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October 19, 2017, Thursday - ART IS MY WEAPON opens at Gamut Gallery

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Time: 7pm - 9pm 

Location: Gamut Gallery, 717 South 10th Street

ART IS MY WEAPON
Featuring Spoken Word Artist:  Chadwick "Niles" Phillips of Avant Garde / 8pm

Pillsbury United Communities presents the local exhibit, Art is My Weapon at Gamut Gallery. Following the momentum of the national exhibit, Guns in the Hands of Artists that conceived of by artist Brian Borrello in the mid 1990's to create a conversation about guns in our society by bringing the discussion into the realm of art. In August of 2016, Pillsbury United Communities - in collaboration with the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department - conducted a gun buyback to remove guns from the street with no questions asked. We collected up to 250 guns that were decommissioned and disseminated to locally recognized artists to use as raw materials in their art.

Painters, glass artists, sculptors, photographers, poets, and other artists used the decommissioned firearms to make works of art that address the issue of guns and gun violence in America. Each artist used the guns in their medium to express a thought, make a statement, open a discussion and stimulate thinking about guns in our culture. Art is My Weapon features Betsy Alwin, Heather Doyle (Chicago Fire Arts Center), Allen D. Christen, George Roberts, Rachel Joseph, Bill Jeter (Youth Project), Nikayla Neal, Jeon Neal, Omarion Neal, Margie Rotondo, John Schuerman, Melodee Strong, Sean G. Phillips, David Goldes, Maria Cristina Tavera, Nikki McComb, Kenneth Caldwell, Ashley Fairbanks, Mike Klein, David Ekdahl, Julie Landsman, Marnette Doyle, Jason Ramey, Donny Gettinger, and Christopher Alday. “Art is My Weapon” is curated locally by Nikki McComb of Pillsbury United Communities and John Schuerman of Instinct Gallery.  

At Pillsbury United Communities we believe that art is a great medium with which to spark conversations about difficult and sometimes divisive topics. Our goal is to create safe places for respectful conversations about gun violence in our community and to work together to responsible solutions to reduce gun-violence.”

FINALE NIGHT
Friday October 27, 2017, 7pm - 9pm
Panel Discussion & Artists Talk 8pm

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