Media Alert: Guns in the Hands of Artists

Guns in the Hands of Artists 

Pillsbury United Communities brings national exhibit to Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- APRIL 29, 2016—Pillsbury United Communities hosts the national Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibit in May and June. The Guns in the Hands of Artists exhibition was conceived by Jonathon Ferrara 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.

Every day, one Minnesotan dies and one is injured from a firearm. Firearms are the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury death in Minnesota. Nearly three-fourths of firearm-related deaths are suicides, however, rather than assaults or unintentional injuries on another person. *

* MN Dept. of Health 2010 report-

Using art as the language for dialogue.
Decommissioned guns taken off the streets were disseminated to artists to use as the raw materials in their art.  Painters, glass artists, sculptors, photographers, poets, and other artists used the decommissioned firearms to make works of art.  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.

“It’s a critical time to have this conversation in Minnesota. The prevalence of gun violence is increasing in Minnesota every day. Presenting this exhibit is not about pro-gun ownership, or anti-gun ownership. This is a non-partisan/bi-partisan issue,” states Chanda Smith Baker, President and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities. “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.”

Pillsbury United Communities is honored to host this exhibition in Minnesota as a way to continue the conversation about gun-violence in our communities. Sponsored by Greater Twin Cities United Way, Gary and Chris Cohen and Cindy Kent, the partners hope to bring to light the increasing gun-violence affecting our community and spark unbiased conversations and responsible solutions.

Guns in the Hands of Artists- Limited Exhibition

May 3-28, 2016

Pillsbury House + Theatre

Free and open to the public

Guns in the Hands of Artists- Full Exhibition

June 3-19, 2016

Public Functionary

Free and open to the public

Tues 3pm-7pm
Wed 12pm-4pm
Friday 3pm-7pm
Saturday 12pm-4pm

(Please contact Public Functionary in advance if you have any special needs for entry into the building, or seating. Public Functionary is pleased to make accommodations in advance so you can comfortably enjoy the exhibition.)

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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

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