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Change As Art

"This website will document the ability of art to make measurable changes – in a community, in a space, in people’s lives. Projects are simply documented and categorized to facilitate research in this area; we aren’t critiquing or otherwise commenting on the nature or quality of the works presented.

We are particularly interested in art as intervention; pieces that physically change a place, pieces that implicate community members in its creation, pieces that take information and transform it into something digestible, comprehensible, and, frequently, beautiful."

On Art Activism by Boris Groys…

Make Art With Purpose

"Discover how artists around the world are making art that leads to positive social and environmental change and learn how to produce these projects in your community."

Partners In Heath

bringing heath care to the poor in Haiti and around the world. They have a brilliant fundraising system that makes it easy and fun to help fund their operations

"Our mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair."…

Jane Goodall's Roots And Shoots

"Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the youth-led community action and learning program of the Jane Goodall Institute. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and responsibility for creating community-based solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. Through the program, young people map their community to identify specific challenges their neighborhoods face. From there, they prioritize the problems, develop a plan for a solution, and take action."…

Art 4 Apes

"We are a band of art lovers and environmentalists who believe that art, in all its forms, can reach people all over the globe and win hearts and minds for the cause of preserving life, in all its many forms, and the environment. To this end we organise art shows, competitions and other events to focus attention on all that is ENDANGERED in our world.

We have chosen to use all proceeds from our efforts to support the Center for Great Apes. The Center for Great Apes’ mission is to provide a permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees who have been rescued or retired from the entertainment industry, from research, or who are no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides care with dignity in a safe, healthy, and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. Please visit their website to learn more. ALL donations go directly to support the Center. We fund our events either through commercial sponsorship or through our own donations."

The theme of the show is to interpretation! Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Submissions are being accepted until October 3rd

:bulletorange: "I feel like there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people." - Van Gogh
:bulletorange: "Remember particularly that you cannot be a judge of anyone. For no one can judge a criminal, until he recognizes that he is just such a criminal as the man standing before him, and that he perhaps is more than all men to blame for that crime. When he understands that, he will be able to be a judge. Though that sounds absurd, it is true. If I had been righteous myself, perhaps there would have been no criminal standing before me." -Zosimas (in The Brothers Karamazov)
:bulletorange: "There is nothing useful in anger, nor does it kindle the mind to warlike deeds; for virtue, being self-sufficient, never needs the help of vice." and ""...what use is anger when the same end may be accomplished by reason? Anger is not expedient even in battle or in war; for it is prone to rashness, and while it seeks to bring about danger, does not guard against it." -Seneca
:bulletorange: "Generosity is more fun" -Bob Thurman
:bulletorange: "This method is nonaggressive physically but strongly aggressive spiritually" and "the nonviolent resister does not seek to humiliate or defeat the opponent but to win his friendship and understanding...The end of violence or the aftermath of violence is bitterness. The aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of a beloved community" -Martin Luther King Jr.
:bulletorange: “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.” ―Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
:bulletorange: "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." -Mother Teresa
:bulletorange: "The ultimate source of a happy life is warm-heartedness. This means extending to others the kind of concern we have for ourselves. On a simple level we find that if we have a compassionate heart we naturally have more friends. And scientists today are discovering that while anger and hatred eat into our immune system, warm-heartedness and compassion are good for our health" -Dalai Lama
:bulletorange: "If we did all the things we were capable of doing we would literally astonish ourselves" -Thomas Edison
:bulletorange: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that" and "Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
:bulletorange: "Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistant basis is exactly what you will experiance in your life" -Anthony Robbins
:bulletorange: "Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace" -Dalai Lama
:bulletorange: "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen" -Winston Churchill
:bulletorange: "Our prime purpose is to help others. and if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." -Dalai Lama. Which also translates to "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all"!
:bulletorange: “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing” – Socrates

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Note the group with literature or links about a cause you would like to spread awareness about and it will be added here, or made into a group journal.

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STOP VIOLENCE!! Please support this campaign!
A Subtle Violence TEASER ART by rodolforever
I have the privilege of working with atalented New filmaker, Justin Colon, on his new short film, "A SUBTLE VIOLENCE," which is about an eminent scientist who, haunted by the murder of his family, obsesses to find a way to chemically remove violent tendencies in humans but in doing so must confront the violence of his own actions.
This short film is thought-provoking and has the ability to make a difference.

