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 “The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see.”  - James Baldwin



The Beloved Exhibit is a small/medium-scale exhibit showcasing commissioned art that centers the stories, solutions and creativity of those who are directly impacted. Selected artists will highlight the 4 main themes of the Beloved Gun Violence Awareness Campaign outlined below: 


  • The Problem: Scale and impact of the epidemic of gun violence

  • The History: Identify and bring awareness to the Systemic Issues & Historical Reference Points that created the conditions for “survival mode” and increased community violence 

  • The Solutions: Framing gun Violence as a public health issue and elevating the Prescription that is Community Brilliance, Care & Innovation

  • The Beloved Community: Radical Dream/ Vision for the Beloved Community that is free of systemic racism and gun violence  


The final exhibit will consist of: 20-25 commissioned “ready to hang” pieces i.e. painting, collage, photography. Selected artists will be compensated for showing work and artwork can be made available for purchase for the duration of the exhibit. Artists retain all rights to their work.


  1. Make an IG or FB post with your submission (or a sneak peak!) and tag @belovedkingcounty by Thursday,October 20th, 2022. 

  2. Tell your story in your submission text or caption with the hashtags #Belovedkingcounty #BelovedCampaign #IamBeloved. 

  3. If selected for the final exhibit, you’ll hear back from our team in late April with details and next steps! 

  4. Exhibit will open on November 5th. 

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