Teaming up with the Forward Union Fair 2017 to host a This Is Not A Gun event in Manhattan December 3, 12-3 pm.  COME!

This Is Not A Gun

A participatory ceramic workshop during Forward Union Fair

Sunday, December 3, 2017


714 Broadway, Manhattan, NY

Free and open to the public.

A sandwich is not a gun.

A hairbrush is not a gun.

A wallet is not a gun.

These items come from a list of 23 objects that have been mistaken for guns by police officers in civilian shootings since 2001*. The workshop encourages participants to give presence to these objects, calling attention to their not-gun-ness by sculpting their shape in clay. This Is Not A Gun endeavors to carve out time and space to site these issues within our own bodies and stories, without presuming a total understanding of this historically dense and complicated crisis. This gathering upholds a non-judgemental space for sharing amongst anyone who participates. The space is held by local artists, activists and mindfulness collaborators.

Please join us in an effort to honor and unpack what is before us through a collaborative art-making workshop and dialogue.

All materials are provided. Drop-ins are welcome, though we encourage you to stay a while.

Proudly co-hosted by Cara Emily Levine, Jade Thacker, and Forward Union Fair.

This is the third iteration of this event. The first workshop took place at the Tenderloin Museum in San Francisco, CA on March 30, 2017. The second workshop took place at Santa Fe Art Institute on October 7, 2017. Sincere gratitude to Forward Union Fair, Christopher Johnson, Adams Puryear, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, form & concept gallery, Santa Fe Community College, New Mexico Clay, Pete Jackson, Alicia Inez Guzmán, 100 Days of Action, Amanda Jane Eicher, Keren Johnson, and the Women’s Center for Creative Work.


*Harpers Magazine Dec 2016