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Call for Mail Art (24 hour RSVP!)

Posted August 19, 2014 by shaun in Calls for Art

The folks at Franklin Street Works commissioned artist David Horvitz to create a mail art call for Zanna Gilbert and Brian Droitcour's exhibition "It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information" opening next month. Here is the email he sent out this morning. You have until 6:57 am tomorrow to RSVP. Please distribute! Ferdinand_Cheval.jpg

"This is being sent at 6:57am EDT in Brooklyn, New York.

It is the morning.

I have been asked to create a mail-art call for an exhibition taking place September 6 to November 9 at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. In the tradition of mail-art calls the call is open to anyone. All works must be submitted through the postal mail. All works will be hung in the gallery. Every artist’s name will be listed in the exhibition, and on the gallery’s web-site. A digital catalog will be made documenting all the received artworks..."

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People's Climate Sporitorium May 18th NYC

Posted May 13, 2014 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

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Call for artwork and support of the Never Alone campaign

Posted April 16, 2014 by k_c_ in Art & Politics

This year on June 11 - the International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid & all Eco-prisoners - we will be running the 2nd annual Never Alone online exhibition. It will serve as an avenue not only for fundraising for these political prisoners, but as a way to reach out informatively to a broad audience on issues of earth & animal liberation and state captivity. We would love to invite you to contribute an artwork to this exhibition.

Submit work by May 1, 2014

All funds raised will go to the support funds of political prisoners Marie Mason and Eric McDavid.

You can help promote the exhibition. [Download] the quarter page flier and use it for tabling and display in public spaces.

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Political Art Call for Entries "Exuberant Politics"

Posted October 11, 2013 by meredith_stern in Art & Politics

Exuberant Politics Exhibition

Call for Entries Deadline: December 15, 2013

Send your revolutionary manifesto, your conceptual social sculpture, your political poems, your utopian films and videos, your musical anthems. Enter your political rally poster, your activist website, your play, performance, print, painting or puppet in the show “Exuberant Politics.”
EP celebrates the intersection of art and activism in new forms of creative direct action and organizing, street theater and the art of protest, and social justice political activism.
You or your groups’ artistic political “exuberance” can be expressed in any format, medium or size, but be aware that there is limited floor/wall space in our galleries. We may choose to recognize selected off-site proposals and projects, so please consider a proposal to organize an “exuberant” event in your backyard, neighborhood or locale.


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Comics for Change

Posted April 29, 2013 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just in from Marc Moscato and the crew that brought you the new Dil Pickle Club:

Open Call for Labor Memes

Posted April 23, 2013 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

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IN HONOR OF MAY DAY
INTERFERENCE ARCHIVE OPEN CALL FOR MEMES

For an upcoming exhibition about work stoppage—Strike Then, Strike Now!—we need your made and found memes depicting labor, bosses, anti-work sentiments, strike, etc! Memes will be exhibited anonymously on continuous loop via computer screen on view from May 3–July 31, 2013 at Interference Archive. More about the exhibition at Interferencearchive.org

SEND MEMES: collect@interferencearchive.org
DEADLINE: midnight on Friday, April 26, 2013

Exuberant Politics: Call

Posted March 15, 2013 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

exuberantpolitics_thumb.jpegCall for Film/Video Programs: Exuberant Politics
Deadline: April 21, 2013

An exuberant politics is exhortative, celebratory, evocative.
It is foot-stomping, lung-splitting, booty-shaking.
It’s in your face, your backyard, your neighborhood, your watershed, your continent.
It’s planetary, and it’s right here.
It is direct, but it likes to dance.
It’s exuberant, and it starts with you.

“Exuberant Politics” is issuing a call for film/video programmers, activist archivists, and DIY curators to propose 70-90 minute programs of moving image work featuring exuberant, vivacious, and creative responses to historical and contemporary political issues.

Proposed programs could map a historical arc or be based around specific topics, like “exuberant pacifism,” or “rocking reproductive righteousness.” We are particularly interested in proposals that combine projects by politically-engaged artists’ with creative activism undertaken by people who do not identify as artists. Programs may include performance or protest actions documented by video, as well as work taking film/video as its primary medium.

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Propose a Session for AMC 2013!

Posted March 9, 2013 by bec_young in Calls for Art

The deadline for proposals has been extended to Sunday night, March 10th, at midnight EST!
The Allied Media Conference is a dynamic gathering of all types of non-mainstream media makers; everything from print to radio to dance is represented. Folks learn how to build websites, make zines, or just how to communicate in this crazy world. I am on a fantastic team of people helping with the Transformative Art Practice Space. If you can be in Detroit at the end of June and have a great idea for a workshop, please apply!

send art/donate to "Fire! Fire! Benefit for those Affected by the Center Street Fire in Riverwest"

Posted August 1, 2012 by nicolas_lampert in Calls for Art

fire-1.jpgA few weeks back one of Milwaukee's most vibrant artist buildings in the Riverwest neighborhood was destroyed by fire. Thankfully no one was seriously injured but upwards of twenty artists and residents lost everything to smoke and water damage. Also destroyed were two alternative gallery spaces and a car repair shop.

The Milwaukee community has gone into high gear to help raise funds for the artists, residents, and workers of the building. Please consider donating to the paypal fund or sending art to an upcoming auction taking place at Sweet Water Organics, 2151 S. Robinson Ave. on Aug. 4, from 6 to 11 p.m. The event will benefit the artists and others affected by the fire. Details after the break.

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Calling All Artists! Mayday Posters Needed!

Posted March 8, 2012 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

Occuprint_StrikeCall_color.jpgOccuprint.org is collecting dozens of free, downloadable posters in support of the different calls for a General Strike on May 1st. More info on the flyer to the right, which can be clicked on, downloaded, and printed out to distribute to friends. A black and white version for photocopying is below if you click the "Read the rest of the entry" link.

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Calling Female Graphic Artists!

Posted September 21, 2011 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

GraphicWork_Schulman2011.jpgBack in 2007 I curated an exhibition with my friend Zoeann Murphy at the Workforce Development Institute called Graphic Work: Imaging Today’s Labor Movement. It was a great show, and the WDI is working on another one, this time around the role of women in the labor movement. Check out their call:

Workforce Development’s Art of Labor project seeks Graphic Posters made by women with the theme “Women and Work.” Please interpret this theme as you desire and send existing artwork is encouraged.

*5 finalists will receive:
• $100 prize
• Professional prints of your poster (amount TBD)
• One set of winning posters.
• Premiere exhibition at WDI’s Women’s Initiative conference on March 2012
• Distribution though WDI
• Your poster design (digital and print) will be archived in NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Archives.

*All poster submissions (1 per artist) will be exhibited at March event & archived at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Archives in NYC

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Calling visual artists to exhibit in pro-migrant cultural event in LA on July 29th!

Posted July 11, 2011 by Favianna_Rodriguez in Calls for Art

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Attention Fellow Visual Artists:

Are you a visual artist that fights for Human Rights? Do you have art work about migrants, immigration, day laborers, DREAM Act students, borders, raids, anti-militarization of the border, coming out undocumented, or any other issue related to migrant rights?

If yes, than keep reading...

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Second Annual Black August Art Exhibition

Posted June 28, 2011 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

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This just in:
OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS

The creative team of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) and the Brecht Forum are seeking art of various mediums including, but not limited photography, drawings, sculptures, paintings, collages, live-art, and other forms of for the Second Annual Black August Art Exhibition. The exhibition will take place on August 20, 2011 6:00pm-11:00pm at the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street between Bank and Bethune.The Black August Art Exhibition is an excellent opportunity for artists of Afrikan descent to demonstrate the ways in which they address historical and/or contemporary realities of Black people around the world. Black August is a time to STUDY AND PRACTICE EDUCATION AND OUTREACH ABOUT OUR HISTORY AND THE CURRENT CONDITIONS OF OUR PEOPLE. This call is to invite you to engage in a visual dialogue around Black August.

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Imaging Apartheid Call for Posters Extended

Posted April 29, 2011 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

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Justseeds is one of a crew of supporters for the upcoming Imaging Apartheid Poster Project. Please check out the call below, and submit poster designs! The call has been extended, the final deadline for submissions is now June 20th.

Call for Submissions

As the global movement in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation continues to grow, we are calling on graphic designers and artists to submit their work to IMAGING APARTHEID: the Poster Project for Palestine.

Twenty-one posters will be selected from submissions collected from around the world to be either silk-screen or offset printed for exhibition in Montreal, and distribution internationally. Works will be selected by a jury of artists, graphic designers and social justice activists.

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Call for Art - Certain Days Calendar

Posted April 11, 2011 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, 2012
Deadline: May 20th 2011
Theme: COINTELPRO, then and now, repression and resistance

The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective (www.certaindays.org) will be releasing its 11th calendar in fall 2011. Over the years, we’ve turned our attention to various themes: grassroots organizing, the legacy of the Black Panther Party, and indigenous resistance. This year we are looking at the legacy of COINTELPRO, both historically and in contemporary contexts, and how movements have resisted state repression. (more information on COINTELPRO below)

We are looking for 12 works of art to feature in the calendar, which hangs in more than 2,000 homes, workplaces, and community spaces. We encourage artists to submit both new and existing work.

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Chicago Anarchist Film Fest 2011

Posted February 26, 2011 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

chianarchofilmfest2011.jpgThe Chicago Anarchist Film Fest is looking for films to show during its 11th annual festival this coming May:

For the 11th year the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival will present a sample of films culled from mainstream sources, rediscovered classics and the works of filmmakers engaged in providing entertainment, documenting social change, and projecting a world that could be. Chicago Anarchist Film Festival organizers seek un- and under-distributed films and videos to include in the May 2011 Chicago Anarchist Film Festival. We also welcome suggestions for titles that may inadvertently allow anarchy to seep through the cracks of the status quo. Movie collage, music videos and trailers for works-in-progress will also be considered. This is a film festival with an anarchist vision. We invite you to share your images and stories that reveal and invigorate a rich anarchist presence in society.

You can find out more, and download an entry form, HERE.

Call for Artists for DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) in RI

Posted November 19, 2010 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

DARE, a rad grassroots organization in RI seeks art for their cover for their 25th Anniversary Adbook.

"Can you believe DARE has been fighting the man or 25 years??? During our MLK Day Civil Rights Celebration we will kick off the year by giving a $100 prize (and lots of love, props, etc.) to the artist who designs this commemorative poster. We will also use the poster as the cover of our 25th Anniversary Adbook, which will be launched at our big gala event in September. Please spread the word and/or break out your skills! You might just hang on the walls at DARE, beside Malcolm, Che, and some other goodies."

