Activist art can capture our attention and raise awareness about social justice issues, inspire viewers to think critically and present creative strategies that could ignite change in the world.

There are lots of ways you can get your art seen.
Here’s a little guide to using visual art:

  1. Decide on the message and meaning of your art piece
  2. Research how other artists have tackled this issue
  3. Choose the best media for expressing yourself: painting, photography, digital art, drawing, collage, sculpture, textiles, or some other creative and dynamic form
  4. Create!
  5. Replicate! Take a picture of it that you can share on social media. Print posters. Print and cut up into little flyers.
  6. Include a way for folks to get more info about the issue or how to contact you – website, hashtag, email address
  7. Share it! Post to social media. Distribute flyers in public spaces. Tape up posters around town in strategic locations based on who needs to see it.

There are lots of ways that you can use your visual art talents in your campaign. A few examples:

Murals can transform public spaces by interrupting the mundane and boring with colorful bursts of creative storytelling.

Groundswell Community Mural Project has created more than 500 public murals completed by groups of youth and professional artists, in collaboration with more than 300 community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, and government agencies throughout New York City. These compelling artworks demonstrate our enduring belief that art creates community and community creates change.
Also, check out The Great Wall of Los Angeles, probably the most extraordinary public mural ever created! It was conceived by SPARC’s artistic director, Chicana artist Judy Bacas, and designed and painted by a team of 400 young “Mural Makers” and 35 other artists. A half mile long, it tells the entire complicated history of LA. Truly amazing.
Graffiti art is another public art form that has a vibrant and activist history. Often critiqued as “amateur” and definitely illegal in many places, graffiti can be a bold format for making a statement on public property. If you’re interested in tagging and decorating public walls and sidewalks, try washable chalk – and check with the local police department to make sure you are not breaking the law!

Explore this visual showcase of activist art from around the world. It includes pages on music, visual art, poetry, performance, art, animation, puppets and protest signs.

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