Robby Poblete Foundation and United Playaz are working to remove as many firearms as possible from our streets and communities and turn them into symbols of hope.
In 2014, Robby Poblete was killed at age twenty-three by gun violence in Vallejo, California. His death prompted his mother, Pati Navalta Poblete, to found the Robby Poblete Foundation, which aims to reduce gun violence by transforming guns into objects of healing and remembrance through art and vocational programs. United Playaz, founded in 1994 by Rudy Corpuz, is a violence prevention and youth development organization that provides youth with a safe and positive environment in which to grow. Their motto, “It takes the hood to save the hood,” underscores their commitment to working with those from similar backgrounds as the youth, fostering development from within the community.
United Playaz and the Robby Poblete Foundation work to end senseless gun violence through gun buyback programs and partnerships with local police departments. But they take the process much further by collaborating to create something positive and educational out of the guns—namely, art objects that serve as catalysts for conversation. Art of Peace focuses on the stories of the artists—most of whom have been affected by gun violence in some way—and the transformations made possible through their work. It offers hope, resilience, and a peaceful path forward.
July 23, 6:00pm
Join Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 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.
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 robbypobletefoundation.org.
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. unitedplayaz.org
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.