Decommissioned Weapons to be Distributed to Artists

Decommissioned Weapons to be Distributed to Artists

Pillsbury United Communities continues to creatively address violence with Art is My Weapon initiative

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- January 25, 2017—Building off the 2016 momentum of the Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibit, and following the 2016 Minneapolis Gun Buyback, Pillsbury United Communities continues its gun-violence awareness efforts with Art Is My Weapon: Creatively addressing violence initiative

On Feb 4th 2017 Pillsbury United Communities will distribute the decommissioned weapons to local artists who will create artistic expressions about gun violence in our community. The completed artwork will be curated into a local exhibit to raise awareness and bridge conversations about gun violence with the goal of creating safer communities. 

Art is My Weapon: Decommissioned Weapon Distribution

Special Guest: Jonathan Ferrara,
 artist and curator of Guns in the Hands of Artists

 * Media is invited to attend *
Saturday, February 4, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm

Pillsbury United Communities- Oak Park Center
1701 Oak Park Ave. North - Minneapolis

“We're seeing a surge of violence in our community and it’s concerning to all of us,” says Chanda Smith Baker, President and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities. “With our partnerships in schools, our strong youth programs, our connections with artists, and collaborations with many other community organizations, the Art Is My Weapon initiative will be an ongoing effort to creatively address violence.”

This event is just one in a series of events focused on addressing gun violence. Artist and curator of Guns in the Hands of Artists, Jonathan Ferrara, has released of book about the project. Mr. Ferrara will be in Minneapolis for a public reading and book signing the day before the Weapons distribution.

Guns in the Hands of Artists- Book Signing
with author, Jonathan Ferrara

Friday, February 3, 2017

Moon Palace Books

3260 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis

More information about Art Is My Weapon can be found at

About Guns in the Hands of Artists
The Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibit was first mounted by artists Brian Borrello and Jonathan Ferrara in the mid 1990's to create a conversation about guns in our society by bringing the discussion into the realm of art; without the often partisan and polarized politics that surround the issue.  The exhibition is traveling the country and is produced and curated by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans. It has previously been presented In New Orleans, at The Aspen Institute, Washington University in St. Louis, Art Basel Miami Beach, and Washington D.C. .  The project is presented in conjunction with the Guns In The Hands of Artists Foundation that promotes community based activist art as a means of opening dialogue around guns, gun ideology and gun violence in contemporary American Society.

About Pillsbury United Communities

Pillsbury United Communities works with underestimated populations across Minneapolis to foster the resilience and self-sufficiency of individuals, families, and community as a whole. We design solutions that address a spectrum of intersecting needs—from education, to employment, to health—while continually investing in our own capacity to innovate and improve. We’re creating a new model for nonprofit organizations with our interconnected system of programs, community centers, and social enterprises connects with over 63,000 individuals each year. More information about Pillsbury United Communities is available at