City hosting gun buyback in partnership with Pillsbury United Communities

The City of Minneapolis is partnering with Pillsbury United Communities on a gun buyback at two Minneapolis fire stations Saturday, Aug. 27—an initiative that will decommission the weapons for a community-wide art project examining the impact of gun violence.

 

People can drop off guns anonymously at Fire Station 14, 2002 Lowry Ave. N., and Station 17, 330 E. 38th St., from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. They will receive $25 to $300 Visa gift cards depending on the type and condition of firearm.

 

The decommissioned guns, which will no longer be operable, will be given to local artists for a new campaign called “Art is My Weapon: a Minnesota Installation of Guns in the Hands of Artists.” A call for artists will be posted at www.ArtIsMyWeapon.org. The project will build on the work of the national exhibit, “Guns in the Hands of Artists,” recently showcased at Pillsbury United Communities.

 

Pillsbury United Communities, which works with people throughout Minneapolis to build resilience and self-sufficiency, is accepting donations for the buyback program at www.puc-mn.org/art-my-weapon

 

Published Aug 23, 2016