We're using to raise the funds for our film. We have 30 days to raise our entire budget, which has been set at $7,500 (the bare minimum necessary to shoot our film), or we won't get a penny- Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing scheme. Please facebook message the link, post it on your facebook walls, twitter it, email it, text it, etc... Even a dollar makes a difference. And my art will be able to be reproduced and used throughout various continents.
If you can´t support this proyect financialy please just go to the link:…
and give us a LIKE ...spread the word

-----edit: the kickstarter has reached it's goal and exceed it! I believe they are in the production stage of the film
"Here's a great opportunity to make a difference! Last November, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crushed six tons of confiscated ivory to send a message: stop poaching elephants. Now it’s your turn to get involved. Help the USFWS design an education and awareness campaign using the crushed ivory to spread the word. Together, we can save elephants."
----The National Elephant Center

Bellow are the details for the challenge, you can view the full challenge details and submit your proposals on the USFWS Ivory Challenge website here:…


Poaching Crisis
Elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades and it continues to rise. More than 35,000 elephant were killed in 2013 for the illegal ivory trade. These animals are being slaughtered across Africa to meet an insatiable global demand for ivory. Scores of the park rangers who work to protect them have also been killed. To find out more information about the poaching crisis click here.

About the Ivory Crush
In November 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crushed approximately six tons of elephant ivory that it had confiscated over the past 25 years. The crush kicked off our increased efforts to raise awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and to reduce demand for illegal ivory. Since then, we have seen significant progress on this issue. In addition to tightened domestic restrictions on ivory, governments such as Hong Kong, France and China are showing much needed support by destroying some or all of their ivory stockpiles, and some major global retailers are vowing to stop selling ivory completely.

To build on the momentum of the crush, we have a unique opportunity to utilize the roughly 40 cubic feet of gravel-sized crushed ivory to create an education and awareness campaign that will further reduce the demand for ivory and other illegal wildlife products and ultimately protect wildlife from senseless killing and illegal trade.

The Challenge
We’re asking for your help in turning the crushed ivory into educational tools that can be distributed around the country. Through this pro-bono design challenge, you have the opportunity to create a compelling, thought provoking, informative and impactful display to increase awareness about our fight against illegal wildlife trade.

Application Instructions

Use the entry form provided to submit your design for the challenge

You may also submit additional materials that support your design such as drawings, photos, videos, cost spreadsheets etc.

The maximum size for all attachments including the submission form should not exceed 5 MB

Acceptable digital file formats are MS Word, pdf, JPEG, TIFF, Excel, MP4, Quicktime

You may provide web links to additional material such as videos in your submission form

Send your form and any additional materials to the email address provided below no later than 11:59 PM EST October 15, 2014

All submissions should include the following elements:

Description of Idea:
A summary of your idea/design/concept in 400 words or fewer.
Educational Component:
An explanation of how your idea/design will work to inform and educate the public and encourage people to take action to reduce ivory demand and stop illegal wildlife trade.
Rough Production Timing and Costs:
Brief explanation of the method of production, along with an estimate of timing and production costs. NOTE: If you are unsure of the production methods, timing and costs, that’s OK – provide us your best estimate.
An opportunity to visually bring your idea to life with sketches, drawings, renderings, etc.
Artist's Agreement:
All entries must be accompanied by a completed, signed Artist's Agreement
Example Ideas
The possibilities are endless, but the best ideas will be grounded in feasibility and take into account a realistic production budget. In other words, we consider the cost of this project a worthwhile endeavor because of the impact it can have on reducing demand for ivory and saving elephants, rhinos and other wildlife, but it needs to be financially reasonable. Here are some examples:

Fabricate the crushed ivory into polymer-encased pavers and create an “elephant walk” leading to elephant exhibits in zoos around the country.
Cast the crushed ivory into a series of small sculptures as part of an information kiosk that can be distributed to museums and zoos around the country.
Again, these are just thought starters—the possibilities are endless. We need your creative ideas.

How the Contest Works
From September 15 through October 15, 2014, we will be in the “Open Submission” period. This is your chance to brainstorm and develop ideas that fit within the Design Requirements (see below).

Once the Open Submission period ends on October 15th, there are a few steps that will get us to the winning entry:

Internal Review:
During this phase, we will review each submission and verify that it meets the Design Requirements (see below).