Direct Action for Rights and Equality
340 Lockwood Street
Providence, RI 02907

Imaging Apartheid Call

Posted November 19, 2010 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

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Justseeds is one of a crew of supporters for the upcoming Imaging Apartheid Poster Project. Please check out the call below, and submit poster designs!

Call for Submissions

As the global movement in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation continues to grow, we are calling on graphic designers and artists to submit their work to IMAGING APARTHEID: the Poster Project for Palestine.

Twenty-one posters will be selected from submissions collected from around the world to be either silk-screen or offset printed for exhibition in Montreal, and distribution internationally. Works will be selected by a jury of artists, graphic designers and social justice activists.

Street level art work and design has consistently played a critical role within international solidarity movements throughout the world: from the powerful poster art published by the Black Panthers in the late 1960s; to the striking design work created by artists inspired by the Africa National Congress (ANC) and the global movement against apartheid in South Africa; to poster art created to support the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).

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call for artists

Posted November 16, 2010 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just in:

looking for artists to participate in our 2011 ART SHOW & FUNDRAISER.

Mandela House, which helps trauma survivors, specifically focusing on sexual & gender-based violence, will be highlighting their programs in april 2011 via an ART SHOW/FUNDRAISER.

from the call:

artists--using yoga mats as their canvas--created beautiful pieces for the show. some designs were even chosen for the new KULAE MANDALA BAG. there were lots of ‘mandala-inspired’ designs, as well as imagery rooted in nature. what will you create?

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Convocatoria Gráfica frente a las movilizaciones contra el COP16

Posted October 20, 2010 by santi in Events

Convocatoria para enviar gráfica copyleft para pegotes y esténciles en el
marco de las movilizaciones contra la COP16, bajo la consigna: “No al
cambio climático, si al cambio sistémico, No a la destrucción ambiental,
si a la destrucción del capital”. Cierre de convocatoria: 25 de octubre de
2010. Se imprimirá una selección de las imágenes, y todas se subirán a la
página web de la convocatoria: http://espora.org/adao.

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Chicago In War: November 2010 (call for art, essays)

Posted September 30, 2010 by nicolas_lampert in Calls for Art

Chicago in War is a series of events, art shows, and performances that explores the continued rupturing of the traumas of war in everyday America.

We are seeking your participation.

Chicago is in a war. The occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan have and will continue to leave deep scars in our hearts and minds; and for some of us these scars are emblazoned on our physical bodies and memories. Too often these occupations are swept from our conscience, into the alleys of our streets, into the corners of our city and our collective minds. If they are ever to come to end, their myriad effects must be recognized, unearthed, uncovered, demystified , and exposed!

We are calling on you to help bring the wars into the spotlight, gather the people, open the spaces and ask our city to listen!

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Alto Arizona Art Campaign

Posted May 11, 2010 by k_c_ in Art & Politics

Justseeds_Jesus_deporten_migra.jpgThere is a large gallery of some incredible designs, responding to the Arizona legislation SB 1070, over at Alto Arizona and in their Facebook page.

Arizona is on the verge of enacting the most anti-immigrant legislation the country has seen in a generation, SB 1070. This is a bill which apparently mandates racial profiling. This bill allows Arizona law enforcement stop and search any person that they have “probable suspicion” may be “illegal”. SB 1070 is quite literally intended to terrorize immigrant families and force “self deportation”.

We are hopeful Governor Brewer will consult with her legal counsel, issue a veto, and spare Arizona the expense of defending an unconstitutional, unwise, and odious bill in federal courts. But we will not rely solely on hope. We urge all artists who are opponents of this bill to TAKE ACTION and create a IMAGE. The images will be used as part of our online viral campaign for ALTO ARIZONA. Selected images will eventually be published as prints to generate revenue for this campaign with consent of the artist.

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Create an image that shows your opposition to SB 1070. Keep in mind the effect that this bill will have on immigrants if fully enforced.
Make sure to include the title of the bill in the work which is: “SB 1070”.
Send all submissions and questions to
orders (at) hechoconganas.com

Specifications:
Image size must be 18x24 inches with a 1/2 inch border all the way around.
The reason for these dimensions is because if in the future your image is chosen to be published the image is ready to go.

Jesus Barraza & Melanie Cervantes designs above.

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Call for Posters: Out of the Closet & Into the Street

Posted May 7, 2010 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just in:

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Call for Posters!
Out of the Closet & Into the Street: Posters of LGBT Struggles & Celebration
July 3 - September 26, 2010
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, West Hollywood, CA

The Center for the Study of Political Graphics is creating a new dynamic political poster exhibition documenting the ongoing struggles, and celebrating the victories of the local, national and international Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

We are asking artists, organizations, and activists for donations of LGBT related posters, new and old, to assist CSPG staff in curating the most comprehensive contemporary exhibition possible.

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Certain Days Calendar Call for Submissions

Posted April 17, 2010 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

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It's that time of year again, people are pulling together work for their 2011 calendars. One of our favorites, Certain Days, just sent out this call for artwork. Give it a read and send something in!:

Call for Artwork Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar, 2011 Deadline: May 1st, 2010 Art in honour of political prisoners and prisoners of war and their struggles, work and victories The Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners Calendar collective (www.certaindays.org) is excited to celebrate our tenth calendar (2011), which will be released in fall 2010. Over the years, we’ve turned our attention to various themes: grassroots organizing, the legacy of the Black Panther Party, and indigenous resistance. For our tenth anniversary, we are assembling a calendar that returns to the topic of political prisoners and prisoners of war (PP/POWs), and examines their struggles, victories and ongoing work.

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Call for T-Shirt Designs

Posted March 26, 2010 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

Our friends over at Liberation Ink have a contest running to get and print great designs for US Social Forum t-shirts for Detroit. Here's the call:

Have you ever dreamed of seeing one of your designs on a Liberation Ink t-shirt? This could be your chance. For the first time ever, Liberation Ink is holding an open t-shirt design contest.

We're inspired by the upcoming 2010 US Social Forum in Detroit, and we hope you are, too. More than 15,000 social justice organizers, activists, workers, and teachers are expected to converge in Detroit this summer because they believe that "Another World Is Possible!"

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Call for Peace Posters

Posted February 16, 2010 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

Breakdown Press in Melbourne is putting together their 4th poster series, and are looking for artists to design posters:

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The Peace Posters: Breakdown Poster Series #4

Wanted: Graphic Artists & Writers to Create Poster Designs for Social Change.
Seeking poster designs to be published on the following fascinating topics:
• Peace Building
• The Arms Trade
• Redirection of Resources
• Towards a Peaceful Society
• Militarisation of Everday Life
• Global Harmony
• Human & Environmental Impact of War

Submissions due by: 1st MAY 2010

For publication:
Black & White or Colour
Printed A2 Newsprint (42cm x 59.4cm)

To find out more about this project email us at: info@breakdownpress.org

email: JPGs to design@breakdownpress.org
post: CD or artwork to PO Box 1283 Carlton VIC 3053

To learn more about Breakdown and past poster series, go HERE.

Think Outside the Bomb (Call for Entries)

Posted February 5, 2010 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

Call for Submissions for Zine

Think Outside The Bomb, a national anti-nuclear youth network, wants to hear from you and your community about the anti-oppression struggles you are engaged in, whether they be against nuclearism, militarism & war, patriarchy, racism, capitalism, etc. This summer we are going on a three-month, 40-city tour of the USA, where we will distribute a tour zine. This zine will feature submitted poetry, essays, photos, action and campaign information, and a tour CD containing spoken word, spoken essays, and music.

How to Submit:
Please send submissions of essays, poems, short stories, information on upcoming and ongoing campaigns and actions, and other written work in digital format by the deadline to: thinkoutsidethebombtour@gmail.com. Songs, spoken pieces, photos, drawings and other digital media can also be sent to the email address. Hard copies of art works to be digitized can be sent to the mailing address listed below.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Please submit no later than March 15, 2010 Email: thinkoutsidethebombtour@gmail.com Mail: TOTB Tour Zine, 1925 Five Points Road SW Albuquerque, NM 87105

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EXTENDED time limit for Freedom for all Political Prisoners /// Graphic Campaign Call for sumbissions - Presxs políticxs libertad /// Convocatoria Gráfica

Posted January 22, 2010 by santi in Calls for Art

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Racial Justice Poster Contest

Posted January 15, 2010 by Melanie_Cervantes in Calls for Art

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The Akonadi Foundation’s mission is to support the development of powerful social change movements to eliminate structural racism and create a racially just society. Akonadi believes that racial justice movement building means communities of color lead efforts to build power, shape policy, and strengthen culture.

The Racial Justice Poster Contest is a new effort by the Akonadi Foundation to honor racial justice movement building in Oakland and inspire racial justice movement building in communities around the world. The Racial Justice Poster Contest builds on the legacy that the creation of political posters has sparked and nurtured as a part of virtually ever social movement in recent history.

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ABC no Rio Clothesline Benefit Art Sale

Posted December 3, 2009 by k_c_ in Events

Justseeds_ABC_No_RIo.pngABC No Rio, the Lower East Side gallery and arts center, is planning another Clothesline Benefit Art Sales to raise money for their Building Fund. The event will take place

December 10-11th
156 Rivington St
LES, NY

ABC No Rio is a center for the arts on the Lower East Side, founded by artists committed to an actively engaged culture and a vision of expanded possibilities for our lives, our neighborhoods, our cities and our society.

They are asking artists who support ABC No Rio to participate by donating work. Work should be no larger than 11" X 17", and limited to two works per artist. All work will be presented on clotheslines strung through No Rio's gallery space, and should be unframed, two-dimensional work.

The Clothesline Benefits prices are set at either $25 or $50, depending on the size and complexity of the work, and to be decided by you.

Work can be delivered on December 8th or 9th, between 7:00 and
9:00pm, or you can mail work to:

Clothesline Benefit ABC No Rio 156 Rivington Street New York, NY 10002

Your participation and support is crucial and important to ABC No
Rio. Please freely forward this request to friends and fellow
artists. Announcements and invitations for the Clothesline Benefit
will be sent to all participating artists. Please invite your
friends, colleagues and collaborators!

