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About Us.

Art is My Weapon MN is a 501 C3 that aims to use art and creativity to spark social change.


Art is My Weapon was founded in 2016 by Chanda Smith Baker, with a vision inspired by the impactful initiative "Guns in the Hands of Artists" in New Orleans. Motivated by a desire to honor the memory of Kristopher K Miller and amplify the consequences of gun violence, our organization harnesses the transformative power of art to provoke dialogue, foster healing, and advocate for change.

Embracing the model of "Guns in the Hands of Artists," Art is My Weapon provides a platform for artists to utilize their talents as a means of social commentary and activism. We believe that by transforming weapons into works of art, we can confront the harsh realities of gun violence while inspiring hope for a safer, more peaceful future.


Through a diverse range of artistic mediums and expressions, including visual arts, performance arts, music, and poetry, Art is My Weapon empowers individuals to channel their experiences, emotions, and stories into powerful messages of advocacy and resilience. By amplifying the voices of survivors, activists, and allies, we strive to ignite change and build a community committed to ending the devastation of gun violence.


Join us in our mission to turn pain into purpose, honoring the legacy of Kristopher K Miller and advocating for a world where every individual can thrive without fear of gun violence. Together, we wield art as a catalyst for transformation and a tool for social justice.



In 2018, Art is My Weapon underwent a significant transition as Nikki McComb assumed leadership, bringing with her a wealth of passion and dedication to the cause. Since then, Nikki has played a pivotal role in expanding the organization's reach and impact, catalyzing new initiatives and fostering collaborations to amplify our mission. Under her guidance, Art is My Weapon has flourished, reaching even more communities with its message of hope, healing, and activism. Nikki's visionary leadership has propelled the organization forward, driving meaningful change and empowering individuals to make their voices heard in the fight against gun violence.

Please be sure to add our Facebook page to keep up with our artists and their journey as participating artists.




Social Justice Collaborative/Violence Prevention /Curatorial Projects / Art Program Development and Delivery


2016-present   Art is My Weapon  



2015-present The ENOUGH Campaign for Public Safety        





2023              Healing heART’S Exhibition

2023              Technicolor Truth Exhibit Grace Trinity Church

2022              Unburden Yourself Exhibition Hennepin County Cargill Gallery

2022              Youth Healing heART’s Program Exhibition

2022              Solo Exhibition “Taken” Gordon Parks Gallery Metro State University

2021              The African American Heritage Museum, Art is My Weapon 

2020              The Gardens of Honor Project

2019              Youth Violence Prevention, The Minneapolis Bench Project

2019              VACATE, The Moving Walls of Minneapolis Exhibition Lutheran Social Services and International Market Square

2019              Art is My Weapon Youth Artists Exhibition

2019              VACATE, The Moving Walls of Minneapolis Exhibition UROC

2018              ReCast Youth Photovoice Exhibition

2018              Something to Say: Art as Commentary, Artistry Gallery, Bloomington, MN

2018              Art is My Weapon, Homewood Studios, Minneapolis, MN

2017              Art is My Weapon, Gamut Gallery  

2017              Wirth Cooperative Exhibition 

2017              Art is My Weapon, Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2017              Dream World Resistance, Public Functionary, Minneapolis, MN

2017              Jerome Fellowship Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN


2016             Philando Castile Exhibition, Pollen, Minneapolis, MN

2015             Family and Friends Exhibition, St. Paul School of the Arts, St. Paul, MN



2023             Hennepin County Violence Prevention Grant Healing heART’s Program

2023             Hennepin County Trauma Informed Care Community Grant Healing heART’s Program

2023             MRAC Flexible support Grant Healing heART’s Program

2022             Hennepin County ARP grant Healing heART’s Program

2020             Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant

2020             Fund for Safer Communities, The Minneapolis Foundation

2019             YVP Fund Grant, The Minneapolis Bench Project, The City of Minneapolis

2018             ReCAST Youth Engagement on Trauma Collaborative Artist / Partner Grant

2018             CURA Evictions Moving Walls Artist Grant 

2016             Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists

2016             McKnight Artist Fellowship Micro Grant 

2014, 2015   Community Leadership Award Recipient

2013             Community Leadership Award Recipient   




2023               Delivery of Healing heARTS Program 9 locations to date

2022               Delivery of Healing heARTS Program 14 locations


2022              Development and delivery of The Gun Violence Survivors Iron Pour / Tree Planting

2022              Development / Delivery of The Healing heART’s Program Initiative  12 locations

2019              YVP Fund, development, and delivery of The Minneapolis Bench Project

2018              Perpich Center for the Arts Teaching Guest Artist, Golden Valley, MN

2018              CURA Research Project Participating Artist for project "Evictions," Minneapolis, MN

2017              City of Minneapolis Collaborative Public Safety Strategies $250,000 grant manager

2010-12         Cartoon Illustration / Family Violence Project

2008-10         Children's Book Illustrator, Right Step Academy

2009-2010     Selby Ave. Black Historians Mural 

2005-08         Art teacher /After School Programming, The Minneapolis Urban League

2000-2004     Art Teacher / After School Programming Right Step Academy




Minnesota Voyage 2022/23

Minn Post 2022/23

MPLS Arts 2022/23

Start Trib 2022/23

WCCO   Healing heART’s Art is My Weapon Exhibition 2022  

WCCO, Art is My Weapon - 2020, 2021

KARE 11, Enough Campaign, March 2018

MPR, Art is My Weapon Interview - October 2017

CBS, ENOUGH, Families Affected by Gun Violence - July 23, 2016 

Fox 9, A Picture is Worth 1,000 Tears - July 20, 2016

Huffington Post, Protect your Crown - 2016  

Insight News, 2016, That was My Mother

KARE 11, Black Historians Mural, Selby Avenue 2009   

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