Thursday, January 7, 2016

Art @ the Y presents the "Unforgotten: Humanizing the Tragic Consequences of Gun Violence"

Press Release/PSA
For Immediate Release
January 7, 2016

For media inquiries, contact: 
Megan Flowers, University YMCA Communications Director

Art @ the Y presents the “Unforgotten: 
Humanizing the Tragic Consequences of Gun Violence"

On view in Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA
from January 28, 2016 through February 2016

Art @ the Y is pleased to present the Unforgotten–Humanizing the Tragic Consequences of Gun Violence at Murphy Gallery of the University YMCA from January 28, 2016 through February 2016. Curated by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, the Unforgotten remembers all gun violence victims by focusing on the stories of eight people who lost their lives. The jarring installation features life-like statues created by working closely with each of the victims’ families. Dressed in the victims’ personal clothing, they represent the image and absence of their fallen loved ones.

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Art @ the Y will host the exhibition opening of the Unforgotten on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Murphy Gallery. Viewing will begin at 5:00pm followed by a gallery talk with Colleen Daley, Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence at 5:30pm. Attendees will learn about opportunities to help keep guns out of the wrong hands, and help keep the lives of those lost Unforgotten. Light refreshments will be served. All Art @ the Y events are free and open to the public.

The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) is making a plea to end gun violence with this innovative and powerful public awareness campaign titled the Unforgotten. The campaign includes a traveling art installation that memorializes the lives of victims of gun violence, shares their personal stories, and offers solutions to help end to gun violence. The statues and campaign website are intended to raise awareness of the problem of gun violence across Illinois and the gaps in gun laws that enable deadly firearms to be easily obtained. Foote, Cone & Belding (FCB) is ICHV’s creative partner in the creation of this powerful exhibit.

After the exhibition opening of the Unforgotten, the University YMCA invites the public to learn more about communities taking a stand. On Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:00pm, Tamar Manasseh, Chicago activist and founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killings (M.A.S.K.), will give a talk at the University YMCA about the work of M.A.S.K. in preventing gun violence in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago and in changing the dialogue about gun violence on a national level. This is event is free and open to the public.

About The Illinois Council against Handgun Violence: ICHV is the oldest and largest statewide organization in the U.S. working to prevent the devastation caused by firearms. Founded in 1975 by four suburban Chicago women concerned about the tragic consequences of handgun proliferation and availability, ICHV works on a variety of fronts to educate, raise public awareness, and build coalitions to enact change in laws and behavior. For 41 years, ICHV has been a leader among state gun violence prevention groups.

About Art @ the Y: Some of the most profound insight, critique, and creative thinking around the issues which comprise the mission of the Y happen in and around the arts. Art @ the Y is an initiative of the University YMCA that seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality public arts programming. Art @ the Y includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Gallery, featuring artists whose work speaks to the mission of the Y and performing arts events throughout the year.

Murphy Gallery:
Hours: Mondays-Thursdays from 9am to 9pm
Fridays from 9am to 5pm
Location: 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL 61820
Admission: Free and open to the public
Bus Lines: Yellow, Navy, Blue, Silver, Brown, Illini
Nearby Bus Stops: Transit Plaza, Wright & Chalmers, Armory & Wright


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