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Who the hell was Brad Will ?: Graphic Campaign (¿Quién diablos fue Brad Will?: Campaña Gráfica)

Posted October 27, 2009 by santi in Calls for Art

Who the hell was Brad Will?: Graphic Campaign
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Brad Will was an Indymedia journalist from New York City. He was shot dead in Oaxaca, Mexico on October the 27th 2006, he received two shots one to the chest and one to the abdomen when two pro-government aggressors opened fire on a barricade in the barrio of Santa Lucía del Camino. Photographs on the newspaper "El Universal" clearly show two government gunmen shooting members of the “Calicanto” barricade, leaving Brad lifeless. The two gunmen who shot at the barricade were arrested, one being the former public security director Abel Santiago Zárate, and municipal personnel chief Manuel Aguilar, however the PGJE turned the tables around and accused Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno and Miguel Cruz Moreno y a other social activists. The government is attempting to imprison the “compañeros” who share the same vision of freedom as Brad did, and have the murderous government led by Ulises Ruiz Ortiz in impunity of punishment. We are inviting you to learn about this case and demand justice. We all know that the government lies.
Join us and be part of the campaign; Who was Brad Will? We Demand Justice!

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Benefit Art Auction for Daniel McGowan: Call for Art

Posted October 19, 2009 by molly_fair in Calls for Art

solidarity_1.jpgHelp support our friend Daniel McGowan, environmental activist and political prisoner, by contributing your artwork to an art auction benefit!

CALL FOR ART:

On December 7, 2005, Daniel McGowan was among the first people arrested as part of an FBI offensive against environmental activists called "Operation Backfire", which activists have dubbed part of the Green Scare (after the Red Scare of the 40s and 50s). Daniel began serving his seven-year sentence in July 2007. In August 2008, Daniel was moved to the Communication Management Unit (CMU) in Marion, IL, a federal prison unit that bypassed the usual review process and severely restricts inmates' communication with the outside world.

To mark the four-year anniversary of Daniel's arrest, and to highlight the continued repression of activists that the federal government has labeled "terrorists," Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan will be hosting an art show, auction and raffle on Friday and Saturday, December 4th and 5th, 2009. Proceeds will go to Daniel's commissary account and a couple of his favorite environmental and social justice organizations.
We are looking for art that embodies or deals with the struggles activists face in today's climate of government repression, as well as the heart-breaking effects of prison.

On the one hand, we would like to see art that explores the themes of the Green Scare and resultant political prisoners, the government fear mongering that tries to paint radicalism as terrorism, and the resulting repression of activism. On the flip side, we encourage art that explores what is lost and what is sacrificed when we lose parts of our community to prison. This art can explore the important aspects of being human that are lost to the isolation of prison, such as communication and expression, human touch and contact, and trusting relationships with those that surround you.

Submission Guidelines: Two dimensional visual works - photography, painting, silkscreen, printmaking, collage, drawing, illustration, postcards, et cetera. Please limit the size of your submission to 24" by 36".

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2009
Original works will not be returned and unsold pieces will be sold at a future date for the same benefit.

Send work to:
Jenny Synan
c/o ADC
106 West 29th St, Ground Fl.
New York, NY 10001

For inspiration and more information on these issues, see:
http://www.supportdaniel.org
http://www.supportdaniel.org/cmu
http://www.greenisthenewred.com
http://www.abcf.net
http://www.cldc.org
http://portland.indymedia.org/en/topic/greenscare/

Peace Pentagon Competition

Posted September 29, 2009 by dara_g in Calls for Art

Peace Pentagon Competition: A CALL TO ACTION

Friends of 339 invites architects, designers, artists, engineers and multi-disciplinary teams worldwide to participate in a competition to re-imagine and rebuild the Peace Pentagon, located at 339 Lafayette Street in New York City.

This is an opportunity to give a physical form to a name in-use since this building became the center of peace-promoting activism in the 1960s. We are seeking proposals that will support and expand the work of peace activists on several scales: as a financially and ecologically sustainable building, as a means of engaging with a neighborhood that has a rich history of activism and art, and as part of an influential city that can impact thinking in far away places.

Deadline: December 9, 2009

Eligibility. Open to all artists, architects, engineers & students. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged

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CALL: Lilla Jewel Fund for Women Artists

Posted September 21, 2009 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

CALL TO ARTISTS
Lilla Jewel Fund for Women Artists

McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, Oregon's leading social justice funder, announces a call to women artists in Oregon.

MRG Foundation will commission three women artists to each create new art that represents Oregon's social justice movement. This will entail conversations with MRG grantees and an art committee. The new works, as well as previously created pieces, will be exhibited at MRG's annual event, Justice within Reach, on Saturday, April 10, 2010.

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CALL: The Arts Politic

Posted September 21, 2009 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

Call for Submissions!
The Arts Politic, Issue 2: Fall 2009
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The Arts Politic is a quarterly print-and-online magazine dedicated to solving problems at the intersection of arts and politics. For the Fall 2009 issue, The Arts Politic welcomes your essays, opinion articles, visual art, poetry, creative fiction and non-fiction, reviews, calendar listings, letters to policymakers and other content at the intersection of arts and politics. The submission deadline is Saturday, September 26, 2009.

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Artists for Health Care Reform

Posted August 24, 2009 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

Two artists with prints in the Paper Politics show, Patricia Dahlman and Michael Dal Cerro, are organizing an online art show of art works for health care reform. Here's what they sent me:

Due to the right wing loud voices and lies concerning the Health Care Reform Bill, Mike and I are organizing an online exhibition of artists' work titled "Artists for Health Care Reform." We are interested in seeing art work that is pro Public Option, pro Single Payer, art work about people and communities that are shut out of the health care system and art work in response to the lies the right wing is putting out there. I am hoping that you are interested in participating. We are asking artists to email a jpeg of their work for this online exhibition as soon as possible. The deadline is September 7. Congress will be voting on the bill September 8.
email an image to them here.

An invitation to take part in ‘Excessive force’ comix anthology

Posted August 12, 2009 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

Last Hours is preparing to release our first comix anthology this autumn, alongside another autumn surprise, both of which will be followed by Last Hours issue 18 in November! But for now, we’re opening up the invitation for people to participate in Excessive Force (or Police everywhere, justice nowhere – we haven’t made a final decision!)
Check out details here:
http://www.lasthours.org.uk/news/excessive-force/

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Making Policy Public

Posted July 28, 2009 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

Our friends at the Center for Urban Pedagogy are looking for designers and artists to work with on their great Making Policy Public project. Check it out:

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The Making Policy Public project pairs advocates and policy experts with designers and visual artists to produce foldout posters that explain complex policy issues. The series encourages innovative design while giving designers the opportunity to engage important social issues deeply.

We're really excited about this year's topics and advocacy partners, it's a great mix of very local, and very national issues spanning labor, public space, criminal justice, electoral politics, and food –from very nerdy to quite immediate. The groups and issues are:

+ Keeping parks public with FIERCE
+ Participating in public housing with Community Voices Heard
+ Redistricting reform with the Brennan Center for Justice
+ Navigating the juvenile justice system with the Center for Court Innovation
+ Mapping the tomato supply chain with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Just Harvest USA

You can check out the full briefs on the Making Policy Public website.

The call for designers is posted here:
http://www.makingpolicypublic.net/index.php?page=submission-guidelines-for-designers

Left Turn looking for art

Posted July 8, 2009 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just in via the email pipeline:

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Left Turn, a national publication and network of activists engaged in exposing and fighting the consequences of global capitalism and imperialism, is currently seeking artists and photographers to submit their work for the upcoming issue. We are interested in promoting artists whose work is rooted in a variety of social movements and are working to build resistance and alternatives to corporate power and empire.

Issue #34 of Left Turn includes the following themes:
- Emerging economies of Asia
- Migrant labor in Asia
- Iran
- United Auto Workers
- Gentrification and the economy
- Gaza

If you are interested in submitting artwork or photography to the magazine, please contact Vasudha.

To view previous covers of the magazine, look here.

If you like to share your work but it does not address these themes, write to us anyways!

Left Turn is an all-volunteer project. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay artists (or ourselves). However, we do offer wide exposure in an exciting publication that is read throughout the U.S. For more information on Left Turn, please visit our website.

Artist Call: 101 Damnations

Posted March 29, 2009 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just fell into the inbox:

101damn.jpegangry artworks is looking for submissions from artists / visual creators for an exhibition/publication in 2010. 101 Damnations will be a collection of detourned/re-appropriated/subverted imagery based on logos, graphics and slogans which attacks, belittles, challenges, identifies, mocks, questions, satirises and generally scorns capitalism and neoliberal globalisation in its various forms - from greedy corporations, polluting industries and war profiteering enterprises to sweatshop encouraging companies, union busting businesses and media manipulating multinationals... etc! Although this project is about a visual reaction to the forces of capitalism it is also a resource for those trying to understand it and fight it - so it is hoped each image (or group of images) will have an accompanying weblink to a resource - e.g. an organisation, a solidarity campaign, reading materials, documentation of previous struggles or current direct actions...

Guidelines and Specifications

* This project is open to all artists / visual creators - students, self trained, 'professional' or 'amateur'.
* Work can be made in any medium, not necessarily computer generated - as long as it is submitted as a 2D still digital file - (i.e. a scan of a drawing).
* Images should be 300 dpi and no smaller than 100mm x 100mm.
* All artwork should be saved and sent as rgb or b+w digital files in one of the following file formats - jpeg, tiff, psd, pdf, eps.
* Work can be new or existing, previously exhibited or not.
* You can send multiple submissions - (If multiple images are to be viewed as a set please send as one submission, otherwise send as separate e-mails).
* Please indicate if you want the work to be attributed to your name, a pseudonym or for it to be marked as anonymous.
* All work should be marked as no copyright, anti-copyright, copyleft, creative commons or copyright of the artist.
* Each submission should have an accompanying URL - an up to date link to a web page - this resource link can be directly or indirectly linked to the image - (There are some samples below).
* There is no entry fee, no funding available and no prizes.

* First deadline - 31st August 2009.
* Send submissions to info@angryartworks.com - please put '101 damnations' in the subject to ensure e-mails are received.

* Angry artworks and invited selectors will decide the final artwork to be used in this project - this will be based on all the work submitted. As we are looking for a broad cross section of work covering the 101 Damnations theme we may not be able to use all work sent in. This does not necessarily have a bearing on the quality of the individual work submitted.
* All artists will be informed if work is going to be used or not.
* We regret we will not be able to enter into a dialogue with you regarding work which is not accepted.
* Initially all work accepted will form an online web exhibition.
* It is also planned to have a physical exhibition and/ or publication of the works sometime in 2010.
* All artists will be sent information regarding any exhibitions and a copy of any publications produced.

