The NYC arts community has reacted to the gun violence problem by using its creative talents to produce compelling messages against gun violence and displaying them to the public.

KOBE posterKODE Artist Collective. KODE is a new NYC based creative collective team formed by a group of designers from various creative fields who aspire to inspire. The group strives “to create contents that educate, inform, and inspire society through creativity and aim to provide effective means for social communication through various forms of art and design.”

KODE chose the issue of gun violence for its very first exhibit and donated the proceeds from the silent auction to NYAGV. The unique poster art KODE created can be seen here. 

Gun Control Plays. On May 31, NYAGV member Adina Taubman produced a powerful staged reading of 24 GUN CONTROL PLAYS at The Riverside Church in Manhattan. The reading was followed by an inspiring discussion about how we can take action now to get Congress to pass sensible gun laws and what we can do in New York. The speakers were Leah Gunn Barrett from NYAGV and Marie Delus and Kim Russell from Moms Demand Action for Sensible Gun Laws in America.

Gun Control PlaysTaubman will be producing a festival of plays about gun violence and gun control with her theater company, Chrysalis, in December, close to the one-year anniversary of the Newtown massacre. There will be panel discussions, and Taubman will be performing her solo show about Columbine, “A Line in the Sand,” based on interviews she conducted in Littleton, Colorado. Learn more about “A Line in the Sand” here. You can watch the 5-minute promo video here.

Girl Be Heard. NYAGV was invited to speak to the young women of the unique performance company, Girl Be Heard, about the issue of gun violence earlier this year. The group’s current production, “9MM America,” explores America’s culture of violence as it affects 10 young women. Check the show’s schedule and try to catch the show–the last show is June 18 at 3:30 pm. For tickets visit: http://planetconnections.org/9mm-america.

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