August 24 – September 11, 2020

The Great Room Gallery | Gallery Hours: Make a Reservation
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven


During the New Haven Pride Center’s Week of Action in June, we kicked off with a social media campaign #ArtAgainstViolence to draw attention to the violence that our community experiences. As we explored the topic more during the week, we immediately knew that we needed to make this project bigger and put it onto the walls as an exhibition.

In this exhibition we ask the questions : How do we, through art, respond to violence? How can we use art to heal ourselves and our communities? This multi-artists showcase features artists from across the LGBTQQIP2sAA community of many different sexual orientations, genders, gender identities and expressions who showcase their experiences of violence through the art that they create.

This program is co-curated by Miranda Rector and Patrick J Dunn and is part of the Center’s Women’s Programming. To contact our Women’s Program Officer Miranda Rector, click here.


The New Haven Pride Center seeks queer art submissions for our #ArtAgainstViolence exhibition. Artists are encouraged to submit multiple art pieces for this exhibit. Click here to submit!



Workshop : Visualizing a Better Future | Friday, August 14, 3:00 – 4:00p – register here

Workshop : Writing Your Truth | Sunday, August 16, 2:00 – 3:00p – register here

Opening Virtual Tour | Monday, August 24 @ 4:00p – facebook, twitter & instagram live

Artist Talk : Creating a Difference | Friday, August 28 – facebook & YouTube live



Pride Center Pushes Writers Toward Their Truths by Rachel Ababio (Arts Paper)


About the Artists


Marc-Anthony (he/him, she/her, they/them) is a traditional and digital artist. Art is their passion, and art is their way of escaping the craziness in the world – but also art can be a way of embracing it. They have a voice and they want to use it in order to provide awareness enlightenment to those around me about issues that the news doesn’t really cover so they really hope you enjoy their work and understand the message that is being conveyed.

Jewel Booker

Jewel (she/her) is a rising senior at New Haven Academy. For her Black is Beautiful piece, she created it the day there was a protest for the Black Lives Matter protest in my town. She could not go out to the protest so she sat in the house and created a piece that explained how she felt about the matter. She think black is beautiful, it doesn’t matter who it is. She wanted it to show how much you could understand a person before you even get to speak to them. Which is why her eyes are covered with the message she wants to display.

As for her tree, it was a final for her literature class. The project was based of social identities so she took the idea of all her identities and put it into a tree, with the roots being where she learned things about her identities and the leaves being her understanding and blossoming of everything she learned. There’s also leaves of things she wants people to understand about being a mixed person and answering their usual questions, before they get to ask.


Max Cisneros

Max (he/him, el) came to create art originally as a therapeutic outlet. An avid news junkie Max would pour over New York Times, Newsweek, Times magazines, and other more local press publications. Overtime he looked for ways to process learning about these wonderful and terrifying events through the chaotic images. Eventually, he started to create collages that both acknowledge the surrealness of society’s current events while also creating a space to heal the trauma caused by their impact

Chris Chew

Bio coming soon.

Siobhan Ekeh

Siobhan (she/her) is a rising senior at Jonathan Law High School and the Educational Center for the Arts. She has recently become involved in a political campaign and several public art projects, using visual art to bring light to important issues such as police brutality, indigenous issues, and racial injustice. Siobhan plans to go to art school and continue to use art to fight for racial justice.

Jaii Marc Renee

Through his art, Jaii Marc Renee (he/him) channels the difficult symptoms of bipolar depression, putting his heart on the canvas and letting his art function as a form of catharsis. His art explores Black identity, queer identity, and the intersections thereof.

Charlotte Van Voorhis

Charlotte (she/her) is thrilled to be a part of her first art show (ever!) with the New Haven Pride Center. She has been interning for the Pride Center with Director of Case Management & Support Services, Juancarlos Soto, since May 2020. After graduating from Yale University in the spring, Charlotte moved to Bozeman, Montana to work as a nanny.

This work was inspired by something a friend said to me a few years ago when I was struggling with my sexuality and mental health. If held up to the light, the sentence “You don’t need to explain yourself to me” appears behind the person’s face. When my friend said this to me, I felt like I could just be myself without worrying about defining who exactly I was to her or anyone else. By painting this person in the colors of the bi pride flag, I practice understanding my own queerness as legitimate and celebratory, the water I swim in, and not something that can be separated, turned on or off. While the painting portrays only one person, the words behind the painting invoke, for me, the love and warmth of my friend and support system who inspired this piece of #ArtAgainstViolence.

Tia Lynn “Bubblicious” Waters

Tia Lynn “Bubblicious” Waters (she/her) has been performing for over 30 years – taking on stages in Connecticut, New York, and Europe. Bubblicious, or Bubbles as her friends call her, was one of the founding queens of the New Haven drag scene and has performed in every LGBTQ+ venue throughout New Haven. As an visual artist Tia’s art tells stories.

As an out and proud black transgender woman, Bubbles dedicates time and energy to bring awareness, support, and visibility to black and brown trans folk through performance and activism.

Marina Yoshimura

Violence exists, whether out in the open or behind closed doors. If ignored, the cycle of violence often continues generation after generation. Violence cuts short many lives and wounds others for a lifetime. And while violence is universal, it can also be deeply personal. Whatever the context, violence needs to end.

How do we fight against violence? Through love. Love is contagious. We can heal wounds and broken hearts and give ourselves and others the love we deserve. The message behind this artwork is that while hatred may come our way, we can respond with love and pick up the broken pieces to find peace within us. #ArtAgainstViolence

About our Partners

BH Care : The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services

The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services (UCDVS) is here to support the community. UCDVS seeks to create an environment that supports individual safety and breaks the cycle of violence. All services are confidential and free of charge; and are offered in English and Spanish. You deserve to feel safe and respected in your relationships. If you or someone you know is experiencing an unhealthy or abusive relationship, please reach out to Safe Connect at 203-789-8104 (available 24/7).

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) is the state’s leading voice for victims of domestic violence and those organizations that serve them. CCADV is a membership organization of Connecticut’s 18 domestic violence service agencies that provide critical support to victims including counseling, support groups, emergency shelter, court advocacy, safety planning, and lethality assessment, among other services.

Nasty Women Connecticut

Nasty Women Connecticut is a platform for organization and resistance. We aim to remove elitism from our local art scene and empower all members of our community to participate in making and experiencing art. In so doing, we use art a vehicle of communication to unite all communities in our local area and we demonstrate solidarity in the face of threats imposed upon so many of our own neighbors by the current administration. All proceeds from Nasty Women Connecticut events benefit for our programs, workshops and initiatives.