IVAW Benefit: Donate Your Work by Feb 15, 2009

Posted February 11, 2009 by dara_g in Calls for Art

CALL FOR SALON SUBMISSIONS

Call for artists to donate a work of art to a benefit exhibition for the Iraq Veterans Against the War. We are dedicating one wall of the space for a floor to ceiling installation.

Space is limited to the first 100 works submitted.

The exhibition will run from
Thursday March 5th through Sunday March 22nd, 2009
The Powerhouse Arena in Dumbo

opening with an evening of celebration and performance
Saturday March 7th, 2009
6pm-10pm

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CSPG: Call for Masterpeaces posters

Posted February 3, 2009 by mary_tremonte in Calls for Art

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MasterPeaces: High Art for Higher Purpose

June 6 - 27, 2009

Da Vinci Gallery
Los Angeles City College
855 N. Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90029
323.953.4000

In conjunction with Otis College of Art & Design- Integrated Learning Project

The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) is asking artists, organizations, and activists for poster submissions for our next exhibition, Masterpeaces: High Art for Higher Purpose. From Dada to Punk, from anti-war movements to feminism and ecology, high art has been repeatedly incorporated into a visual language that ranges from the iconoclastic to overt protest. MasterPeaces will show how works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Munch, Ingres, Delacroix, Picasso, Lichtenstein, Warhol and many others have been parodied, appropriated or altered to make statements about a variety of contemporary issues including censorship, disabled rights, ecology, HIV/AIDS, homophobia, war, and women's rights. Through annotations it will also introduce the viewers to the historical context of the original work, thus expanding viewers' visual literacy. Masterpeaces will premiere June 2009 in Los Angeles. Your posters will impact and educate a large audience of artists, community activists, university and high school faculty and students.

Submission deadline: March 20, 2009
By donating your posters, they will become a part of CSPG's unique archive that will be accessible to the general public and researchers for years to come.

Criteria for Posters:

1. Must be produced in multiples such as silkscreen, offset, stencil, litho, digital output etc.

2. Must have overt political content.

2009 Create Change Public Artist Residency Program

Posted January 7, 2009 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

The Laundromat Project is a community based arts organization committed to the well-being of communities of color living on low incomes. We understand that creativity is a central component of healthy human beings, vibrant neighborhoods and thriving economies.

Applications are due by February 20, 2009

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Chicago Anarchist Film Festival

Posted January 6, 2009 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

For the 9th year the Chicago Anarchist Film Festival will present a sample
of films from mainstream sources, rediscovered classics and the works of
filmmakers engaged in social change with an anarchist vision. Most media
of all types launch attacks that distort, discredit and deny anarchists
entirely. Anarchists and their allies respond with a relentless volley of
images and stories that reveal, revive and invigorate a rich anarchist
presence in society.

Chicago Anarchist Film Festival organizers seek un- and under-distributed
films and videos to include in the 2009 Chicago Anarchist Film Festival.
We also welcome suggestions for titles that may inadvertently allow
anarchy to seep through the cracks of the status quo. Movie collage, music
videos and trailers for works-in-progress will also be considered.

Deadline- April 1, 2009

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A Call for Anarchist Art

Posted January 3, 2009 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

I've been in touch with the UK Anarchist Federation, and they are putting together a publication about the intersections of art and anarchism. They are looking for art and artists. Here's what they are up to and what they are looking for:


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The UK Anarchist Federation is in the process of putting together a publication that explores the relationship between anarchism and various art forms. We are currently looking for submissions from artists who are interested in this area. Contributions could range from visual artwork, cartoons and graphic art, poetry, short literary works, architectural studies or critical pieces on theory or the history of anarchism and art.

We would very much like to get a diversity of material and are hoping to tour the project around radical and free spaces across the UK when the project is finished. All funds raised would be put towards developing anarchist projects across the UK and our international solidarity fund. We would very much like YOU to contribute to this project.

* All submissions need to be in to us by the end of February. The publication will then go into production shortly after. The publication will be "launched" so-to-speak and exhibited at our Anarchism 2009 event which will be happening mid-June in Manchester and a tour shall be arranged over the summer.

* Some of the themes we would like to see artists develop: labour struggles, the history of anarchist-communism (key thinkers, events etc.), anti-fascism, anonymity/state surveillance, immigration and the struggle against borders and direct action/black block. We are really keen on artists exploring their vision of what a post-revolutionary society would look like.

* Again, contributions can range in their form but a short abstract explaining the motivations behind the piece would be great. We would also be very keen for each artist to outline their attraction to art as a medium to communicate anarchist ideas. Initially we would only need digital copies of the work, but the actual works would be good to exhibit at the Anarchism 2009 event (this is something we will address nearer the time).

* Images need to be 300dpi and around A4 size just in case the book ends up being that big. They should be sent as .eps, .tif or .jpg files. The images you supply need to be the best quality, we can't do anything with tiny pixelated images.

Send all submissions to: natsec@afed.org.uk

CLDC Art Needed

Posted December 27, 2008 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just in:

cldc_logo.jpgCalling all artists and creative folks!! The Civil Liberties Defense Center is planning to design a t-shirt and poster(s) reflecting CLDC's commitment and solidarity to environmental, animal rights and anarchist activists who have been targeted in recent years by the government.

We are looking for a design that illustrates a love of nature and living things as well as showing respect for those who have ended up in prison and have maintained their integrity to a greater movement. Whether arrested at a timber sale protest for civil disobedience, or ensnared as part of the Green Scare, we would like to encompass all earth defenders who have risked their liberty to protect life on earth.

We are hoping to launch this design at our upcoming WOW hall benefit in Eugene--which is 2/27/09--and will be a benefit for our activist defense and political prisoner work highlighting those who have fallen as a result of the Green Scare (which includes SHAC and related cases in our minds). It is also THE Friday night entertainment for the Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference which is also held that weekend and may be a great opportunity to reach out to like minded folks from all over the world.

So, PLEASE sit down with your artistic implements and contact us with any ideas, sketches, or full blown design concepts you can come up with as soon as you can. The design can be in any medium, color or black and white, and does not need to include any words unless you come up w/ a great slogan too.... Please send them to lregan@cldc.org. If we decide to use your design, you will get tons of credit and our enduring love and praise.

Apply! Anchor Archive 2009 Residency

Posted December 17, 2008 by mary_tremonte in Calls for Art

I spent two weeks this Fall living in a shed at the Anchor Archive in Halifax, Nova Scotia as an Artist-in-Residence. Definitely one of the highlights of this year. The Anchor Archive is a zine library and independent media resource center, run out of a house in Halifax's North End. The whole complex includes the Inkstorm Silkscreen Collective and the Crow's Nest event space, where they hosted a skillshare series and other events dedicated to DIY living and culture. While there I presented a silkscreen workshop on multicolor registration, DJ-ed two danceparties, and made a zine with my friend Simone Roughouser. Halifax is a bit out-of-the-way, but what a gem of a place. What sweet people. And the ocean is but a 45-minute drive or 3-hour bike ride away!

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above: roberts street social centre, shed residence at roberts street, mary mack in her zine nest in the crow's nest

Special Announcement!

The Roberts Street Social Center is looking forward to another wonderful summer of RESIDENCIES!
Please email the anchor archive at the address below to receive the residency application. The two week long residencies run from June to September and applicants from out of town or out of province are given priority consideration. We are accepting applications until February 15th 2009. The application form provide a more thorough description of the residency program and requirements. If you have any questions or concerns about the application process please don't hesitate to contact us, and please pass along this information to anyone who may be interested.
Here's to your brilliant, inspiring, critical creativity!

roberts street social centre
(902) 446-1788
5684 Roberts Street
Halifax N.S. B3K 1J6
anchorarchive@gmail.com
http://robertsstreet.org

Call for Submissions - THE END OF TELEVISION

Posted December 9, 2008 by mary_tremonte in Calls for Art

The End of Television is a video program beginning when analog television ends. On February 17th, 2009 the U.S. television broadcast signal will change over from analog to digital. No television will receive a signal without a special converter box.

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On February 17th, The End of Television will air through analog broadcast TV on channel 2 in Pittsburgh. When broadcasters turn off their analog transmitters The End of Television turns it's analog transmitter on and broadcasts the program. Using a restricted and nearly obsolete medium (broadcast TV) , The End of Television re-imagines the omnipresent idea of "broadcast yourself." We are accepting all videos submitted before the deadline and there is no submission fee.

The End of Television will hold a countdown event on the evening of February 16th in Pittsburgh (Location TBA) and at midnight we will flip the switch.
Visit TheEndOfTelevision.blogspot.com for updates

Information on submissions below.

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Wisconsin Books to Prisoners upcoming artshow in Madison - call for entries

Posted November 20, 2008 by nicolas_lampert in Calls for Art

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Wisconsin Books to Prisoners is organizing an artshow on the prison industrial complex and will pair the Justseeds portfolio project with artwork that is done by prisoners. The exhibition will be in late January and I will post more information on the specifics in the coming weeks on the Justseeds blog. Below is their call for entries:

Wisconsin Books to Prisoners was the recipient of a powerful set of posters created by 20 printmakers from the JUSTSEEDS Visual Resistance art collective. These posters were created in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of Critical Resistance, a prison abolitionist movement, and call attention to the human rights catastrophe in U.S. jails and prisons, and the use of policing, prisons and punishment as a “solution” to social, political and economic problems.

The posters and artwork by prisoners will be displayed at a gallery in Madison at the end of January 2009. Art that addresses the condition of prisons and the daily drudgery and cruelties of prison life would be particularly appreciated.

Please do not send anything that you want returned or is not copyright free. Also, please let us know how you wish to be (or not be) identified. Submission are welcome throughout the years to come, but for this show the due date is: January 1st, 2009.

Many thanks in advance to those who make contributions to this event.

Please send artwork to:

Wisconsin Books to Prisoners
Rainbow Bookstore
426 W. Gilman St.
Madison, WI 537033

for more information contact: Camy Matthay: maha@chorus.net

Haymarket People's Fund looking for artist

Posted November 12, 2008 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

CALLING ALL VISUAL ARTISTS!
Haymarket looks for art for our calendar annually. We are now in the process of looking for a single piece of art to display on the cover of our 2009 calendar.

OUR MISSION
Haymarket People’s Fund is an anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation that is committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. Through grantmaking, fundraising and capacity building, we support grassroots organizations that address the root causes of injustice. Haymarket also organizes to increase sustainable community philanthropy throughout our region.

