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image of exhibition card for the "Unforgotten" series

Humanizing the Tragic Consequences of Gun Violence

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

Thirty thousand people die each year from gun violence. The Illinois Coalition Against Handgun Violence has brought back some of the victims to tell their stories.
Victims of gun violence should not be forgotten. By sharing their stories and signing the petition, you help keep guns out of the wrong hands, and help keep the lives of those lost #Unforgotten.

Exhibition Opening
Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Gallery Talk at 5:30pm with Colleen Daley, Executive Director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence

Upcoming Event (in conjunction with the "Unforgotten" series)
Community Discussion: Solutions to Gun Violence
Monday, February 15, 2016 from 5:00pm t0 6:00pm
at the University YMCA | Latzer Hall
1001 S. Wright Street, Champaign, IL

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. This exhibition tells the important stories of those affected by gun violence, using the arts to honor victims, their families, and their communities.  By giving victims a voice, the Unforgotten series is a truly unique and engaging tool that changes the dialogue on gun violence.  It allows victims families to tell their stories, creates a place for other victims to share their stories, and provides a place for people to learn about them and opportunities to join the fight against gun violence.

Unforgotten is a powerful public awareness campaign of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV. 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. 

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About The Illinois Council against Handgun Violence
ICHV is the oldest and largest statewide orgnization 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.

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