MIAMI BEACH, Florida - On February 28th The Art Plug, Delano South Beach and The Caliber Foundation teamed up for Raise the Caliber®: Art Create Change Miami, a charity art event to support the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. A silent art auction curated by Marcel Katz of The Art Plug was hosted at the electric Doheney Room at Delano and featured fine art prints by Black Crow Studios and lucite sculptures by DetroitWick.
100% of the profits from the art sales, event entry fees and a percentage of Doheny Room & LEYNIA’s sales from the evening were donated to The Caliber Foundation. Upon entry, the first 75 guests received a limited edition MTV x Caliber Collection bracelet, which carries the unique serial number of an illegal firearm turned in to the Newark Police Department during a recent gun buyback.
The prints and sculptures featured SHREDS®, which are gun parts confiscated from crime scenes or turned in through gun buyback and amnesty programs.
“We partner with the police department, the city and the county to privately fund gun buybacks,” artist Doug Schwartz from DetroitWick said. “Anyone with an illegal or unregistered firearm can turn those weapons in and actually walk away. We shred all of the guns and then encase them in one of a kind lucite sculpture.”
This opportunity gives people the chance to procure illegal guns off the street in local communities around the United States. Artist Tracey Hiner raises awareness through photography. “I take the shredded guns and I submerge them in a tank of water,” Hiner said. “Then I rapidly photograph as I pour paint into the pieces.”
Regardless of how the artists expressed their ideas at Raise the Caliber®, they share a similar intention of shedding light on the horrors of gun violence in our communities. The Caliber Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) dedicated to supporting the victims, families and communities affected by illegal gun violence in America. They along with local organizations create a powerful voice zealous in their cause. Spreading awareness and support are the main goal of this foundation and people of all ages take notice. Valentina E., a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas reached out to The Caliber Foundation and expressed her appreciation.
"I just wanted to say that your company is incredible,” Valentina said. “I am a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida. Unfortunately, I have never cared about gun laws before February 14th. Your company is so great knowing that guns and its ammo are being destroyed to make beautiful jewelry and other products. It’s amazing and I really appreciate it. I think it’s safe to say that everyone at Marjory Stoneman Douglas would say the same about your company.”
Jessica Mindich, President of The Caliber Foundation and Founder of the Raise The Caliber® initiative plans to send around 3,500 Raise The Caliber®-Wear Orange Bracelets to the students and faculty. The bracelet encompasses the message, “Orange is the color of solidarity in the fight against gun violence in America. It may seem like a simple statement, but when we all act together, we can’t be ignored.”
Raise the Caliber®: Art Create Change Miami and similar events are important in order to give artists a place to speak on relevant issues in our communities while raising money for the people affected by tragic events. The Art Plug would like to thank everyone who attended and donated at the event to help make a difference.
For more information about The Caliber Foundation and to make a donation, please visit www.thecaliberfoundation.org.