Interested??
please contact
Stacy Jackson at
617-522-7676 X108 or stacy@haymarket.org
Haymarket People's Fund

Space 1026 art auction fundraiser

Posted November 7, 2008 by molly_fair in Calls for Art

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Justseeds members did the show Out of the Shell of the Old at 1026 Space this past July. It is an amazing space, so if you can donate your art for their fundraiser- do it!

Help Keep Space 1026 (and Small Change) Going... again!


Hello friends of Small Change,

So it's that time of year again... Our "parent" organization Space 1026 where 90% of our shows are held (and whose cheapness allow us to give visiting artists money) is having its annual art auction fundraiser to keep its doors open. For those who might not know Space 1026 is a ten year-old artist run gallery, studio space, and show space. Members have spawned projects such as: LTTR, Free News Projects, Plastic Little, The Manipulators, The Mobilivre-Bookmobile Project, Cars Will Burn, Cantab Publishing, The Small Change Film Screening Series, Haveboard.com, and the Vaudevillains Mummers Brigade. You can find more info here: http://www.space1026.com

Each year we have an art auction to help with the cost of keeping the place open. As Small Change we usually auction off a large package of DVD's from our favorite filmmaker freinds. It's become a bit of a tradition and is always a big hit. It's helped out so much and we're hoping to do it again this year. For those who've participated in the past. THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!! It's really meant alot and to anyone who can participate this year we say the same.

So basically we're looking for our pals - namely YOU - to send us DVD's or really any artwork or books or CD's or whatever that you've made and would be interested in donating to this worthy cause. It's a good way for us to contribute while at the same time hyping the artists we like to support.

Please send things to:

Ted Passon
Space 1026
1026 Arch St. 2nd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The deadline is DECEMBER 1st.

CALL FOR SUBMISSION/PARTICIPATION: Parks for People Draw-a-Thon

Posted October 19, 2008 by dara_g in Calls for Art

http://www.mucketymuck.org/b_1_exhibitions/campaigns/2008_US_ParksForPeople.htm

Due Oct 21 (by email or mail) - see below for full submission information

Union Square Park's historic Pavilion is threatened by plans for a privately run, upscale restaurant. We believe that our precious public resources should stay in the hands of the people and that the pavilion should be committed to public use. We invite artists to participate in imagine public uses for the pavilion by making a black and white 11 x 17 illustration either in advance of or at our Oct 23rd rally at Union Square celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Pavilion's designation as a National Historic Landmark. For more context please see: Union Square, Then and Now

PARTICIPATING COMMISSIONED ARTISTS
Artwork by the following artists are producing commissioned illustrations:
Steve Lambert, Carolyn Ryder Cooley, Chris Rubino, Steve Marcus, Joan Linder

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
The general public is invited to submit drawings will be selected by a jury that consists of:
Martha Wilson - Executive Director of Franklin Furnace
Dara Greenwald - artist, activist, and co-curator of ‘Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures from the 1960’s to Now’ currently on view at Exit Art

All drawings produced at the Oct 23rd at the temporary Drawing Station in Union Square’s south end from 4-6 pm will be made into hand held signs to be carried at the rally at 6 pm.

Up to 6 drawings will be used in a calendar entitled ‘Parks for People 24/7’ that illustrates year-round alternate uses of the park’s pavilion. Our goal is to invite citizens to consider alternate year-round uses of the park and let the BID know that the general public will not accept a compromise on their right to public space ­ the public wants PARKS FOR PEOPLE 24/7. This calendar will be published at the end of November. At that time, it will be hand delivered to those corporations, the judge who issued the temporary injunction on the pavilion’s reconstruction, and elected officials (including Mayor Bloomberg) currently in charge of Union Square’s privatization. The calendar will also be sold at a low-cost, the proceeds of which contribute to the ongoing campaign to save Union Square Park.

Selected drawing will also be featured on various groups’ websites involved as organizers such as Pond: art, activism, and ideas (www.mucketymuck.org), Reverend Billy & The Church of Stopshopping

Submission Information
Participants who prefer to send drawings in advance should send work so that it is received by Oct 21st, 12 pm in one of the following formats:

By email: hello@marisajahn.com File formats: outlined PDF with images embedded, hi resolution JPEG, TIFF, BMP, etc. Digital files should be no more than 4 Mb.

By snail mail:
The Immediate Life, Box 1556, New York, NY 10013

In person:
from 4-6 pm at the Drawing Station that will be temporarily set up at the South End of Union Square Park

Art of Democracy

Posted September 11, 2008 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

The New York Society of Etchers is currently organizing THE ART OF DEMOCRACY exhibition of political and socially relevant prints as one of the National Coalition co-organizers for presentation this fall. The show is hung from November 3 - 14, 2008 at the National Arts Club in New York , New York.


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http://nysetchers.org/events_081103_aod_ny.htm
http://www.artofdemocracy.org/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/art-of-democracy/

Print Exchange

Posted August 8, 2008 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

Participate in an Exchange!!!
Submit 13 identical pieces, each 8”x8” by September 25th and receive a dozen prints back from various artists from around the world! The extra print will be archived with the possibility of future exhibition and/or publication. Please view the attachment for specific details. Please feel free to pass this onto anyone that may be interested or to post online! This Exchange is open to printmakers and stencil/graffiti artists internationally.

Thank you! ;)
JAZ
(From the Manhattan Graphics Center in Jersey City, New Jersey)
http://www.jazgraf.com/grafexchange08.html

Grafica Politica #2

Posted June 19, 2008 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just in from Grupo Soap del Corazon in Minneapolis:


Dear Friends,
This September, the Republicans are meeting in Saint Paul, Minnesota, September 1-4, 2008, to nominate candidates for president and vice-president of the United States and to create their political platform.

The Republicans, as you may remember, are the ones that brought the citizens of the United States (and the citizens of the world) such delights as the war in Iraq, the current economic recession, flagrantly increased national debt, and a lack of timely response to global warming. They are also creators of the current impasse with national healthcare, the stalemate with NAFTA reform, decreasing immigrant rights, tax cuts for the rich, and blatant, far-reaching government corruption.

So how do you feel about all that? Want to express yourselves? Well, we want to help you.

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Sticker Art Show Call Out

Posted June 18, 2008 by icky in Calls for Art

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Hey here's an open call out for a sticker/street art show coming up in Portland. Deadline is the end of August. Should be cool, there was a big wall of stickers and posters last year that local stencil artist Klutch put together that was up during the I Am show at the Goodfoot and it looked pretty great. This will be at a clothing store when it happens, but that's the world we live in here in Portland.

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Milwaukee Zine Fest

Posted June 8, 2008 by jmacphee in Events

milwzinefest.jpgLooks like Milwaukee is gearing up for their inaugural Milwaukee Zine Fest from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20, 2008 at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

They're still looking to find people to table and propose activities, showcase zines and related projects. Table registration is now open. Visit www.midwestzines.org for more information and to register your table. Lead a workshop, serve on a panel, read from your zine, or start a discussion. You can get in touch with the organizers here.

Call for Art: Speak Out

Posted May 7, 2008 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

SPEAK OUT: Art, Design and Politics

What success can artists and designers have in causing and effecting change today?
This exhibition showcases artists and designers from around the world who have taken on the challenge of creating socially and politically charged messages that are meant to persuade, inform and/or educate audiences in a visually overstimulating landscape. It includes political and social posters and artwork that span the last decade selected by invitation, as well as curated from this call for art.

Exhibition dates:
November 1-December 20, 2008
516 Arts, Albuquerque NM

SUBMIT the following by email to: rhiannon@516arts.org
DEADLINE: June 16th

•up to 6 jpg’s of available work
•title, year, media, dimensions for each
•a short bio
•a short artist’s statement

curated by Abby Goldstein, Associate Professor of Art, Fordham University, New York.

Art & Design Needed-Coalition to Abolish the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

Posted April 22, 2008 by k_c_ in Calls for Art

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I received a request from a friend over at the Center for Constitutional Rights(CCR) to ask artists and designers if they are interested in designing a logo for the Coalition to Abolish the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)


It is my hope that we can find an artist to create a logo and/or other images to be incorporated into a poster, website and other educational and organizing materials. Its important to create an imagine that represents the Green Scare and feels inclusive to people outside of the animal and environmental rights movements because this is not just about animals and trees, it is about the criminalization of dissent in the name of corporate profits. It is also about creating a culture of fear by calling everyone and everything a terrorist.

Read below for more about the AETA, and for contact information.

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Second Annual Mayday Political Print & Poster Art Show

Posted April 15, 2008 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

Calling All Artists!
My friends in Troy are putting on a political print and poster show for Mayday, and you should send in your art! Check it out below:

Second Annual Mayday Political Print & Poster Art Show
A Benefit to Save the Sanctuary for Independent Media
Kismet Gallery, 71 Fourth Street, Troy, NY 12180

This year’s political poster art show is brought to you by the letter F…for freedom: the freedom to display controversial radical art and not be censored by small minded school administrators and petty politicians. Sadly, not everyone here in Troy seems to agree with that idea. This certainly became apparent to us at Kismet after Iraqi born digital artist Waffa Bilal’s video game, Virtual Jihadi, was censored at two art venues in the city. In the video, the artist casts himself as a suicide-bomber who, after learning of the real-life death of his brother in the war, is recruited by Al Qaeda to join the hunt for Bush. The exhibit was originally scheduled to be seen in a gallery at the RPI Arts Department, but administration officials caved into right-wing pressure to shut the exhibit down. The exhibit was then rescheduled to be shown at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. A protest against both the exhibit’s opening and the Sanctuary was organized by the city’s Republican head of the department of public works (who oversees code enforcement). The day after the protested opening, city code officials contacted the Sanctuary to let them know that they were shutting down the Sanctuary for “ongoing code issues”, necessitating closing of the space and its exhibit.
In response to this urgent issue, Kismet Gallery is sponsoring its second annual Mayday Political Print and Poster Art Show. The event will feature some of the finest radical and socially conscious work from artists all around the country. Not only with this kick the corporate ass, but it will also be priced with working people in mind. This year, in light of recent events and in the sprit of Mayday and solidarity with our brothers and sisters at the Sanctuary, we would like to extend a red hand of support and mutual aid by making this year’s event a benefit to reopen the Sanctuary.

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Art Against War

Posted April 11, 2008 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just in from folks working with Iraq Veterans Against the War. They're looking for art for a benefit show, read the card below and send in your work!

