Zenith Community Arts Foundation Presents Play, Protection, or Peril

By Editorial Team on May 21, 2019

Sat, 01 June 2019 - Sat, 31 August 2019

5 District Brown by Michael Crossett. Courtesy of Zenith Community Arts Foundation.
Receptions: Saturday, June 1 from 2pm to 6pm
Saturday, July 6 from 2pm to 6pm
Saturday, August 3 from 2pm to 6pm

A Curatorial Project by Zenith Community Arts Foundation
Artists and Activists address the role of guns in our culture, engaging in a dialogue on gun violence, action, protection, trauma and healing. Are guns the norm? We accept toy guns.  We absorb losses in our community. We want to feel safe. We need to challenge our acceptance of the norm.

Curated by Elizabeth Ashe, Play, Protection, or Peril is an exhibition of 2-D work, sculpture, performance art, and public programming intent on building relationships with legislative and community nonprofits who address gun violence. In our nation’s capital, we will cross the divide and inspire discussions about childhood games, those who need guns to feel safe, those impacted by guns, and those who fear that guns are destroying the fabric of our society.

Our supporters include Moms Demand Action, the TraRon Center, Gays Against Guns, Evermore, the National Cathedral GVP group, among others, and we have received encouragement from the Sandy Hook Foundation and the Brady Campaign.

Three one-month shows: June, July, August 2019
H-Space 1932 9th St. NW, Washington DC
(Enter at 9-1/2 Street, an alley off U Street, NW)
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 5-7 PM, Sat. & Sun. 12 noon -6 PM

June 1-30 Play. Reception: June 1, 2-6 PM
Children, schools, education, and games.
ARTISTS: Michele Colburn, Lea Craigie Marshall, David D’Orio,
Monica Pages, Brian Petro, Max’s Fancy Monsters

July 3-28 Protection. Reception: July 6, 2-6 PM
Self-preservation and Civil Wars.
ARTISTS: Lea Craigie-Marshall, Michele Colburn, Michael Crossett, Fiel Dos Santos, Margery Goldberg, Hubert Jackson, Stephanie Mercedes, Katherine Smith-Morse, Nancy Nesvet

August 1-25 Peril. Reception: August 3, 2-6 PM.
Mourning, mass shootings and the Social aftermath.
ARTISTS: Guns to Roses- Rachael Bohlander, Chris Malone, David Mordini, Kate Kretz, Liz Lescault, Lloyd Wolf, Curtis Mozie, Stephanie Mercedes, Suzanne Firstenberg.

H-Space 1932 9th St. NW, Washington DC
(Enter at 9-1/2 St., an alley off U Street, NW)

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 5-7 PM, Sat. & Sun. 12 noon -6 PM

Public Events in June:
* Event schedules subject to shift.
Check www.zcaf.org for updated schedule.

  • June 1, Artists Reception. 2-6pm.
  • June 8, “Wear Orange” Day / Arts & crafts
  • June 14, “Do the Write Thing” / Kids writing workshop
  • June 22/23, Halcyon “By The People” site. Performances
  • June 29, “Cops and Communities”

Receptions: June 1, July 6, August 3, 2-6 PM

Public Events in August:
* Event schedules subject to shift.
Check www.zcaf.org for updated schedule.:

  • August 10th, 4pm. Photo and Video documentation class, by Lloyd Wolf and Curtis Mozie. Register by sending an email to zcaf@zcaf.org. This class has a fee.
  • August 17th, 2-4pm. Poetry open mic. “Words used by the Media,” panel discussion.
  • August 24th, 4pm. “Aftermath” discussion. TraRon Center, Evermore, Takoma Therapy.
  • August 25th, 6-9pm Silent Auction Fundraiser. Closing Reception.

All dialogue events free of charge. Workshops have a suggested donation.

We received a Projects, Events, and Festivities matching grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities to partially fund this project, as well as a grant from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd.