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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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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.
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"There are lots of ARTFUL (and often humorous) performances as activism approaches that don't require hundreds of thousands of people in the streets! Check out these from the Waging Nonviolence people! They say: "...too often we use marches and rallies in place of any other public action to put pressure on decision-makers and build support for our campaign. They’re good for partying or as a mass mobilization after grassroots support is built — but there are many more effective ways to create low-risk opportunities for gathering people together..."…

^Read the full article here (copied from Waging Nonviolence below)

"On an ordinary Tuesday evening in April 2007, dozens of union janitors gathered outside a downtown office building in Sydney, Australia, to celebrate a victory: After a long fight, another cleaning contractor had agreed to sign up with the janitors’ union. Singing “Don’t Stop the Cleaners” to the tune of “Don’t Stop Believin’” and pounding drums and shaking noisemakers, the assembled janitors listened to union leaders talk about their next target: the cleaning contractor of that very office building in front of them, which was still nonunion. After sending this message, cheering and chanting, the group marched back to the union office for a celebratory barbecue.

As this example shows, marches and rallies can be a great way to celebrate a big campaign victory (and gear up for the next one). They’re accessible, often relatively simple to plan, and can easily incorporate participation from many kinds of people. Good marches and rallies have a few functions. They can be a good place to announce you’ve reached a new stage, or otherwise serve as a movement’s marking point, such as the 1963 March on Washington. They can inspire your grassroots base with new energy. Or, ideally, they can move you past the finish line and into your campaign victory lap.

But too often we use marches and rallies in place of any other public action to put pressure on decision-makers and build support for our campaign. They’re good for partying or as a mass mobilization after grassroots support is built — but there are many more effective ways to create low-risk opportunities for gathering people together. On the heels of the People’s Climate March last weekend, where more than 300,000 people gathered to demand international action on climate change, it’s important to take the time to reflect on what marches can accomplish — and what other tactics can be used instead.

Using a march to shift the movement

First, it’s important to say why the People’s Climate March might fit this framework of using a march to shift a movement, and why it might be different. Some people who participated in the event hoped the event’s large scale plus its timing days before the U.N. Climate Summit would allow the march to become a lever on public consciousness, further pushing public opinion to the left, and indirectly putting pressure on elected leaders. But the organizers more clearly framed it as an organizing and alliance-building opportunity. Perhaps most importantly, the organizers sought to highlight the work of Climate Justice Alliance, or CJA, members representing indigenous communities and other communities of color who are the hardest-hit by climate change. (The CJA also used the action to connect with other international movements at a People’s Climate Justice Summit.) The organizers even tried to embody their principles and vision for change with the march lineup itself, and with innovative components like creating a “climate ribbon” — a participatory art-activist installation that drew out the stories of those present — and by ending the march with a huge block party instead of a rally with a long list of speakers. In fact, the ripple effects from the march may end up being most powerful inside the climate movement itself: embodying a new way of taking leadership from and honoring the struggles of working-class communities of color, while emphasizing grassroots participation and action, rather than individual movement leaders.

Ultimately, this march, as with many large-scale marches, was most valuable as a tactic for its ability to gather hundreds of thousands to a low-barrier, low-risk action. Hopefully, many experienced renewed commitment to the movement or to a specific campaign. They built new relationships and deepened others; and for some, participating in a march may have set them up to take a higher-risk or more confrontational action later.

Why not march or rally?

But aside from examples like the People’s Climate March, rallies and marches often don’t live up to their name. They require more energy to organize than they create, they don’t set us up for other actions and they rarely put significant pressure on our targets.

Rallies and marches may help us gather a lot of people together in one place, but there are many drawbacks to using them to push a campaign forward. First off, rallies and marches aren’t participatory: We get all of our people to show up, our base and the allies we want to inspire, and then at best they are asked to march from one location to another, sign a postcard or tweet a hashtag. They’re also easy to ignore, especially since most take place at the seat of government or another official building designed to insulate public officials and CEOs from mass movements.

Even when we have thousands of people outside City Hall, there’s no guarantee our targets had to move through us to enter, or even noticed us. Similarly, they aren’t newsworthy. The press emphasize how many people showed up, so the media (particularly national outlets) often only cover the issue as a testament to the newsworthiness of the movement, not the tactic itself.

Perhaps the biggest problem with rallies or marches is that they represent business as usual, channeling large amounts of people power into a non-confrontation event that doesn’t interrupt the business of making war, or mountaintop removal, or the backdoor dealings of shady city councilmembers with real estate developers. They don’t demonstrate our power to create the changes we want to see. Unless they are specifically prohibited, they don’t expose repressive governments.

Finally, these events just aren’t that exciting. But what if people looked forward to a rally or a march the way they looked forward to going to a dance performance, a quinceañera, or another participatory event?

Low-risk alternatives

There are plenty of options to build momentum for our campaigns and gather people together for a low-risk and fun event, while dramatizing some part of our visions and our power to create change. Here are eight ideas drawn from organizations I know.

1. Hold a public drag show

septa 1Philadelphia transgender activists petitioning the SEPTA transit system to remove “M” and “F” gender stickers from passes held a “SEPTA is a Drag” protest at one of the system’s busiest subway stations during evening rush hour. They encouraged allies to show up in fancy attire and with sign-painted slogans like, “What’s in your pants? SEPTA wants to know.”