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Oaxaca Resiste!: Print show in Madison, WI. March 27-April 6

Posted March 16, 2008 by nicolas_lampert in Posters & Prints

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If your in Madison, Wisconsin in late March, check out a show at the Common Wealth Gallery on the Oaxaca teachers strike uprising. The show features woodcut prints, stencil art posters, photos, and comics.

MARCH 27-APRIL 6, 2008

ASARO (Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca)
& Local Artists Ana Nimos • Steve ChapellLester Doré- Michael DuffyEric Hagstrom • Miguel Peña & Others

Sunday March 30 • 7-9 PM: Opening Reception
Music by Son Madunza

Tuesday April 1 • 7 PM : Mexican Revolutionary Graphic Art from Posada to the present Gallery Talk by Melanie Herzog, Professor of Art History, Edgewood College

Thursday April 3 • 7PM: New Jill Friedberg documentary Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad (A little bit of so much truth) on people’s takeover of Oaxacan media

Common Wealth Gallery • 100 S. Baldwin St. • Madison, Wisconsin

The Audacity of Desperation: Call for Work

Posted February 15, 2008 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

If_Voting_72dpiSM.jpgThis looks to be an interesting project, hopefully we'll get some stuff together to submit, you should too!

The Audacity of Desperation: a call for work
Deadline March 10, 2008
Exhibition dates: April 4- May 11 at the Indy Media Center in Urbana, Il.
Organized by Sarah Ross and Jessica Lawless

The Audacity of Desperation is an art exhibition, political action, and on-going dialogue. We are currently seeking distributable artworks addressing the topic of “desperation.” In November 2008 something is going to change. The worst president ever will finally be voted out of the Whitehouse. But, as the infamous writing on the wall reads, IF VOTING CHANGED ANYTHING THEY’D MAKE IT ILLEGAL. Works should exist in multiples with the intention to be freely distributed to audiences. Media can include, but is not at all limited to: posters, stickers, stencils, zines, stamps—ink and postage— buttons, CD’s/DVD’s, postcards, t-shirts and manifestos.

Please send submissions, questions or inquires to: desperationexhibition@gmail.com
We prefer digital submissions. The file size does not need to reflect your final piece.
For more information: http://desperationexhibition.blogspot.com/

If it is not possible to send a digital reproduction, send your submission to:
Desperation submission
c/o jessica lawless
7523 1/2 Lexington Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Both electronic and material submissions should include:
* Your Name
* e-mail address
* Materials and dimensions
Submissions Due: March 10

Call for Entries/ Call for Show Hosts: The Art of Democracy

Posted February 12, 2008 by nicolas_lampert in Calls for Art

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The Art of Democracy is a national coalition of art exhibitions (scheduled for the fall of 2008) that addresses the dire state of the political scene in the U.S.

Leading up to the November 2008 national elections, artists from around the country will be creating and exhibiting posters and prints that respond to the election, politics, and governmental policy. The Art of Democracy exhibition seeks to attract other individuals and artist organizations from around the nation to help amplify our messages of civil activism, reform, dissent, and protest.

This is not a single show but an affiliation of shows in numerous cities across the U.S.

To contribute your work to these shows, go to: www.artofdemocracy.org

Relevant contact information is provided for most shows.

Artwork by exhibitors can also be found on:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/art-of-democracy/

We encourage artist to put work up on the Flickr site and create posters. The posters will be exchanged with venues around the country. For more information, contact: info@artofdemocracy.org

A Call to Mapmakers

Posted February 8, 2008 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

guerra.gifMy good friend and comrade Daniel Tucker in Chicago just sent this over. If you are working on any sort of map projects, get in touch with him!!!

Dear Mapmakers,

This is an invitation to have your maps included in the new “We Are Here” archive that will travel the United States for 2 years (starting Fall 2008) in an exhibition entitled “Experimental Geography” and then be housed in a portable archive in Chicago IL to be available for future exhibition, preservation and research. The archive is dealing with 3 main categories of contemporary cartography: Complexity/Power Mapping; Resource/Asset Mapping; and Alternative Visions of Dominant Geography (see below outline of the kinds of maps we are thinking about).

I have been asked by the organizers of “Experimental Geography” to put together this archive because of my background in organizing mapping related exhibitions and events in Chicago for the last 4 years. This is a great opportunity to get a lot of really interesting and inspiring work together! I should also say up front that I am not being paid to do this and am receiving no budget to work with, only $400 to purchase a poster display rack to preserve the maps. The cost of shipping the collection once it is complete will be covered by the host institutions, but I have no budget for your initial shipping costs to mail the maps to me. I am hoping your motivation for sending your work to me will be the same as mine for putting this together, to get new and excited audiences to have access to this interesting and inspiring work. The show will tour primarily to university galleries and small museums, almost always engaging audiences who are not in attendance at small galleries or cultural institutions where this kind of work is typically displayed. The benefit of having it as part of a larger exhibition about the use of geographic metaphors in contemporary art will also connect this cartographic work to conceptually related work from other genres and spheres of influence.

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Arizona Sticker Show

Posted January 25, 2008 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

Just got a note from Mad One in Pheonix, AZ. He's curating a street art sticker art show in Phoenix and is looking for stickers to be sent in from far and wide. You can contact him here.
Send your art in!!! Support the sticker art movement!

MAD INK DESIGNZ
305 S. Mckemy st.
Tempe, AZ 85281 usa


Call for Mural Show

Posted January 25, 2008 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just came through the inbox from the Wouter Osterholt en Elke Uitentuis in the Netherlands, seems like a cool project:

Speaking Through Walls

We're looking for people that can help us finding political/revolutionary murals for a project called 'Speaking Through Walls' that will be presented during the art exhibition 'Ground', September 2008 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

The murals can be made by professionals, amateurs, protest groups, schools, government, children, etc. For us it's more important to find murals that tell a story about situations of social injustice within your county than the esthetic beauty of the painting. Do you know any murals in your surrounding that would fit within our project and would you like to help us out? Please contact us and give us as much information about it as possible.

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Post queer project Zine!

Posted January 23, 2008 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

I found this in the Bulletins on our myspace page...
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Hi Friends,

I'm (finally) going to gather up all the postqueer contributions to put together a zine. Since PQP is an open platform, the zine will be, too, so I want to extend some advertising space in the back for fellow glue stick jockeys/paginators/queer zinesters, other queer-based projects, and businesses.

If you have a zine or project and would like to have an ad in the zine, get in touch. Sizes are 2.75" x 2.75." You can email them to me ( info at postqueerproject dot com), if they're saved @ at least 150dpi, as a .jpg, .eps, .tif, or .pdf. Or, of course, mail to PQP / PO Box 22474 / Oakland CA 94609

Free, of course... but even better if you're willing to trade ad space and/or forward this to all your zine-making friends and cohorts.

Let's shoot for a January 31 deadline, but contact me as soon as possible.


xxx,
lex / postqueerproject.com
myspace.com/postqueerproject

Making Our Own Art Histories

Posted December 17, 2007 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This just landed in our inbox:


The Southern California Library
, in South L.A. will be hosting Making Our Own Art Histories, a series of art exhibitions as an effort to make contemporary art accessible in a community where there are very few galleries or contemporary art museums. The first art exhibition in this series begins with Word on the Street, opening in January of 2008. In the same way that SCL uses history to advance social justice while preserving the histories of communities in struggle for justice and making our own histories, artists and activists have created works to educate, organize and inspire people towards action for justice. Often these creative works are not always seen in galleries or museums, they are in the street. This small exhibition will focus on showing works that have been created and used for political, spiritual, social and environmental justice campaigns, actions and interventions. Works that we are especially looking for are those that have been put out on the street, guerilla style, in the effort to educate the public as well as to incite action and critical thought. Such works may include silkscreen posters, printed media, stencils, stickers, flyers, and photos of graffiti and guerilla street art.

If you are interested in participating in this exhibition, please contact Joy at 323.687.6743 or majikalnature [at] gmail.com before Jan. 1st!

8th Annual Chicago Anarchist Film Fest

Posted December 17, 2007 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

For the 8th year, the Chicago Anarchist Film Fest is seeking un- and under-distributed films and videos to include in next years film fest, which will be happening April 25-27th, 2008. This is the same weekend as the Finding Our Roots anarchist conference in Chicago.

The Film Festival will present a sample of films from mainstream sources, rediscovered classics and the works of filmmakers engaged in social change with an anarchist vision. Along with submissions of actual work, they are also looking for "suggestions for titles that may inadvertently allow anarchy to seep through the cracks of the status quo. Movie collage, music videos and trailers for works-in-progress will also be considered."

Submission guidelines can be found here, and an entry form here.

"Reclaiming the F Word" Call for Entries!

Posted December 11, 2007 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

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Here is a call for entries from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, located in Los Angeles, California.

"Reclaiming the F Word" Submissions Deadline: December 15, 2007

This show will open March 2008 at the Art Galleries, California State University, Northridge.

The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) is asking artists,
organizations, and activists for poster submissions for our upcoming exhibition
entitled Reclaiming the “F” Word--Posters on International Feminism. This
exhibition will feature posters about the ongoing struggle for women’s rights
showing us that feminism must not be treated like a dirty word.

http://www.politicalgraphics.org/pdf/Call%20for%20F%20Posters.pdf

Call for Submissions! War in Iraq!

Posted December 7, 2007 by meredith_stern in Calls for Art

Call for Entries: Deadline January 12, 2008
"Experiencing the War in Iraq"

An Artist Curated, Multi-Media Exhibit of Art about the War in Iraq

(Following text is copied from the call for entries):
What does it mean to experience this war firsthand,
in combat, or as an Iraqi civilian? What does it mean to
experience it from a distance, or on television? How can we
in America reconnect to the reality of war? Are there shared
visions of peace despite cultural and religious differences? The
work will be selected on artistic merit and look to include as
many perspectives as possible, beyond politics.

Check out more details and download a submission form at the following link:

http://reconnectus.org/downloads/ReconnectUS_CFE_dataset_0001.pdf

IAS Accepting Grant Applications

Posted December 7, 2007 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

One of my favorite organizations, the Institute of Anarchist Studies, is accepting grants for their 2008 funding cycle. The IAS is a group dedicated to encouraging and aiding new anarchist writing, publishing and translating. 5 or 6 years ago I received a small grant from them to produce a set of essays around art and anarchism, a project that eventually led to the publishing of Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority.

If your an anarchist or anti-authoritarian writer (or are writing on the subject), look into applying for a grant, as well as supporting the IAS more generally. Here's the grant info:


IAS Writer/Translator Grant Applications
Due January 15, 2008!

