Rhode Island School of Design Launches RISD Stands Against Gun Violence

In honor and remembrance of the victims of the rampant gun violence that plagues America, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) launched a multidisciplinary community response this month, marking the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre on April 20. Programming includes interactive art making at the RISD Museum, a large digital quilt display and a campus exhibition featuring work that responds to gun violence.

“Last November, after the 307th incident of gun violence in the US in 2018 alone, Vice President of Social Equity + Inclusion Matthew Shenoda and I called for RISD to respond in a unique way that would transcend simple statements of values and sympathy,” notes RISD President Rosanne Somerson. “Though we live in a time when violent acts and rhetoric incite fear and seek to diminish our common human experience, at RISD we are building on the potential of human experience. I am proud of the ways in which our community has come together to create a collective response to this critical social issue.”

One Gun Gone presented Running with Numbers
April 20, 1–4 pm
Contemporary Art Gallery, RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street, Providence

A public art project by Scott Lapham BFA 90 PH, One Gun Gone takes one gun off the street, makes art from that gun and then sells that art to fund a gun buyback sanctioned by law enforcement. In the process, One Gun Gone youth members from neighborhoods most affected by gun violence are exposed to people, places, organizations and careers they may not otherwise encounter in their day-to-day lives. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to help create two new pieces, Floor Peace and School Days. Videos created collaboratively by One Gun Gone youth members will also be on view. Visitors to the space will learn about actions they can support legislatively in Rhode Island to create safer neighborhoods for all of us. This program is presented in the Museum’s Repair and Design Futures exhibit and sponsored by RISD. Free with admission.

Digital Quilt Display
April 22–26, 7:30–10 pm
Exterior of RISD Auditorium in Market Square, 17 Canal Walk, Providence
Exterior of 20 Washington Place, Providence (along Steeple Street)
Digital screens in 20 Washington Place, the Met, Portfolio Café and the RISD Museum

Through April 26, a digital quilt compiled by Marie Otsuka MFA 18 GD and Carson Evans MFA 18 GD will be projected on the exterior walls of the RISD Auditorium and 20 Washington Place. The Quilt includes a collection of almost 30 submissions from faculty, staff, students and community members.

Gun Violence Exhibition
April 17–May 31
Lobby, 20 Washington Place

A selection of the entries created for the digital quilt that speak to different approaches artists have taken in creating work for the project have been installed in the lobby of 20 Washington Place.