About
We seek to start conversations in towns and cities where conversations need to be started.

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 with the support of the social justice committee at a large church, we photographed and filmed approximately 12 local people from varied walks of life - young, old, rich, poor, and in communities that have been affected by gun violence in dramatically different ways. The end result was a series of well-attended multimedia exhibitions, presentations, and panel discussions that succeeded in raising awareness and creating space for meaningful, productive dialogue.

Using this experience as a model for bringing the conversation to other American cities, we now seek to partner with foundations, individuals, institutions, gun violence prevention groups, and related organizations to - among other things - help those in rural, urban, and suburban areas have a voice and to see that their experiences are more similar than they are different. Additionally, the work could be used to educate citizens on the importance of various and upcoming legislative efforts.

Our goal has always been to start conversations in places where conversations need to be started… and - hopefully - to allow people see the story of their family in the stories of other families. We believe that doing so will elevate the discussion beyond the traditional media narrative and help find common ground.

 
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Photography and Film
Building relationships through visual storytelling.

We approach each person telling their story with a holistic view: who is the person, what happened to them, how has it impacted their life, and what are their views on gun policy? Approaching each of these questions without agenda, the goal is to allow subjects to share their story in all of its complexity. We take a multimedia approach, allowing the stories to lead the final product. It’s important to us to allow the subject to tell their story in their own words and their unique voice, which is why we often accompany photographs with text quotes or short films.

Joe Quint has build trust and relationships throughout the gun survivor community through his work over the past five years, and brings a unique sensitivity to this subject and process.

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Exhibitions
Reaching a diverse audience.

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 as well as connect with people who might not otherwise engage with the issue of gun violence in their community.

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 as well as connect with people who might not otherwise engage with the issue of gun violence in their community.

 
Exhibitions Included:

Schwitzer Gallery at the Circle City Industrial Arts Complex:

Martin Luther King Community Center

Noblesville City Hall

Phoenix Theatre

Broad Ripple Art Walk

Indianapolis Central Library

 
 
 
Discussions
Creating dialogue around the issues that matter.

Since the goal of the project is to start conversations, we wanted to provide an opportunity for people to engage directly with each other through organized discussions. These were a mix of presentations with Q&A sessions as well as panel discussions with experts and survivors. We collaborated with schools and public institutions to create free programming and engage communities on relevant topics, especially those that are often overlooked in the gun violence conversation.

 
Discussions Included:

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

 
 
Promotion
Spreading the word.

In order to promote our events, we developed a marketing plan consisting of outdoor advertising, targeted social posts, and community outreach. A website was developed to serve as a home for all of our content... providing not only more detail on the stories presented but a calendar of events and action steps as well.

The exhibit was highlighted on the local news station in Indianapolis, who spoke with photographer Joe Quint, as well as one of the participants Danyette Smith about the impact of the shows.