Art for a Cause: Scholar’s Painting Showcased in Local Event

April 7, 2017



Madeline Peterson’s piece “Hands of Love” focuses on the LGBTQ+ community and will be on display in an exhibit at the African American Performing Arts Center at an event hosted by the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico.

By: Ashana Gonzalez

“An artistic interpretation of sexual violence impact and prevention.”

The Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico (RCCCNM) is showcasing art from youths (ages 10-20) across the state in the “Young Voices New Mexico: Rise! React! Respond! art contest.” The RCCCNM invited New Mexico youth to showcase art that was inspired by consent, the LGBTQ+ community, rape culture, sexual harassment, and “in honor of” pieces. ASK sophomore Madeline Peterson’s piece, “Hands of Love” was accepted into the show. “I wanted to participate because I enjoy art, and wanted to make something that would not only be colorful and creative but make something that has to mean to it.” Peterson’s piece showcased the many different flags of the LGBTQ+ community. Putting her own spin on it the flags, are hand prints from not only people in the community but her close friends.  

“I would love to participate again and do encourage other ASK scholars to participate and showcase their creativity. Not only by painting or drawing but in all art forms.”

Art is coming from across the state, they are all being showcased at the African American Performing Arts Center (310 San Pedro Drive Northeast) on Saturday, April 8th from 5:30 pm to 8 pm (entry is free and light food and refreshment will be provided).  

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