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 plan to use this experience as a model for bringing the conversation to other American cities.

 
Exhibitions
After photographing and filming over twenty people from the Indianapolis community, we staged a series of exhibits in diverse locations throughout the city.

Discussions
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.

Promotion
In order to promote our events, we developed a marketing plan consisting of outdoor advertising, targeted social posts, and community outreach.
A Digital Presence
A website was developed to serve as a home for all of our content... providing more detail on the stories presented but a calendar of events and action steps as well.
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Partners and Supporters
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.