“Cleveland’s revolutionary youth voice program that uses photography and hip-hop performance to Fight The Power.”
Shooting Without Bullets emerges in response to police violence against youth across the country, especially in Cleveland.
While navigating the complex issues of systematic racism, police violence, and discrimination is difficult for everyone, this is exceedingly true for youth, who often do not have the historical knowledge, coping skills, or benefits of being able to have open, honest dialogue.
Shooting Without Bullets is an arts-based program that assists black and brown teens to process complex social problems experienced by them, including racial injustice and police encounters and provides a radical expressive platform for them to inform and impact juvenile justice related reform.
In pursuance of centralizing the voices of young people in reform processes, Shooting Without Bullets hosts pop-up art exhibitions that highlight the experiences of teens that are silenced in public decision-making processes and gives them a fair chance to speak for themselves through artistic expression.
Shooting Without Bullets is the brain-child of artist activist and youth advocate, Amanda King.
Amanda King (b. 1989 in Pittsburgh, PA) is the Founder + Creative Director of Shooting Without Bullets. She serves as the youth advocate on the Cleveland Community Police Commission. Amanda received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in Art History (2011) and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law (2017). Her activism has been recognized by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law as a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for following in character and conduct the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Diane Ethics award for demonstrating in academic, professional and extracurricular activities the best understanding of the ethics and ideals of the profession and the Dean’s Award For Community Service for her commitment to enriching the lives of others in the Greater Cleveland Area and serving as an example to those within and outside the legal profession.
She is a visual artist who uses her talents to create diverse ways to convey important social justice issues to the community. Prior to attending law school, Amanda worked as a fashion editorial assistant in New York City. Amanda's work has been published by F.Y! and Vibe.
She runs the program together with Shemariah Arki, MEd and Makela Hayford.
For media inquiries, bookings, prints or collaboration please email Amanda, firstname.lastname@example.org