Jonathan Ferrara's latest update for Guns in the Hands of Artists

May 19, 2016

Hello Everyone,

It is with great excitement that I am writing to let you know that the book is entering the design and layout phase this coming Monday.  It has been a long process and it is not over yet but we are moving forward, so thank you for your patience.  If all goes according to plan, we should have the books in hand by November 15th and you should start to see more media coverage on the book beginning  this summer.

A few updates and some more information on the project. First, I am happy to report that Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Ford has joined the list of contributors to the book.  Richard agreed to let me reprint a very poignant piece he wrote for The Financial Times.  This is great news as he joins the stellar list of contributors we already have.  I am honored!

Speaking of honored, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in Minneapolis on May 2nd when the exhibition opened there.  Gabby joined group of funders for an opening luncheon at the Pillsbury House Theatre where approximately 10 works from the show are on view through May 29th.

The exhibition in Minneapolis is being presented by Pillsbury United Communities and they are doing a great job of community outreach, generating awareness and incorporating the exhibition into existing gun violence efforts there.  The full exhibition will move to Public Functionary Gallery in Northeast Minneapolis with an opening on June 3rd and be on view through June 19th.  

We are also working on a gun buy back there with Minneapolis Police Department n hopes that we can take more guns off the streets and give them to local artists there to address the issue of guns and gun violence.

Once again, I appreciate your continued support of this book and your patience as well.

All My Best
Jonathan