Join Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), United Playaz, and the Robby Poblete Foundation to celebrate the opening of Art of Peace, a group exhibition that aims to raise awareness about the continued escalation of death in our country due to senseless gun violence.

Exploring the stories of 10 local artists and collectives who have been affected by gun violence, Art of Peace features sculptural artworks made from dismantled firearms, including shotgun barrels, revolvers, rifle stocks, shell casings, handgun parts, and more collected off the streets of San Francisco through a December 2018 gun buyback program that gathered a total of 244 guns.

Participating artists include Kevin Byall, Clody Cates and Gaige Qualmann, Nick Fullerton, Tanya Herrera, Darrell Hunger, Barbara Bryn Klare, Labor and Love (Natasha McCray-Zolp and Shameel Ali), Made in Constantine (Constantine Zlatev), Tsungwei Moo, and John Ton.

6:00PM | Doors open
6:00–7:30PM | Reception
6:30–6:45PM | Opening remarks

Ticket Info

The reception is free and open to the public. Free with RSVP.

Art of Peace

On view: July 23 — August 25

A collaborative exhibition that brings together three organizations—Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Robby Poblete Foundation, and United Playaz—and features art and artists raising awareness about the continued escalation of death due to gun violence in our country.

Free with RSVP

About YBCA

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is one of the nation’s most innovative contemporary arts centers. Founded in 1993, YBCA’s mission is to generate culture that moves people. Through powerful art experiences, thoughtful and provocative content, and deep opportunities for participation, YBCA is committed to creating an inclusive culture that awakens personal and societal transformation. Learn more here.

About the Robby Poblete Foundation

The Robby Poblete Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to get unwanted firearms out of circulation and prevent them from falling into the wrong hands through its gun buyback program, and transforming them into instruments of hope and opportunity through its art and vocational programs. For more on the foundation, go to

About United Playaz

United Playaz is a San Francisco-based violence prevention and youth development organization. It provides a comprehensive range of services to prepare vulnerable youth for higher education, employment, and healthy living within a safe, nurturing, and collaborative environment.


YBCA exhibitions are made possible in part by Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program, with additional support by Kevin King and Meridee Moore.

Free youth admission to YBCA galleries is made possible through the support of Nicola Miner and Robert Mailer Anderson.

YBCA programs are made possible in part by Bloomberg Philanthropies and The James Irvine Foundation, with additional funding by National Endowment for the Arts, Grosvenor, and YBCA Members.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.