Art Against Violence 2016 Gallery Show Now Accepting Submissions

Calling all Baltimore City School students!

The University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center’s Violence Prevention Program is now accepting submissions for the Art Against Violence 2016 Gallery Show.

Students may submit visual art of any medium through April 1st. The theme is Art Against Violence, but any artwork inspired by this theme is acceptable.

The Gallery Show coincides with National Youth Violence Prevention Week, which runs April 4-8th. This week has been celebrated since 2001, and aims to raise awareness of and help reduce youth violence in communities everywhere.

A panel of judges will attend and present special awards. Winners across other categories will be decided by popular vote.

The 2016 gallery show will be held April 6th from 4-8pm, with an award ceremony at 6:30pm.

Medical School Teaching Facility Atrium, 685 W. Baltimore St.

Members of the Violence Prevention Program are able to pick up artwork or give a brief presentation to interested students. Please contact Erin Walton at or 410-328-6078 to schedule a pick-up or presentation.

Learn more about the show here:


Previous Winner

Violence Intervention Program Gives Man Hope

In this 10-minute video, viewers are introduced to Baltimore City resident Dwight Bolden, a participant in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP). The program, which was developed by Dr. Carnell Cooper in 1998, focuses on ending the cycle of violence that doctors and nurses in the Shock Trauma Center witness everyday.

Throughout the interview, Bolden discusses how he became involved in the VIP, including his first impressions of the program, how he grew to rely on the support and motivation he received from others in the group and how the program helped him turn his life around for the better. Thanks to the positive reinforcement Bolden received from the VIP, he is now on the road to continuing his education and looking forward to a brighter future with his family.