"This is a site of hate that has been replaced
by love."

- Jeff Maldonado

Photograph by Lori Stralow Harris

Photograph by Lori Stralow Harris

 

Our Mission

 

To end violence among young
adults in Chicago.

We aim to accomplish our mission by creating a safe place to encourage and create art-based curriculum for underserved youth in Chicago.  Using various artistic methods we promote wellness in the kids of our communities, our programming focuses on peaceful conflict resolution that creates positive impacts.

Please help us advance our mission.  Contact us today to see how you can get involved. 

Photograph by Lori Stralow Harris

Photograph by Lori Stralow Harris

 

Our Story

Jeff Abbey Maldonado, Jr., known as J-Def by friends, was a passionate young man with a love of all things art. He was a hip-hop artist who dedicated his time to his craft and to others. An avid member of After School Matters, J-Def wanted nothing more than to succeed in life and be noticed as an artist. He was passionate for music and would showcase his artistic abilities through graffiti. J-Def was tragically shot a day after his nineteenth birthday in a case of mistaken identity. Though his life was cut short due to gang violence, his voice lives on through his parents and those who share a passion for the arts. J-Def Peace Project seeks to eliminate violence in Chicago's neighborhoods and create safe outlets for underserved youth through various artistic platforms.