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9th International Art in Response to Violence Conference  
October 11-12, 2018
Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, Illinois

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October 11-12, 2018

Join us at Northeastern Illinois University on October 11-12 for the 9th Annual Art in Response to Violence Conference. Conference presenters will demonstrate and discuss diverse ways of using the arts to express, document, and heal the experiences of those who have been affected by violence. 

During this dynamic two-day conference there will be opportunities for participants to explore the conference theme through presentations including dance and writing workshops, as well as an art exhibit.  

The conference is offered at no cost to those with a valid NEIU ID. A registration fee of $30 is requested of those outside the University community.


Northeastern Illinois University Main Campus
5500 North St. Louis Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
Golden Eagles Room 


Conference Fees

General Conference fee: $50 or $30 per day
CDPUs or CEUs available for counseling professionals: +$20
Non-NEIU students: $15
Northeastern faculty, staff and students: Free with Northeastern ID

Please note: All registrations will be taken on site at the event.

Art Exhibits

Oct 8-19 in four areas: 1st and 2nd floors of the Salem Harju Fine Art Center, the Ronald Williams Library Gallery, and on the 2nd floor of the Student Union Gallery

Keynote Speakers

Thursday, October 11
Laura Kina
Keynote: A Transpacific Feminist Fairy Tale -- Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hajichi Tattoos
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Room: Alumni Hall North

Drawing from her own family history, Laura Kina will discuss her illustrated children’s book. A trilingual feminist fairy tale set in contemporary and territorial era Hawai’I and Rukyu Kingdom era Okinawa, her story illuminates the indigenous Okinawan tattoo tradition that pushes back against white and Japanese normative standards of beauty.

Friday, October 12
John Vergara

Keynote: From the Streets to the Gallery
9:30-10:50 a.m.
Room: Alumni Hall North

John Vergara will discuss his art work and public murals depicting everyday life on the streets of Chicago, with a splash of Puerto Rican influence.  He will also present and discuss his painting series, "The and Thi", which are based on eerie and sometimes dark characters that depict life’s struggles of abandonment, physical, and verbal abuse that John Vergara himself has overcome. 

John Vergara was born in 1973 in Chicago, Ill. (Humboldt Park area.) John is an accomplished self-taught artist and muralist. He is well known for his work in the Chicago area and around the country. He has worked on dozens of murals in the United States and has also worked with some of Chicago’s leading contemporary artists such as John Pitman Weber, Hector Duarte, and many more. He is also known for restoring some of the oldest and most prolific murals in the Midwest based here in Chicago. John is known for founding and creating the 79th municipal flag of Puerto Rico in Humboldt Park (Paso Boricua flag). He uses his talent to mentor at risk young through violence prevention.



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