Why Mobilizing Artists Around Gun Control Will Change the National Conversation
It's been a couple of months since we launched The Gun Show and started asking artists to make posters about gun control in order to raise national awareness around the issue. We've been experimenting with large-scale creative collaborations for years, but unlike uniting behind a candidate for President, exploring the real meaning of conversation, or helping to advocate environmental action, inviting artists to make work about gun control comes with its own unique obstacles that we feel it is our job to remove. Because despite knowing so many artists who want to work on social impact projects, and so many organizations who desperately need to be more creative (and know it) they still exist in separate worlds. This leaves very little opportunity for organic collaboration.
But collaboration is our goal. When creative thinkers and makers are able to work successfully with campaigns, and organizations (and even the government!) amazing things happen. The contributions we've received at The Gun Show so far have been beautiful and thoughtful. They represent a range of authentic voices—something often lacking from the national conversation. We're getting new images from artists of all stripes all over the world everyday.