Twice a year, the Institute for Anarchist Studies (IAS) awards grants to writers and translators worldwide for essay-length works. Our next application deadline is January 15, 2008, and we encourage writers and translators exploring social domination and/or reconstructive visions of a free society to apply. For more information and/or to apply via our online application, go here.

The IAS, a nonprofit foundation established in 1996 to support the development of anarchism, has funded almost sixty projects by authors from countries around the world, including Argentina, Canada, Lebanon, Ireland, New Zealand, Chile, Nigeria, Mexico, the Philippines, Germany, Uruguay, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and the United States. Other IAS projects include the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition (RAT) conference, the Radical Theory Track at the National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR), the biannual magazine Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, and a Mutual Aid list of speakers available for public talks.

Art for a Democratic Society

Posted November 13, 2007 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

all_power.jpgExcited to see this in my inbox, the crew over at Not My Government are trying to put together a Bay Area project similar to the Street Art Workers:

In collaboration with Not My Government, Art for a Democratic Society announces an open call to all visual artists in the Bay Area interested in creating a social/political poster zine. Our goal is to get ten different artists to make one poster each, with the final product being ten 18"x24" posters, probably printed one color on newsprint.

Once we have the crew of artists together, we will all collectively decide the theme of the poster zine. Possible themes include: health care, war, police brutality, opposing the "new Jim Crow," etc. The process of poster design and printing can be done collectively or individually. A skill-share will be organized to help any or all of the artists involved in the project.

If interested please contact us at:
art4democraticsociety [at] earthlink.net
Please tell us your name, email, phone number, what days and times you would be available to meet, and a little about yourself - your background, interests, skills, etc. Artists at any level of experience are welcome.

International Mural Slam

Posted September 29, 2007 by jmacphee in Calls for Art

This landed in the inbox today:

The 1st New Britain International MURAL SLAM
Calling all vagabonds, graffiti artists, muralists, scenic painters, air brush artists, and activists! The 1st International Mural Slam is being held in New Britain, Connecticut in conjunction with the unique, community-based mural painting program at Central CT State University.

Artists will paint 12’ x 4’ foot wall sections on the roof of the Welte Parking Garage, with prizes awarded to the best pieces.

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Call for Art: Movimiento Por Justicia Del Barrio

Posted February 27, 2007 by in Art & Politics

This is an open call for artists to design logos for Movimiento Por Justicia Del Barrio, an immigrant-led social justice organization based in East Harlem. The group was founded in December of 2004 to organize resistance against the devastating effects of gentrification in their community. The immigrant base and leadership of their organization has led Movimiento Por Justicia Del Barrio to also address the pressing issue of immigrant rights. In 2005, their predominantly Mexican membership decided to become adherents to Zapatista’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and joined The Other Campaign, a national movement to change Mexico initiated by the Zapatistas. Since then, the group has facilitated a comprehensive Consulta Con El Barrio to invite popular community participation in developing strategy and focus for the struggle for community based justice.

Increasing attention and support from the public and the press has created a need for logos to represent their group. Movimiento Por Justicia Del Barrio is looking for two logos, one to represent the organizations local organizing efforts, including their fight against gentrification, and another to represent their transnational organizing as part of the Zapatista-initiated movement in Mexico, The Other Campaign.

If you are interested in making a submission for one or both of the logos, please email movementforjusticeinelbarrio@yahoo.com or call (212) 561-0555 for a few simple guidelines.

Responding to limited responses to their call, Movimiento Por Justicia Del Barrio is EXTENDING THEIR DEADLINE FOR SUBMITIONS.

Here is a more detailed call written by members of Movimiento Por Justicia del Barrio.

Open call to artists for the creation of the logos for our immigrant-led social justice organization!!

“BEST POWER TO THE PEOPLE MOVEMENT IN NYC”-VILLAGE VOICE ‘06

“IT IS REAL GRASS-ROOTS DEMOCRACY, AND IT IS BEING PRACTICED BY THE IMMIGRANTS WHO LIVE IN EAST HARLEM”-DAILY NEWS ‘06

Who we are:

We are the color of the earth. We are women, men, youth and children of corn. We are immigrants. We have not lived in our home countries for a long time, but home is still the air we breathe, still the pulse of our heart, it is still the thought that fills our minds. We were born in our lands and our lands were born in us.

We are Movement for Justice in El Barrio, an organization of immigrants fighting for justice in East Harlem.

As immigrants, we were forced to leave our native countries because of a savage neoliberal economic system. Here in the U.S, we are affected by neoliberalism on a daily basis. Gentrification pushes us out of our homes in El Barrio. Exploitation at the workplace forces us to work twelve hours daily for poverty wages. Racist immigration policies attempt to criminalize and dehumanize us.

In New York, we fight against neoliberalism in all its forms. We fight against racism, xenophobia, sexism, classism, and homophobia.

We fight for humanity.

Movement for Justice in El Barrio is a rapidly expanding immigrant-led social justice organization led by immigrants in El Barrio (East Harlem, NYC). Founded in December 2004 to fight a voracious trend towards gentrification, Movement for Justice in El Barrio has received passionate support and attention from the public and the press and is in need of logos to represent the group!!!

As immigrants, our organizing is necessarily both local and transnational at the same time. In 2005, our predominantly Mexican membership made the decision to become adherents to Zapatista’s Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle and joined The Other Campaign, a national movement to change Mexico initiated by the Zapatistas.

Therefore, we are looking for TWO LOGOS. One to represent our organizing around local issues here in El Barrio, including our fight against gentrification and greedy slumlords, and the city and financial institutions that facilitate the displacement of immigrant families from their homes and another to represent our transnational organizing as part of the Zapatista-initiated movement in Mexico, “The Other Campaign”.

If you are interested in making a submission for either one of the logos, or both, please email movementforjusticeinelbarrio@yahoo.com or call (212) 561-0555 for a few simple guidelines.

Call for Art: Support Jeffrey Luers

Posted January 19, 2007 by in Calls for Art

Jeff "Free" Luers' support network needs help creating new graphics for a sticker campaign. Free is a political prisoner currently serving a 22-year sentence for arson at an SUV dealership in 2000.

We are going to be printing more stickers soon, and we would like a new design - with your help. Please send us your submissions by February 3rd, preferably by email in an attached jpg file scan ( freefreenow@mutualaid.org) or they can be mailed to Jeff's Support Network, PO Box 3: Eugene, OR 97440.

The design must be in black and white and incorporate the website name www.freejeffluers.org and the name Jeffrey 'Free' Luers (or leave room for us to add in later) and the image should be related to support of Jeff and political prisoners. The stickers will be approximately 2.5 inches x 4.25 inches.

To see previous designs, go to

1. http://freefreenow.org/drooker.jpg

2. http://images.indymedia.org/imc/portland/jeffsticker.jpg

3. http://freefreenow.org/pix/june05sticker.jpg

Again, the deadline for submissions is February 3, 2007. The artist selected will get recognition and a big stack of free stickers. Please contact us with any questions at freefreenow@mutualaid.org

Thanks so much again for all of your support!

-Friends of Jeffrey Free Luers

http://www.freefreenow.org

Free's Defense Fund; PO Box 3; Eugene, OR 97440

You can read more about Jeff Luers at freefreenow.org

Propaganda III World Tour

Posted January 4, 2007 by in Art & Politics

Start Soma a gallery based in San Francisco is calling for work for the first global, peer-to-peer, open source art show- PROPAGANDA III. They are inviting artists from around the world to create political artwork for the third installment of the PROPAGANDA art show that began in 2003.

This year Start Soma launches PROPAGANDA III, a political poster art show that will tour the world through 2008 with dozens of one day art shows worldwide - the current schedule includes stops throughout North America, South America, Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. There will be no censorship of any sort. Expressed political viewpoints, be they left, right, or center, will be displayed side-by-side, both online AND in the traveling show.

Submission Guidelines:

• 18 x 24 inch posters (45.72 cm x 60.96 cm)

• All posters must have overt political content. The nature of this content is up to the individual artist.

• Submitted posters must be produced in multiples - this includes stencils + digital prints, as well as offset, silkscreen, linocut, woodcut, and photocopies.

• Include artist name, country, and URL in the bottom right-hand corner of every poster.

• Submit three copies of each poster - one for the traveling exhibition, one for permanent archiving, and one spare in case the traveling poster is lost or damaged. Unfortunately, none of the posters can be returned.

• The final collection will be donated to the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles which houses the largest collection of Post World War II political graphics in the United States.

Send your posters to the START SOMA GALLERY by March 15, 2007:

START SOMA

672 South Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94110

Send digital versions of artwork to info@startsoma.com with the subject header PROPAGANDA III SUBMISSION - they will be creating an online gallery of all the work included in the traveling exhibition.

Start Soma will also continue to add galleries and venues worldwide to the traveling schedule. If you run a space and are interested in hosting the show contact Start Soma for details.

If you have any questions, please contact John Doffing via john@startsoma.com.

Sustainable Eating Online Zine- Call For Submissions

Posted June 4, 2006 by in Art & Politics

Sustainable Eating is an online zine exploring the connections between the food we eat and our personal, community and environmental health. Currently, Sustainable Eating is seeking submissions from writers, artists, activists, cooks, and gardeners for issues #4 & #5.

**Issue #4 (Fall/Winter 2006): Roots

Issue #4 will explore how food connects us to the land and to each other. How are you rooted to place by food? In what ways is your community connected through the production, harvest and sharing of food? What is the role of food in your personal, family, or ancestral roots? What root foods do you enjoy? What are the root causes of hunger, the exploitation of land, labor and animals, or other food injustices.

Deadline for Submissions: August 1, 2006

Issue Available Online: Fall/Winter 2006

**Issue #5 (Spring/Summer 2007): Unnatural Eating

Factory farms, GMOs, irradiated foods, hormones, seasonal foods available year-round, regional crops available world-wide, fast food diets, no-carb diets, microwaves, lunch breaks in front of your computer... in so many ways modern food production and eating patterns are far from natural. Analysis, critiques and alternatives to today's unnatural food systems and diets are all welcome for this issue.

Deadline for Submissions: February 1, 2007

Issue Available Online: Spring/Summer 2007

All kinds of submissions are welcome, including: personal essays; news articles; feature stories; interviews; profiles of people, organizations and projects; artwork; and fiction. Sustainable Eating encourages you to interpret this theme in any way you wish, so please do not feel restricted to traditional concepts of the topic. If you are unsure about how your idea might fit with these themes, please feel free to contact Sustainable Eating with a proposal.

