LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Alkeshia Boone sadly knows the pain of losing someone she loves. Her nephew, Aaron Christopher Williams, was shot and killed in 2016. Williams was 26 and her family say the case went cold.
Boone is one of the artists featured in an exhibit at the Speed Art Museum titled The promise. The exhibition features the work of people who have been affected by gun violence in one way or another.
For his work, Boone interviewed his family about their loss and is now sharing their story with the world. The video presenting these interviews plays on a loop in the exhibition.
“I just wanted my family’s voice to be heard and their voice to come through their child that they lost,” Boone said. “My nephew, he was special, he was special to us, he continues to be special to us and, you know, we want his name to live on and we always seek justice for my nephew Aaron Williams.”
On Sunday, the museum held a community day with a resource fair featuring educational and health opportunities, yoga, and counsellors. The day ended with a panel discussion featuring some of the artists, including Roberto Visani, who is based in New York.
“I think it really benefits the public, in terms of appreciating art and understanding that it’s not just something hanging on the wall that’s done by a genius or a master artist, but it’s something something that is done by ordinary people,” Visani said. .
Visani exhibits three sculptors who represent firearms and their connection to violence in black communities.
Mahogany Mayfield, community outreach coordinator for the Speed Art Museum, says she hopes this exhibit gives families a chance to tell the truth about those they’ve lost and gives perspective to those in attendance.
“As we hear about and experience in our community, I want people to be intentional in the process of those stories to be brave enough to challenge those stories, to be compassionate,” Mayfield said.
If you are interested in attending the exhibition, you still have plenty of time to do so. The pledge will be on display until October 23.