About The Initiative
Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence (TNGV) is a collaborative initiative which seeks to understand the impact of dominant narratives of gun violence on individuals, families, and communities most impacted, and aims to co-create interventions to change these narratives.
TNGV is facilitated by the Engagement Lab at Emerson College in partnership with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Gun Violence Prevention Center, and a growing cohort of grassroots organizations.
Watch the video for highlights from our initiative launch event, which was attended by over 270 people including Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, then-City Councilor Andrea Campbell, and a cohort of our partners.
Featured News & Events
Peace in Process - Fall 2023
On December 12, 2023, over 125 people came together to celebrate the latest TNGV projects. Watch the event highlight video!
Our projects are co-created in Social Impact Studios, which give Emerson students and faculty the opportunity to work directly with local grassroots changemakers to collaborate on media projects that will make an impact in Boston and beyond.
Quiet Rooms is a 20-minute documentary about the impacts and root causes of gun violence and was co-created by Emerson students and community members impacted by gun violence.
People Powered News
People Powered News is a website designed for newsrooms and communities who are committed to changing the narrative around how gun violence is reported.
Carrying On: Norine's Story
Norine Woods' son Troy was killed in a drive-by shooting in Dorchester on August 29, 1999. In this video she shares her experiences as a survivor of gun violence.
Grassroots Journalism and Community Media
Learn how journalists can work with communities to develop solutions to the issue of gun violence in Boston
Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence through Performance
Learn and use a variety of applied theatre techniques to partner with local community-based, anti-violence organizations in order to transform the dominant narratives related to gun violence in the United States.
Learn the fundamentals of collaborative design and documentary production skills, and apply your art and craft in direct collaboration with members of the community.