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Forum focuses on role of art in reducing urban violence

March 25, 2011

Using art to reduce urban violence will be the topic of a forum at Loyola University New Orleans, “Art, Community and Nonviolence,” on Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall. Artwork from “An Artist’s Rage,” an exhibit by Colombian-New Orleanian artist Gustavo Duque, will be on display at the event to facilitate conversation. Admission is free and open to the public.

Duque’s art focuses on crimes against humanity. This interactive forum explores the role of art as a means to reduce violence and will highlight social transformation through the arts and urban development in Medellin, Colombia.

Panelists for the discussion include Duque; Alvaro Alcazar, Ph.D., director of urban partners at Loyola’s Twomey Center for Peace and Justice; Patricia Chandler, art curator, Virlane Foundation; and George Gattoni, architect and urban developer. John Estrada, M.D., chair of the Forum For Equality Foundation, will serve as moderator.

The event is sponsored by Loyola’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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