The This Is Not a Gun Project began in 2016 when LA based artist Cara Levine encountered a list of objects that were “mistaken” as guns by police officers in shootings of unarmed, majority black people. Levine felt the need to carve each object from wood as an act of prayer, respect, and remembrance. It became apparent that this work could catalyze greater engagement in issues around racism and gun violence. Levine began teaming up with artists, activists, and mindfulness collaborators across the country, to host public events where these objects are formed in clay and safe and supported dialogue around race takes place.
Participants will shape mistaken-as-gun objects in clay, giving presence to their form, the human-rights violations, and racism prevalent in America today. The workshop is expected to cultivate conversations across race, ethnicity, age, and personal background. The workshop will uphold a nonjudgmental space for sharing amongst anyone who participates, and dialogue will be catalyzed from making and feeling. The artists are planning a beautiful exhibition of all the objects made all over the country and want our community to be a part of it!! The objects made in Eugene will travel to California to be a part of the project archive.
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