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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
For this journal feature, I chose several artists from our group and I asked them a set of questions. I am curious about why artists make activist-type artwork. What inspires them to address certain topics in their art? What role do they fulfill by using their skills and platforms in this way? Here are the questions:

1- What is your relationship to your work? Is it a therapy, an exploration, a tool, etc?
2- What is the driving force behind your work?
3- What percentage of your work is based on activism/awareness issues? How does activism and awareness relate to your artistic goals as a whole?
4- Do you have and intention for the viewer of your work?
5- What is your ultimate goal in creating activist artwork?
6- What do you do with your artwork? why? Including Deviantart, what platforms do you use? why?
7- What are your goals for the future of your artwork?
8- What other activist activities, research, etc. do you engage in, and do they inform your work? Or vice versa?

Least of these (6) by PennyDiamond Least of these (5) by PennyDiamond
:iconpennydiamond: PennyDiamond
1. My work is definitely a therapy.
2. I think the driving force behind my work tends to be a desire to release negative feelings.
3. A small percentage currently, but I'm hoping to do more activist related work.
4. Yes. I want my viewer to have the opportunity to see the world in a different light.
5. My ultimate goal as it relates to my activist art is to force people to confront issues and problems that they avoid or distort.
6. I put my work on Deviantart. I don't use any other platforms. I want as many people as possible to see my work, but I am also a student, and don't have an incredible amount of time to dedicate to promoting my work.
7. I'm not really sure, I'll get there when I get there I guess.
9. A lot of my work is based of off emotional reactions I have in my history classes.

Please Take What You Need by UEY-S Thanks... by UEY-S
:iconuey-s: UEY-S
1- All of the above.
~I love it, I love creating, I love designing, illustrating & now coding websites. One of the happiest things in life for me is creating art & the feeling you get when it's finished. I could not live without creating art, it is freedom for me.
~It is most definitely an exploration of one's imagination & dreams. I also love exploring/learning different styles & fields.
~Creating art is most definitely a tool. I'm a Graphic Designer / Web Developer & I use it as a tool to make a living. Creating art is also a very effective tool for communicating to our society or simply communicating my love to family & loved ones (doodles on cards, illustrating stories of me & my loved ones, my thank you artwork, etc).

2-Love for creating art & bringing ideas / imagination into reality. I feel I was born to create art, it is my gift & my best tool. My activist work is done to communicate to the public.. to provoke positive stimulation in our collective consciousness, to promote love & spread truth. Since my artwork reaches a much bigger audience than my voice alone, especially being out on the internet.. the best way to reach the most people for me, is through art. I feel it is my duty to use my gift, to spread meaningful awarenesses, truth, positivity & love into our collective consciousness. I often think, maybe that's why this gift was given to me by the universe.

3-A low percentage. I've only recently started focusing more of my art on creating awareness.. it has mostly being a tool of entertainment & earning a living. And since I have worked on thousands & thousands of prints and other designs.. the ratio is immensely outnumbered. But I have a whole stack of activist ideas to create & spread, there is a lot more coming, till the day I die I assume.

4- There are many for my activist work.
~Hopefully... as they say, to "wake them up". Little by little.. those that are not yet aware of our true global troubles / threats & our incredibly better / healthier possibilities of living (that are often being denied & repressed on purpose) as human beings & a collective society on Earth... those that are not yet aware.. will eventually pick it up from a collection of other stimulative thoughts, my artwork will play another helpful piece in the mind's mosaic for them.
~My activist artwork will also help support others that are already aware. It is a tool for THEM to spread & share. It also plays a mental support that they are not alone & there are others working for the better of everyone.
~And of course, I hope for the viewer to start being a bit more nicer & friendlier to those around them. To be more intuitive. To be encouraged to learn on their own. To question things for themselves. To think. To love.

