This expanding collection of media artifacts represents the outcomes of studio courses at Emerson College. Everything in this collection was created to be used by communities and organizations for the purpose of advocacy or activism. We ask, if you use the content, that you please give appropriate credit to TNGV and/or the individual creators.
Peace in Process: May 2, 2023
Spring 2023 Documentary Social Impact Studio
Peace in Process: Dec 8, 2022
On December 8, Emerson College students gathered in Dorchester with partners from the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute and the Center for Teen Empowerment, to share their collective work from the fall semester’s Social Impact Studios in virtual reality and game design.
Before the Bullets
More than 40,000 people a year in the United States are killed by gun violence and we have spoken to medical professionals from Mass General Hospital and other local medical centers about their experiences and hopes for the future of gun violence prevention
TH372: Showcase Performance
After a semester of research on the impact of gun violence in the U.S., TH315 participants perform a smaller piece of their overall script at the Spring 2022 Showcase.
TNGV Spring 2022 Showcase
In April 2022, we gathered to view media and art co-created by Emerson students and community partners during the Spring semester. We celebrated their work with over 100 guests from Emerson and the larger Boston community.
An honest and poetic reflection about the impacts and root causes of gun violence in Boston's communities.
“When your child dies, you’re still a parent. You’re always a parent,” says Gail Hiller in this moving testimony about loss, love, and resilience.
A doctor recalls a day in 1983 when he was shot by the disgruntled brother of his colleague’s patient: “Watch out . . . Bad things can happen when humiliated people have weapons."
"Peace" by Caleb McCoy
Caleb McCoy performed "Peace" at the December 2, 2021 launch of the Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence initiative. Caleb McCoy is a Bostonian rapper, musician and producer who has branded his style as OAK music.
After losing her son, Clarissa Turner found strength to help other survivors of gun violence: “We are planting the seeds of continuing growth and healing to others who are going through what I have been through.”
Willington Vuelto, a Youth Organizer, Artist Manager, and Associate Program Coordinator at Teen Empowerment performed at December 2, 2021 launch of Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence.
A young man describes the shooting that almost took his life and the challenges he faces as a survivor of gun violence: “I don’t really go out on the 4th of July, because when I hear the fireworks, I still jump.”
TNGV Launch Event
On December 2, 2021, we launched the Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence Initiative with a virtual event. The event featured Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, City Councilor Andrea Campbell, our partners from MGH and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and performances by local artists. Over 270 individuals from Boston and beyond participated.
TNGV Promo Video
Through collaborative storytelling that brings together a leading media and communication college with those closest to the problem of gun violence in Boston, we seek to inspire solutions and interrupt cycles of violence.
Breezy Bodden, Youth Artist at Teen Empowerment Studios, performed spoken word at the December 2, 2021 launch of the Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence initiative.