Telling stories and starting conversations is at the heart of It Takes Us: Stories of Gun Violence from Across America. From the beginning, the project has been about showing the full scope of the gun violence epidemic - diversity, both in terms of type of person impacted and the sort of incidents that impacted them.
We’re taking a deeper dive into the issue: going city by city to listen to residents’ stories, learn how gun violence has impacted their hometowns, and connect survivors with their neighbors to start conversations and explore how gun violence touches each of our communities uniquely.
We started this journey in Indianapolis, and plan to use this experience as a model for bringing the conversation to other American cities.
We staged a series of exhibits in diverse locations throughout Indianapolis showcasing the stories of local people impacted by gun violence. We partnered with clergy, medical centers, and community organizations to reach as wide an audience as possible. This input and support was invaluable and helped us gain insight into local issues.
Schwitzer Gallery at the Circle City Industrial Arts Complex
Martin Luther King Community Center
Noblesville City Hall
Broad Ripple Art Walk
Indianapolis Central Library
We collaborated with schools and public institutions to create free programming and engage communities on relevant topics and ones that are often overlooked in the gun violence conversation.
The Untold Stories of Gun Violence
The Impact of Noblesville
Suicide and Access to Guns
How the Arts Scene is Responding to Gun Violence
University High School Presentation: Finding Your Calling
Meet the Photographer