5-Everything I just listed for the previous question. To get people aware, to love & to work towards are better future for everyone on Earth. To hopefully one day, stop living in a society that "functions" on a purposely faulty system that screws the world & only truly helps a few. I doubt that will happen in my lifetime.. but the good news is, we will either wipe ourselves out as a species that doesn't work with the rest of the universe.. or we'll make the effort to live in a way that functions & doesn't destroy itself.

6- What don't I do with my artwork and designs is an easier question. It goes around the world, it gets sold, gets tattooed, goes on book, magazine & album covers, becomes websites, gets shared on websites, goes on my walls & the walls on the streets, it gets passed as presents & jokes & a whole lot more.
~What other artwork websites do I use other than DeviantArt? Mostly DA (to get criticism on my work & learn other styles), Redbubble (to sell my art), Designers Couch (promotion & get more criticism) & Dream up (commission jobs). And I think I'll be creating a tumbler account.

7-Answer number four & five for my activist work. For my other work.. for my artworks to get better.

~Street Art (pastes). Occasionally supporting a rally/march. Conversing with people.
~Research?? Loads.. reading books, watching documentaries, browsing websites & talking to people. I love it & get obsessed with it... I've just had a hard time for the past year or so. Haven't had much free time.

Children of War by Lulu2222 Hope ! by Lulu2222
:iconlulu2222: Lulu2222
1- What is your relationship to your work? Is it a therapy, an exploration, a tool, etc?
I draw to express an idea that never been told and draw an emotions that never been felt!
Well for me drawing is a thing that relaxes me! So I won't feel guilty for not doing anything productive but at the same time I can let my mind wander and to live in my own world after a long day full of stresses

2- What is the driving force behind your work?
As I mentioned before I draw to express idea and thoughts

3- What percentage of your work is based on activism/awareness issues? How does activism and awareness relate to your artistic goals as a whole?
Maybe about 30% or less of my artwork based on activism. Passion derives from awareness. Once you're aware of something in the world that you believe needs fixing, changing, or overhauling, that awareness will follow you constantly and cause you to see the need everywhere, bringing a sense of responsibility with it. Activism may be about changing thinking slowly rather than achieving the actual change you'd like to see. So always believe that you can make a difference through your talents like writing, teaching, speaking, planning events, or art.

4- Do you have an intention for the viewer of your work?
My intention is to take the viewer on a visual journey where they draw their own concepts and ideas of what they see or experience.

5- What is your ultimate goal in creating activist artwork?
If art can inspire kids enough to keep out of gangs, it can inspire adults to make the right decisions, too, So my real goal in creating these artwork is to spread peace through them ! and to explain how wars/violence cannot solve problems that exist in the world.

6- What do you do with your artwork? why? Including Deviantart, what platforms do you use? why?
I’m currently using some social networking as twitter and Facebook to spread these anti-war msg. beside DeviantArt and tumblr since these websites had more viewers who are mostly of the younger age group. Watching, reading, or examining the news is the best way to gauge the viewers deal with the information and this what we need is to provide the right information through Art.

7- What are your goals for the future of your artwork?
My real goal behind my artwork is to spread peace and love.

8- What other activist activities, research, etc. do you engage in, and do they inform your work? Or vice versa?
Actually am not engaged in any activist activities, since am full time working so I have no time to do so .. I just draw whenever I have free time and publish them through the internet because it’s easier to be seen by many people especially for those who are interested in activism.

Believe by Thylacinus1 I feel a soul. by Thylacinus1
:iconthylacinus1: Thylacinus1
1- My relation to my work is advocacy. I have always had a passion for animals and nature, so of course I stand against cruelty etc, I want to get the message out there so other people are aware too.
2- My love for nature and animals is the driving force behind my work.
3- Most of my work is advocacy related, or awareness, but I do some photography and traditional art that is not so much advocacy, just nature related.
4- I intend to educate my viewer, and hopefully they will advocate in return, making a difference!
5-My ultimate goal is to make a difference, to educate and advocate.
7- I only hope to improve myself, I hope to always advocate for awareness.
8- I do a lot of research into my work, whether it be over the internet, reading reports in literature, or documentaries (or even self experience). I do this not only for my own education and passion, but so that my art is more true and effective and so that I may properly educate my viewers.

