Rochester Institute of Technology's Gallery r joins the ranks of thousands of combined people, communities, and organizations across the country taking a stand against gun violence with the opening of "Wear Orange: Art to Action." The exhibition is dedicated to National Gun Violence Awareness Month and features "The Mother's Dream Quilt Project," a series of quilts created by various communities in remembrance of victims of gun violence; "It Takes Us," a photo series created by New York City artist Joe Quint that shares the stories of gun violence survivors; and memorials made by the Rochester Gay Alliance for the victims of the Pulse Orlando shootings.
After the 2013 death of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot in the back in Chicago, New York was the first state in the nation to dedicate a full month to gun violence awareness. Friends and family chose the color orange because of its vibrancy and its use by hunters to protect themselves from harm. Rochester is one of eight municipalities in the state that supports the Wear Orange movement, and campuses like RIT are taking action for the change they wish to see: a nation free of gun violence.
The exhibit, located at 100 College Avenue, will be on display from June 2 until June 25, Thursday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 256-3312 or visit galleryr.rit.edu.