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Faith, Justice & the Arts

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Stories of Gun Violence Across America: Indianapolis

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT

EXHIBIT LOCATIONS:
Phoenix Theatre, 705 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis 46204 (Sept. 21 - Nov. 13)
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 6050 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46208 (Sept. 23 - Oct. 7)
Noblesville City Hall, 16 South 10th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060 (Sept. 23 - Nov. 13)
Circle City Industrial Complex, Schwitzer Gallery, 1125 Brookside Ave, Indianapolis 46204 (Oct. 5 - 26)
Martin Luther King Center, 40 West 40th Street, Indianapolis 46208 (Oct. 6 - 20)
Central Library, 40 East St. Clair Street, Indianapolis 46204 (Oct. 10 - Nov. 13)
St. Paul's On The Way, 803 Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis 46220 (Oct. 12 - Nov. 13)

View a complete calendar of exhibits & related events at ittakesus-indy.org.

PRESENTED BY:
Faith, Justice and the Arts (Indianapolis)
Joe Quint, Photographer (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (Indiana)

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT:
For the past four years, documentary photographer Joe Quint has worked to tell the stories of gun violence survivors, including the family members of victims and those who've witnessed horrific acts of violence. The work isn’t about politics or policy, or 2nd Amendment rights vs. gun control. “It's about honest storytelling,” said Quint, “and bringing stories of trauma, grief and strength to life – without agenda. The goal is to tell a diverse story, both in terms of demographics and type of incident, and show how none of us are ever more than one or two degrees of separation away from this epidemic.”

In partnership with Faith, Justice and the Arts (fjaindy.org), an initiative of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Indianapolis (stpaulsindy.org), Quint has produced a series of comprehensive multimedia exhibits about the impact that Indianapolis gun violence has on survivors, as well as those often overlooked in the gun violence story… people such as first responders, clergy and others who experience their own vicarious trauma. The first exhibit location for “Stories of Gun Violence Across America: Indianapolis” opens Sept. 21.

“The epidemic of gun violence, in the words of the Book of Common Prayer, ‘corrupts and destroys the creatures of God,’ ” said the Rev. John Denson, Rector of St. Paul’s and board member of Faith, Justice and the Arts. “We are called by God to respond to this destruction through acts of love, compassion and healing.”

One way to respond to this call, says Denson, is to create an opportunity for people to encounter the suffering that results from gun violence. “It is the hope of Faith, Justice and the Arts that, faced with the stories told through Joe Quint’s photography, our community will more readily bind together for the purpose of wholeness, peace and the prevention of further violence.”

The diverse participants in this project are from Central Indiana and they reflect those across the country who bravely share their stories of trauma, grief and strength. Quint looks for exhibit visitors to relate, connect and “maybe even see their own family’s story in the stories of others,” ultimately resulting in dialogue that leads to meaningful change.

The public is welcome to view exhibits any time during the locations’ open hours.

OPENING RECEPTIONS:
A select number of opening receptions with photographer Joe Quint are planned:

  • Friday, September 21, 5 - 8 p.m. at the Phoenix Theatre
  • Monday, September 24, 2 - 4:30 p.m. at Noblesville City Hall
  • Friday, October 5, 6 - 9 p.m. at the Circle City Industrial Complex
  • Saturday, October 6, 6 - 8 p.m. at the MLK Center

All receptions are free and open to the public.

From Oct. 10 - Nov. 13, “Stories of Gun Violence Across America: Indianapolis” will encompass both downtown’s Central Library lobby (indypl.org) and the Phoenix Theatre lobby (phoenixtheatre.org). Travel distance between the Central Library and Phoenix Theatre is 0.2 miles, or less than a 5-minute walk.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS & RELATED EVENTS:
A number of related events will also be offered, including:

  • “Meet the Artist: A Discussion with Photographer Joe Quint,” September 23, 10:15 - 11 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • “Panel Discussion: The Untold Stories of Gun Violence,” September 23, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Phoenix Theatre
  • “How the Arts Scene is Responding to Gun Violence,” October 2, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Phoenix Theatre
  • “Panel Discussion: The Impact of Noblesville,” October 7, 3 - 4:30 p.m. at the Phoenix Theatre
  • Broad Ripple Art Walk, October 12, 5 - 9 p.m., St. Paul’s On The Way
  • “Panel Discussion: Suicide & Access to Guns,” October 14, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Central Library

A Poetry Reading and a Documentary Screening about gun violence are also planned; dates and times TBD. See details on all related events as they become available at ittakesus-indy.org.

All events are free and open to the public.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS:
Faith, Justice and the Arts and Joe Quint Photography express deep gratitude for the organizations lending their support to facilitate the breadth and reach of “Stories of Gun Violence Across America: Indianapolis.”

  • Phoenix Theatre
  • Noblesville City Hall
  • Indianapolis Metropolitan Public Library
  • Circle City Industrial Complex
  • Martin Luther King Community Center (MLK Center)
  • Arts Council of Indianapolis
  • Indy Fringe
  • John Boner Neighborhood Centers
  • Julian Center
  • St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Click here to download the press release.

 

ABOUT FAITH, JUSTICE & THE ARTS

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s initiative for Faith, Justice and the Arts has been created to fulfill the promise of our Baptismal Covenant to strive for justice and peace among all people, and to respect the dignity of every human being.

To achieve this, we will use the arts to create community-wide experiences and conversations that raise awareness about issues of injustice and lead to faithful and transformative engagement in the community.

OUR MISSION
Faith, Justice and the Arts uses diverse artistic collaborations to awaken inspire and empower communities to strive for justice and peace among all peoples.

  • FAITH: Building trust to dismantle the systems that divides us.
  • JUSTICE: Cultivating reconciliation that forms healed communities.
  • ARTS: Creating experiences that transform each of us.

OUR STEERING COMMITTEE
Kate Appel
Susanne Bowen (Chair)
Rusty Broxterman
Alan Davis
Pauline Moffatt (IndyFringe)
Barbara Pierce
Beth Shields
Morgan Smith
John Sturman
The Rev. John Denson (Rector, ex officio)

 

PAST EVENTS

poster_sm.pngIn June 2017 we partnered with IndyFringe to sponsor a benefit concert by the Brooklyn Nomads from New York City. Held at the Indiana Landmarks Center, the concert was a two-hour musical tribute to the six countries named in the March 16, 2017 travel ban – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Brooklyn Nomads’ music was an expression of support and gratitude towards the rich melting pot of the entire United States, which enabled this group to come to life. The evening also included testimonies from recent refugees who have settled in Indianapolis. Proceeds from the ticket sales supported Exodus Refugee Immigration and the Immigrant Welcome Center. To see photographs from the concert, click here.

IDEAS?
Do you know an artist who might be interesting in partnering with us? Do you have an idea for an event that the Faith, Justice and the Arts initiative could sponsor to raise awareness about an issue of injustice? Would you like to be involved? Do you have questions? Get in touch with us at fja@stpaulsindy.org.

MAKE A DONATION
Click here to make a financial gift in support of the Faith, Justice & the Arts initiative.

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