Panel Discussion:
During this phase, we will review each submission and verify that it meets the Design Requirements (see below).

Final Tally:
During this phase, we will review each submission and verify that it meets the Design Requirements (see below).

Execution and Distribution:
During this phase, we will review each submission and verify that it meets the Design Requirements (see below).

Design Requirements
The outcome of this project will be the creation of an educational tool that will raise awareness of the plight of African elephants and other species threatened by poaching and illegal trade and help motivate people to take action to help save endangered wildlife around the world. Given the scope and gravity of this project, there are certain logistical and tactical guidelines that must be followed:

As you develop your ideas, please keep in mind that we want this project to create awareness of the issue and incite change. In other words, the idea should incorporate a kiosk, signage, or some other means to provide information about the initiative and the need to stop illegal wildlife trade.
Design submissions should reflect the overall intent of the U.S. Ivory Crush – to render the ivory useless – so the ideal design will not glorify or add value to the crushed ivory. For example, creating beautiful, ornate sculptures of elephants from the crushed ivory is contrary to the objective of this design challenge.
Given the black market value of ivory, the ideal design will take into account potential security/theft risks. For example, embedding the ivory in a structure where pieces can be easily chipped out and stolen is problematic unless it is encased in a polymer or otherwise shielded.
Designs should be in good taste and suitable for display in areas of broad audience (e.g., museums, zoos, schools, etc.).
The ideal design/idea should be stationary or suitable for a fixed location.
All designs/ideas should be conceptualized with a realistic production/fabrication budget in mind. While we consider this project a worthwhile investment based on its education and awareness value, the cost to produce must be realistic and reasonable (i.e., thousands of dollars vs. millions of dollars).
Judging Criteria
The expert panel will judge the submitted ideas based on the below criteria. We recommend that you keep this in mind as you develop your ideas.

Does the design work to educate the public, inspire people to take action and work to reduce demand for elephant ivory and other illegal wildlife trade?
Is the design feasible in terms of timing and budget?
Does the design mitigate security/theft concerns?
Does the design achieve the goal of not adding value to the crushed ivory?

Open Submission

9/15 – 10/15/14

Internal review

10/17 – 10/24/14

Panel Discussion


Winning Design Announcement



TBD, based on winning idea


TBD, based on winning idea

Contact Information
For questions about the design challenge, please contact
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Group Info

Let this group be a place where DA's activists and "conceptual artists" congeal. People who believe the world can be made a more peaceful and loving place through art should include their work and their ideas here. "Nonviolence" is a broad and vague term referring to social and political concerns, environmental conservation, the philosophical analysis of violence and nonviolence, and many other things. Everything is interconnected, so whether your goal is to save elephants, bring awareness to the suffering of others, or foster understanding and friendship, you are welcome to share your activism and activist artwork here, discover other DA artists, or keep your eye on the group to see what DA's activists are creating and sharing.


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-Please submit pieces that are your best work
-Submit them to the appropriate folders.
-Besides art, you can also submit stamps, memes, ideas (such as photos, journal articles, etc.) and literature.
-The Featured folder: a collection of works from the group gallery folders that are exemplary both conceptually and aesthetically.

:bulletred: Contributors :bulletred:
Those who have submitted ten pieces of artwork or literature to the gallery or who are interested in helping manage the group are invited to be a contributor.
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner May 16, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for the invite & awesome message :tighthug:
UEY-S Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hello, just thought you guys might want to share this Please Take What You Need by UEY-S
It includes the original print file so that other people can paste/stick these up & bring more smiles :)
footinadream Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student General Artist
:D I love it! You're work has appeared in the galleries before too, I'm going to send you an invite to the group :)
UEY-S Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, glad you like it :) Thanks for the invite, you got yourself a new member :)
Thylacinus1 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the art-requests (:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for the request :heart:
lordmep Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry for leaving, but I really don't see what either of us have to gain from my staying here. It was a good run though.
footinadream Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I still think something might come of it some day :) I just can't do it on my own at the moment. you never know though, we'll see.
anyways, that's alright, have you been very active on DA lately elsewhere? 
lordmep Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Facts-not-feminism and my own gallery.
footinadream Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Student General Artist
your leaving has gotten me to start thinking of ways to liven up the group and I'm starting new things now, so thank you for that little jolt. you are always welcome back if you change your mind and I hope you will, even if just to write a journal or submit something. 
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