Conversations in America:

Under the Gun


The Women In the Arts and Media Coalition is sending out a call for submissions for our new series: Conversations In America. This first artistic conversation is called “Under the Gun.” Submissions will be accepted until January 22, 2017 with a performance date in March.


“I know we are a smart enough nation to figure out how you protect responsible gun owners' rights
and get guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton


The series will be a creative evening of works that attempt to reach beyond emotions and find ways to discuss critical issues in America. This first conversation is about the gun violence problem in the United States. Yelling and screaming have not changed a thing, so what might?


“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need
inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
J.K. Rowling


We are asking you, our members, to write, paint, sculpt, photograph, film, make music, and/or dance to a better understanding of this volatile subject where entrenched and automatic responses have become knee jerk reactions on both sides of the conversation.


We will host a gala evening to display, discuss, enlighten and begin to mutually develop a way to dialogue the many sides of this issue that affects all of us daily.  We are seeking to construct an understanding and develop movement on this issue through our art.  How can we talk away the fear - on both sides of the discussion – and find a place of understanding that supports all of our rights?


We all acknowledge that this is an uncomfortable talk to have.  How do we start the conversation without shutting each other down?  


“Art has the power to build connection and empathy”
John Legend


We are looking for: Short plays and Monologues, Short Films, Music, Poetry, Dance Pieces, Paintings, Photographs, Performance Art, and written and performed pieces with a running time of 10 minutes or less.


A female-identified member of one of our full or affiliate member organizations must submit and be the primary engine of the project submitted, but it may have any additional collaborators, female or male, members and non-members.


The deadline is Sunday, January 22nd, at 11:59pm. Yup! You have a little over 2 months. You, too, are under the gun. What are you waiting for?


Here are just some of the sites on both sides of the argument for your review:

Gun, Students for the Second Amendment, Second Amendment Foundation, Constitution Party, Gun Owners of America, Constitution Society, Women Against Gun Control, Brady Campaign, Violence Policy Center, Million Mom March, Coalition to Stop Handgun Violence, Americans For Gun Safety, Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, New Yorkers against Gun Violence, Gays Against Guns


Performance will be in March 2017. The entire evening will run 90 -110 minutes with no intermission and will be free to all who attend. There will be staged readings of short plays and monologues, screenings of short films. Production will be coordinated between the creators and the producers.  Dance, movement, and music pieces will all be accommodated.  All art chosen for the evening will be put on display in the reception area of the theatre. There will be an afterglow reception for all artists and their guests to continue the discussion.


Please submit your piece with the information requested on the application on the next page IN ONE EMAIL to:


Only complete emailed submissions will be accepted.


All questions can also be sent to this email address.





Conversations in America: Under the Gun



Please enter or cut and paste into this document your answers

or attach separately in doc or pdf form all requested information

and send IN ONE EMAIL to

with your attached submission.



  1. Title of Project:

  2. Identify:  Coalition full member or affiliate member organization

of which you are a member (check our website for complete lists)

  1. Contacts: Name, Address, Email, Phone for all collaborators



  1. Describe the Project:  In 400 words or less describe what inspired you to create this project. Please include whether or not there are collaborators connected to this project.

  2. Resume/Narrative Bio:  A 100 word bio that details your artistic career.



  1. Manuscripts.  Please attach a PDF that includes a title page with your name and the title of your work. The work should not be more than 10 pages nor run more than 10 minutes.

  2. Media.  Please submit on VIMEO or through a Dropbox or Google Drive link.

  3. Digital Images.  Please attach up to 3 digital images


Email confirmation will be sent upon successful completion of your application.


Deadline:  11:59 PM Sunday, January 22, 2017