2. Or perhaps a public walkout

In D.C.. more than 100 activists walked out of a city council meeting, leaving beyond placards that spelled out “New Taxes Now.” (WNV)
In Washington, D.C., housing and labor activists filled more than 100 seats at a City Council hearing where the mayor testified on his new safety net budget cuts. Since he wouldn’t listen to the people, they walked out on him en masse, with posters left on their empty chairs spelling out “New Taxes Now,” and held their own pep rally in the hallway outside the hearing room to highlight the cuts, recommit to the struggle and launch councilmember delegation visits.

3. Organize a public memorial service

Activists created a memorial honoring trade unionists who had been killed by corporate-backed paramilitaries in Colombia near the U.S. Capitol to protest a proposed free-trade agreement.
As part of a week of actions, undocumented activists in Austin, Texas, held a “remembrance vigil” at the Travis County Sheriff’s headquarters, complete with large altars filled with pictures and candles, to remember family members who had been deported thanks to the sheriff’s partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. And when the Colombian Embassy erected massive heart sculptures in the District of Columbia to lobby for a free trade agreement, activists turned one of them near the U.S. Capitol into a memorial honoring trade unionists who had been killed by corporate-backed paramilitaries, and invited U.S. labor leaders to gather with wreaths and flowers.

4. Host a “pledge-in”

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Organizers in Austin, Texas, hosted a “Pledge In” where participants vowed to continue the struggle for migrant justice. (WNV)
Also in Austin, undocumented organizers held a “Pledge-In” (“Te Reto y Me Comprometo”) before a City Council vote on the local police-ICE partnership. Led by game show hosts who led “the game that’s sweeping the city,” people who had gathered were encouraged to write giant “pledge cards” of the actions they would take to stop deportations whether or not the City Council voted their way.

5. Or a “sleep-in”

Families in D.C. staged a “sleep-in” outside City Hall to demand housing justice. (WNV)
To dramatize housing cuts as part of a larger demonstration, the children of Washington, D.C., tenant leaders invited people to bring their pajamas and blankets — with signs attached representing how they would be impacted — to the front steps of D.C.’s City Hall for a “sleep-in” — though, they didn’t stay the night. New York’s Picture the Homeless has also held overnight sleep-ins to call attention to the city’s housing policies.

6. Throw a “thank you for having a heart” Valentine’s Day flashmob

The same Austin group invited supporters to assemble at the County Commission building on Valentine’s Day afternoon to surprise-visit commissioners, thanking them (“in advance, because we know you’ll do the right thing”) for opposing the sheriff’s deportation program. Dozens dropped-in on the commissioners with personalized valentine’s cards written by the children of undocumented activists, and then performed a “thank you” song and dance routine in the atrium, to the tune of “Thank You for Being a Friend.”

7. Organize a public “caping”

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Councilmembers in D.C. wore the capes that organizers had brought to celebrate their support for a tax increase on the top 2 percent. (WNV)
Washington, D.C.’s Save Our Safety Net campaign emphasized the everyday “superheroes” fighting for city childcare subsidies and to hold landlords accountable, and wanted to win a new tax increase on the top 2 percent — which had never been won through a grassroots campaign. To acknowledge councilmembers who had pledged to vote for the tax increase, and put pressure on the others, they invited supporters to attend a “caping” before the beginning of a closed-door budget negotiation, where the four councilmembers continued to wear their “superhero capes.”

8. Publicly fax an ultimatum

Back in Philadelphia, anti-casino organizers invited allies to join them in launching their two-month campaign to force the Pennsylvania governor to release neighborhood planning documents by faxing an ultimatum from the pro-casino mayor’s office to the pro-casino governor’s office, thereby drawing the connection between the two, given that reporters weren’t doing a good job. (The mayor had not yet been implicated publicly as one of the pro-casino culprits.) After a short press conference at City Hall, Casino-Free Philadelphia organizers walked upstairs to the mayor’s office to fax an ultimatum to the governor, giving him six weeks to turn over the documents, with reporters and allies in tow. (And yes, the confused mayoral staffers let them use the fax machine.)

A few principles

These examples share several principles for action design. First off, the action focuses on goals first, and the tactics second. In other words, instead of planning around a catch-all tactic like a rally, the organizers chose a public action that would build pressure on campaign targets while encouraging creative participation.

Secondly, the action itself tells a story without needing to rely on passersby sticking around to hear a speech, and since the tactic is more innovative, it’s more likely to draw coverage from curious reporters. Third, the action incorporates participatory movement: dancing, walking out, holding banners as part of a “game show” backdrop, or calling a decision-maker simultaneously.

Finally, these actions consider consider the needs of the participants and recognize that access — whether it’s translating the materials into all necessary languages or coordinating an action that everyone can participate in, regardless of physical abilities — is justice.

According to People’s Climate March organizers, over 2,800 solidarity actions took place around the world; hundreds of those were in North America. Having demonstrated collective visibility, it’s time to get back to the work of #WalkingTheWalk, as one hashtag put it that weekend. And this time, we would be better off not marching or rallying."
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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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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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