Artists and creatives, you are needed. Use your unique voice.
For those of you who want to take a stand politically, environmentally, socially, or in any way to make your world kinder, educated, and more tolerant, here is a list of amazing projects and resources to take part in or inspire you.
You don't have to be "an activist." You just have to be yourself.
Please add your projects/ideas in the comments below or email us.*
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Our collaborator, Hannah Cole of Sunlight Tax, wrote a savvy article about taxes for artists on ArtFCity. In response to the 2016 election she immediately put her expertise in to action and wrote this article so we could all learn: How Donald Trump’s Tax Plan Will Effect Arts Workers: There’s Bad Stuff Coming.
Counter Type is free artwork to use at protests or to make into your everyday protest. By Annica Lydenberg and Arianna Orland.
Jesse Jagtiani made a video capturing the Zeitgeist of NYC on election day. It shows the spirit of NYC on the last day before the Trump era. "I see the work as coming from the public to the public - as a little reminder of what the US/world lacks and wants. It is the third in a series of videos shot on election day (2008,2012,2016)."
START A PROJECT.
ARTISTS RESOLVE: You are invited to join Artists Resolve: a collective of artists who want to collaborate in the spirit of resistance and resolution. The site is based on a trust that creative collaborations between artists across the country can make positive change happen. Here's how it works:
- You can sign-up to participate here: http://artistsresolve.com/matchup
- On February 20th, you will receive an email pairing you with another artist at random (anywhere in the U.S., working in any possible media) who also signed up. You'll get each other's email address and an invitational prompt to get you started.
- The two of you connect and think up a work, action, or gesture of some kind that you want to do together. You'll be able to submit documentation of your collaboration for inclusion on the site: artistsresolve.com.
In NYC, artist Matthew "Levee" Chavez started Subway Therapy, a rogue project in at the 14th Street subway stop where he asked people to write down thoughts on sticky notes and adhere them to the subway wall. The results were inspiring.
The Center for Artistic Activism is is a place to explore, analyze, and strengthen connections between social activism and artistic practice. "Helping activists to think like artists... and artists to think like activists. They have webinars, reading lists, and a podcast.
Our friend Leah Gauthier started The Kind Party Project, "an artistic movement of radial hope, a dream-in-progress envisioning what might happen if politics turned kind, if love was the most important agenda of governance, if all our world citizens were committed to compassionate, mindful, happy and healthy lives of service to the common good, if this earthly home and our non human brothers and sisters were respected, protected, honored and heard. It's also a work-in-progress of this artist, and all who wish to join in, to move towards joy." Each day during December you will receive a simple kindness assignment via email to help us all spread around some holiday cheer.
The International Studio & Curatorial Program announces Fran Ilich: Aridoamérica Winter Plan at El Museo de Los Sures. For Fran Ilich’s Offsite Project, he will turn this storefront space in Williamsburg into a neighborhood coffee shop and community resource with its own mico-economy for four months. During this period, Ilich welcomes visitors to convene, converse and barter for Zapatista organic coffee while playing the ancient Nahuatl game of Patolli. He wants to offer the public a place of respite during a time of “transition to a new global climate,” with the aim to “create together content, experiences, everyday life. That is our winter plan. Coffee. Conspiracy. Community Chest. The moment is now. As Mayans said, you are me and I am you. Or I am a part of you.”
Artist Wyatt Benoit started 2 Days, "a site that gives you an actionable task every two days. Think of it as a to-do to check off every two days, with the intention of these tasks being to help promote social and, possibly, personal change. Every task will be related to each month's assigned topic. Tasks will range from making donations, reading articles, signing petitions, creating dialogue and much more. 2Days was born out of my personal desire to investigate the "how" in making change in America. I can't guarantee this will be perfect, but I can guarantee I will do my best to make tasks as accessible as possible in hopes that it will help you make a difference one small to-do at a time."
Jeff Bergman and friends are reading passages and doing teach-ins at Trump Tower until Inauguration Day.
GIVE TIME OR MONEY. USE MONEY STRATEGICALLY.
Start local in your community, where you can feel like you can make a big impact. Artists we know have done everything from offering services (photography and graphic design) or time, or cash donations. Share your love with people you care about.
Here is a link from Jezebel to get you started on bigger organizations. There is more information in the comments.
Start a reading group. NYMag shared a great list of books, including Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, and more.
Bring it to the classroom. Artist, educator and designer Annie Coggan brought questions to her classroom at SVA in New York City and shared the results on Instagram. She wrote: "In an hour and a half I go in to teach a class called Critical Thinking. I am going to ask my students to write on the board 100 ways to use their voice and constitutional rights regardless of a Trump Presidency. I will share with you the results. We need ideas and energy more than ever. Let's go."
Read Rebecca Solnit's book, Hope in the Dark. It's $5. "With Hope in the Dark, Rebecca Solnit makes a radical case for hope as a commitment to act in a world whose future remains uncertain and unknowable."
The Nasty Women Exhibition is "a group exhibition that serves to demonstrate solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. It also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights and to be a platform for organization before the Trump Presidential Inauguration in January."
Brooklyn artists organized Unbroken, a pop-up show and silent auction of art in response to the election. One night only, free to attend, 100% of sales to benefit the ACLU.
Not My President’s Day is a series of DIY performance events held around the country and the world on February 20, 2017– that aims to mobilize ongoing resistance and channel anger into art and activism.
Ceres Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition curated by artist Susan Grabel addressing the sexism and misogyny contained in laws across the country being used against women. “It’s happening right here,” Grabel says, “in the exceptional USA, not just in Third World countries.”
PLAY THE LONG GAME. STAY INVOLVED, EVEN IF YOU ARE AN INTROVERT.
There are so many smart, online forums to take action politically. Here are a few:
Brooklyn Based started #actiontrumpshate
BE KIND TO YOURSELF. SEEK INSPIRATION.
See art, have conversations, exercise, etc.
What have you and your friends been doing to take action, in small and big ways? Comment below or email us.
* Relevant projects will be added to this resource list and updated frequently.