Art Display Hopes to Spur Conversation

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STOCKTON --

The exhibit at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds is called "Not One More" Art against violence.

Most of the pieces are done by either survivors or victims of violence.

Almost three decades ago, five children were killed during a shooting spree at Cleveland Elementary School.

At the time, Julie Schardt was a new teacher. One of her young students was killed in the school yard along with four other children.

"When I think about her I think about red shoes," Schardt said.

She created a piece of art to represent the little girl who never had the chance to grow up.

Now at this new exhibit in Stockton, the pain of the surviving students is on display for the first time.

There are several drawings created by the children days after the rampage.

With each word, each sketch, the trauma they went though is evident.

All these years later it still matters.

"Well unfortunately it may be even more relevant today because all of these mass shootings are continuing," said Exhibit Organizer Sharon Jarvis.

Jarvis hopes the exhibit highlights ways violence impacts everyone.

Most of the pieces were inspired by traumatic experiences.

"It is clear from a number of them that the people were victims of violence or have seen it," Jarvis said.

Just as violence can hurt, art can heal and spark thought.

"I hope that they will look at them and it will stimulate thought and it will stimulate conversation," said Jarvis.

The exhibit is free it will be open through March 31st.

A full schedule of events can be found HERE:

http://clevelandschoolremembers.org/draw-it-out/art-against-violence-2016