For immediate release                                                          

Play, Protection, or Peril                                                                                                                                         

A Curatorial Project by Zenith Community Arts Foundation

For immediate release Press contact: Elizabeth Ashe or Margery Goldberg

Play, Protection or Peril e-mail: or

Phone: 202-783-8005

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. Through panel discussions and workshops, weekend public programs will expand participants' knowledge of other non-profits, activism, and legislation surrounding 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 St., an alley off U Street, NW)

June 1-30 PLAY Reception: June 1, 2-6 PM
Children, schools, education, and games.
ARTISTS: Michele Colburn, David D’Orio, Christopher Malone,
Max's Fancy Monsters, Mònica Pagès, and Brian Petro.

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

August 1-25 PERIL Reception: August 3, 2-6 PM. 
Mourning, mass shootings and the Social aftermath.
ARTISTS: Rachael Bohlander, Lea Craigie-Marshall, Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, Guns to Roses-A project by John Mein, Kate Kretz, Liz Lescault, Christopher Malone, Stephanie Mercedes, David Mordini, Curtis Mozie, Lloyd Wolf.

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

New Summer Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 4-7pm. Saturday, 12-6pm. Sunday, 1-5pm

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

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

July Programs: 7/13, 3pm -- Panel Discussion with Moms Demand Action, D.C.                                                                       3pm -- Self-defense workshop at Beta Academy, $40/pp
                              7/20, 2-4pm – Cops and Communities public discussion
                              7/27, 3-5pm – Painting Workshop, $25/pp, supplies included     

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

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. 

Please Donate to Increase Your Voice!  All donations go to matching our DCCAH Grant!
Visit the exhibit and attend our public workshops to learn more about
gun violence prevention legislation and efforts.

Make your donation at

Zenith Community Arts Foundation     1429 Iris Street  NW, Washington DC  20012    202-783-8005