Art Exhibit Brings Anti-Gang Message To Long Beach Saturday

Ryan ZumMallen (Long Beach News)

July 30, 2010

11:00am | An art exhibit will be held in downtown Long Beach this weekend with the intention of stopping gang violence and leading youth toward better life choices, when the Violence Prevention Art Exhibit is displayed on Saturday night from 4:00-9:30pm at Centro CHA headquarters at 727 Pine Avenue.

The event is free and will feature light refreshments and music from a DJ, but the star of the show is the artwork, portraying the dangers and ills of a violent lifestyle. The artists will be on hand to speak to parents and kids in attendance and provide advice on how to avoid gang life. And they should know. All five artists are former gang members.

They call themselves the Messengers of Peace, and together, the five artists have over 100 years of combined experience of gang intervention and counseling. Long removed from their lives of crime, the Messengers of Peace now host this traveling art show and speak to attendees about leading a positive life.

“We’re so dedicated to what we do, we wanted to get our message out in other ways,” said Danny Flores, one of the artists. “We thought, let’s get it on canvas and take it on the road.”

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