Camille Williams, KARE
MINNEAPOLIS - A new art exhibit featuring guns will soon be on display in the Twin Cities.
The artist, Jonathan Ferrera, started "GUNS IN THE HANDS OF ARTISTS" in New Orleans, through support from the city’s mayor and police chief. Through a gun buyback program, artists received decommissioned guns and used them to memorialize gun violence victims.
Pillsbury United Communities, a local non profit, reached out to Ferrera to bring the exhibit to Minneapolis. The goal is to spark conversations about gun violence.
“The role of the artist and the role of the art in this project, is to hold a mirror up to society whether that be in New Orleans, Minneapolis or across the country and ask,'What is happening with guns in America?'” said Ferrera.
"We're seeing a surge of violence in our community and it should be concerning to all of us," said Chanda Baker, CEO, Pillsbury United Communities. "The issue for me is not whether or not you're a gun owner or not that's not the issue be a gun owner but just be safe with it."
The exhibit will be free and open to the public at Pillsbury House Theater from May 2 - 28. It will also be at Public Functionary Gallery from June 3 - 19.