Thank you to all of the artists that responded! Each one's role in activism is different, but the goal is the same, to make our wold a more compassionate and peaceful place. It is interesting to see the may ways we approach this.
I will continue to dive into this topic to try and learn what roles in activism artists take on and most importantly, why. In the meantime I hope you have enjoyed this feature, and here is some further reading on more activist artists:

Featured Activist Artist: Kehinde WileyWiley’s work addresses issues such as racism and culture, but I believe that activist artists working for any cause could learn a thing or two from this man. He paints African-Americans and other racial minorities in heroic poses, often borrowed from classical paintings of the royal, rich or affluent. The art historical references of the familiar poses and naturalistic manner in which the figures are painted clash with the other elements: the figure which should be an old English noble has been replaced by a modern-day African-American man while vibrant flower patterns tangle in the background and reach into the foreground. This combination of elements is supposed to create a conflict in the mind of the viewer. The viewers are called to investigate the cause of their confusion, and are often challenged to confront their own prejudices. What makes him so successful, I believe, is the “language” that he chooses to use in his art. Appropriating from art history has pr Featured Activist Artist: Jenny HolzerJenny Holzer was born in the 1950’s and her work, though diverse, almost always incorporates text and almost always utilizes the public space. I appreciate the simplicity of the pieces and the impact that the work has because of it. There are no expressive brush strokes here, no artist’s hand at all in fact, but Holzer is either uninterested in that kind of expression or at least selflessly withholds herself from it. By the way she chooses to work, by stripping the work down to its bare essentials, she is able to (in my opinion) successfully push the pieces to their full potential and maximize effectiveness (projecting text on the facades of buildings, putting up billboards, drawing interest with neon and light or making us want to know what the actual text is on those blotched out government documents). I think that regardless of whatever messages that Holzer conveys in her work, the way that she chooses to go about making and presenting the work just by itself is the mo Featured Activist Artist: Ai Weiwei
He is the epitome of a political activist artist in my opinion. He is the first example I give people when I talk about SERIOUS activist artists. Without even seeking out information, he is the first activist artist I became aware of. I remember hearing in April of last year that a provocative Chinese artist had been wrongfully arrested. That in itself was enough to get me on Google to find out more. By arresting Ai, the Chinese government seemed to have succeeded in actually aiding him in his cause. The story circulated out of China and into other countries, and all over the world people protested for his release (which eventually happened three months later, in June of 2011).
Besides his outstanding commitment and passion for his work which in and of itself puts him at the top of my list of activist artists that are really good at what they do, he also employs a lot of tactics in his work that I think make his message very loud. As he works to talk about Chinese cult

Answer these questions yourself in the comments below!

In other news, mail your artwork to Florida anyone?
Interested in showing your conservation/nature-themed activist artwork in the Wynwood District of Miami during Art Basel this year? Art Basel Miami is, I believe, the second largest art show in the world after Art Basel in France....believe it or not. The amount of artwork in south Florida during this time is staggering. Satellite shows pop up all over Miami and the Wynwood District sports some of the best modern-day artists, with galleries traveling with their artwork from around the world just to sell anywhere near Art Basel. Likewise, collectors travel from around the world to buy art. In other words, its a pretty big deal to be showing your artwork around Art Basel. Art 4 Apes is hosting a juried art show with all proceeds going to benefit The Center for Great Apes’ whose 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 theme of the show is to interpretation! Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Submissions are being accepted until October 3rd
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This group is for anyone who is interested in non-violence. We are DA's activists, "conceptual artists", and people who believe the world can be made a more peaceful and loving place through art. "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, mingle with 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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