Dream, Incorporated
||Wake Up & Dream Summer Awareness Program
||This program engages males aged 13-18 in Alachua County through learning experiences. Photos, images and music will help them understand cultural and social dynamics. The program will raise awareness about gun violence and mental health. This program promotes positivity and better-decision making skills. It aims to reduce the likelihood of involvement in gun violence.