A powerful art and outreach project is coming to MDC this month. Trigger, part of the MDC Live Arts series, is a multipart hip-hop performance that portrays the dangers and ravages of gun violence. The piece is a touring presentation, which began at Virginia Tech, the site of the 2007 gun massacre. Trigger begins with an oratorio that juxtaposes hip-hop with traditional choral practice. The chorus and musical direction is being conducted by Ken Boos and Oscar Bustillo, professors of music at Kendall Campus, and the chorus is made up almost fully by MDC students who will perform at MDC North Campus’ Lehman Theater on April 21. The second act of Trigger is an audience participation segment. Spectators become part of the performance by participating in a town hall style breakout session that addresses gun violence. One of those organizations involved, Guitars Over Guns, uses art programming to give at-risk youth creative options for engagement. They have numerous innovative initiatives, including one that will involve melting down firearms that have been turned in to law enforcement agencies to create musical instruments. In addition to the performance, part of the Trigger project includes community outreach efforts. Victor Gómez, a professor of art at MDC’s North Campus, is facilitating a mural painting with his students, followed by a community forum discussing how to address gun violence and other social issues through art.
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