Please send your submissions, suggestions, feedback, and questions to: se@semagazine.com.

http://www.semagazine.com

New York Banners Wave in Winds of Change, Demanding Justice for all Immigrants

Posted May 22, 2006 by in Calls for Art

New Yorkers throughout this City’s diverse communities this morning awoke to messages calling for justice and equality for immigrants throughout the United States.

The messages, including “No Deportations”, “Legalization for All Immigrants”, “Rights for All Workers” among others, were painted on banners unfurled over prominent public sites throughout four boroughs.

The banners – penned in languages from English, Spanish, Korean, Urdu, Chinese and others - were dropped throughout the city in the early morning hours. Manhattan locations include 155th & Riverside Drive, 120th Street & FDR Drive, and Chinatown. Queens locations include the Queensboro Bridge and Jackson Heights and Brooklyn locations include the Prospect Expressway and the BQE.

With Bush's national televised speech on immigration reform on Monday, this action is designed as the people’s response and follows recent national protests, including one in NYC on May 1 that drew out hundreds of thousands of people.

This also comes within New York City's “National Week of Action” called to coincide with the Senate resuming Immigration Debates the same day of Bush’s immigration speech. Here is the press release for the national day of action.

Immigrants Demand Real Legalization & Reject Inhumane Compromises

As the Senate reconvenes on Monday, May 15th for the last stretch of its immigration reform debate, immigrants in New York City will join thousands across the country in a National Week of Actions from May 14- May 20 to say "No Deal!" to a three tier legalization bill, guest worker programs, increased enforcement, and border walls. Immigrants warn the Senate against compromising our futures with the bill on the table which has drawn mass opposition for its attempt to split up immigrant families and increase criminalization through expedited deportation and indefinite detention. Instead grassroots coalitions of diverse immigrant organizations stand firm in saying that immigrants deserve no less than:

(1) Legalization for all immigrants; No guest-worker programs of work & leave

(2) Improved and faster family reunification opportunities for all;

(3) Enforce the protection of human and civil rights by reducing detention & deportation, ending collaboration between the DHS and public agencies, and ending deaths & abuses of migrants at the borders;

(4) Non-compliance with the REAL ID Act and the guarantee of equal access to driver's licenses for immigrants;

(5) Equal protection of labor rights of undocumented workers.

Also, check out our small, but hopefully growing, archive of immigrant's rights artwork. All pieces are available for download and free dissemination.

Help us help our friend

Posted April 25, 2006 by in Calls for Art

NOTE: DATE CHANGE! EXTENDED DEADLINE!

The benefit gallery show for Daniel McGowan has been moved to July 27-28 at ABC No Rio. We’ve already got Armsrock, Arofish, Borf, GoreB, Peter Kuper, Josh MacPhee, RB827, Nicole Schulman, Chris Stain, Swoon, Seth Tobocman, and lots of other great artists involved, and we’re still seeking donations for the show.

Call for Artwork: Benefit Gallery Show for Daniel McGowan

Thursday, July 27 & Friday, July 28, 2006 at ABC No Rio

Co-sponsored by Visual Resistance and Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan

Deadline: June 20, 2006

Contact: visual.resistance@gmail.com

On December 7th, my friend was arrested at his workplace by federal marshals. The friend I know as a tireless activist and a funny, generous, caring person was ripped from his friends and family without warning and held without bail in federal prison, facing multiple felony charges and life in prison.

I met Daniel McGowan during the buildup to the protests against the Republican National Convention in New York. The Visual Resistance crew was organizing the No RNC Poster Project and Daniel was our first ally. In the time since, Daniel has been a personal friend to all of us in VR and to many more in the larger New York activist community. His constant smile and good humor belied his selfless devotion to making this world a better place.

And on December 7th, he was disappeared. Daniel was extradited to Oregon and held without bail for two months on charges whose statute of limitations were close to expiring. His arrest came as part of a massive government crackdown on the radical environmentalist movement which many are referring to as the “Green Scare.” His arrest left the community in shock.

Daniel has pled not guilty to all charges. Although he is currently out on bail, he faces a lengthy and extremely expensive trial. His family and friends have been scrambling to raise funds and organize a defense team.

Simply put, he needs our help, and we need yours.

We are planning a two-night gallery show and art auction on July 27-28 at ABC No Rio to help pay for Daniel’s legal defense. We are asking artists who are committed to social justice and political activism to contribute artwork. Some art will also be sold through our website. All proceeds will go to help pay Daniel’s legal costs.

Any artwork you can contribute will be a huge help, and we appreciate your generosity in advance. The work in the show will encompass a myriad of themes, styles, and techniques. Work that deals with the issues involved in the Green Scare are appreciated, but not required.

Please contact us if you are interested in donating artwork! We are more than happy to work with you on your terms and can cover incidental costs such as shipping. We can pick up artwork in the New York City area – email visual.resistance@gmail.com for a mailing address.

Specs: While there is no strict size limit, we prefer smaller artwork (less than 18x24). All work should be ready to hang. Print multiples are very, very welcome.

For more information on Daniel’s case and the Green Scare, see:

http://www.supportdaniel.org

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Scare

http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/030706EA.shtml

http://eugeneweekly.com/2006/03/09/coverstory.html

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Contact Visual Resistance:

visual.resistance@gmail.com

http://visualresistance.org/wordpress

Contact Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan:

PO Box 106, NY, NY 10156

friendsofdanielmcg@Yahoo.com

http://www.supportdaniel.org

A Call for May Day Art

Posted April 19, 2006 by in Posters & Prints

Following the momentum of massive March 25th mobilizations, student walkouts, and April 10th's historic day of action for immigrant rights, comes the call for El Gran Paro Americano (The Great American Boycott). May 1st is a day for global action against upcoming anti-immigrant legislation and in favor of universal amnesty. Across the country, a broad network of immigrant rights groups, labor unions, workers associations, student groups, and collectives of all sorts have announced calls for a general strike, boycott, no sales or purchases, walkouts, marches, and actions in financial centers and at anti-immigrant corporations throughout the country. Groups throughout Latin America, such as Mujeres Creando and La Otra Campaña, have called for a boycott of all American products as well as actions in solidarity with the North American immigrants movement. Here is a selection from a call by a California based organization, ActionLA.org

On May 1, we are calling No Work, No School, No Sales, and No Buying, and also to have rallies around symbols of economic trade in your areas (stock exchanges, anti-immigrant corporations, etc.) to protest the anti-immigrant movements across the country.

We believe that increased enforcement is a step in the wrong direction and will only serve to facilitate more tragedies along the Mexican-U.S. border in terms of deaths and family separation. We will settle for nothing less than full amnesty and dignity for the millions of undocumented workers presently in the U.S.

Visual Resistance would like to offer our own call. A call for artwork to promote and support the actions of May 1st. We welcome art by organizations, collectives, or individuals. Whether you are a professional graphic designer, a fine artist, or just someone with a lot of heart and passion that needs expressing, please, SEND US YOUR ART! We will be posting submissions for free download on a separate and more permanent page. Our hope is that this archive of imagery will help contribute to an aesthetic expression of ideas and actions to stop government aggression against immigrant communities.

The graphic above, by schock at riseup d0t net

Paint Jam with the Endless Love Crew

Posted February 28, 2006 by in Events

Our buds the Endless Love Crew invite y'all to come on down to a paint session this weekend! It's open up to anyone who wants to come by and there will be enough supplies so no one has to bring any. Fun fun fun!

March 4th and 25th

1-6pm

Chashama Center Gallery

112 W. 44th Street

btw. Broadway & 6th Ave.

Times Square, NYC

Eliot adds: For those who don't know, the Endless Love Crew is a great street art group made up of some of New York's most prolific artists, including GoreB, Infinity, Abe Lincoln Jr., Celso, and a whole bunch more. Very cool group -- should be a lot of fun!

Artists Call, Participate in a Traveling Exhibition on the Housing Crisis in LA

Posted February 8, 2006 by in Events

The Southern California Library (SCL) is seeking artists including performers, musicians, spoken word, and multimedia artists to participate in a traveling exhibition. If you have work or if you are interested in creating work related to the "housing crisis" in Los Angeles, they are looking for you!

The mural pictured here was painted by Eva Cockcroft and hangs on the inside wall of SCL, beside the "Wall of Honor." The "Wall of Honor" commemorates family, heroes, and friends.

DEADLINE IS MARCH 1!

Submission content should relate to these themes:

- Housing: history, memory, oral history, mapping, activism

- Land: public place, (re) development, urban planning

- Homelessness

- Gentrification/ Relocation/ Displacement

- Concepts of sustainability

- Environmental & social justice, past/ present local political movements

- Zapatista/ Indigenous Movements: Global comparisons of land, space, housing, urban planning

Artists who have an interest in creative political education, including graffiti and conceptual artists, that will help tell the story of the "housing crisis" in L.A. are encouraged to apply. For more information and application, please contact Joy at (323) 687-6743 or lunakul@yahoo.com

Call for Art: Cut & Paint 2

Posted December 14, 2005 by in Calls for Art

Cut and Paint zineCut&Paint: A Stencil Template Zine #2

Deadline: February 1st, 2006

Cut & Paint was a fantastic, 54-page poltical stencil template zine put together by Josh MacPhee, Nicolas Lampert and Colin Matthes with contributions from some of our favorite artists, including Claude Moller, Nicole Schulman, Klutch, Erik Ruin, Icky, Andalusia, Janet Attard, the three editors, and a couple dozen more.

Now's your chance to join this illustrious company. The follow-up will feature more artists, plus new sections of photos and a how-to guide for beginners as well as die-cut stencil templates for easy application.

They're looking for high-resolution black & white stencil sprays, 7x8 inches. The full call is below the fold:

We're almost sold out of the 400 copies we made of Cut&Paint #1 and we barely did any promotion, the zines sold themselves!

We've decided this success demands a follow-up, so we're putting together another issue of Cut&Paint and we need your help. Once again, Josh MacPhee, Nicolas Lampert and Colin Matthes are putting together a zine of stencil templates. This time around we plan on scaling back the size of the zine a little (legal size folded, so 7" x 8.5"), but to make up for the shrinking size we hope to include a set of die-cut stencil templates with the zine. That's right, pre-cut stencils ready to use!

Like issue #1, most of the zine will be filled with some of the best and most exciting stencil templates out there (black and white stencil images that can be cut out and used), so we're looking for your best stencil template ideas. This time around we're also open to multi-color pieces, so if you are interested send a clean black & white print of each layer, as well as a composite image.

In addition, we would like to expand the rest of the zine, too. This means more in the how-to section, so send along any new tips you've got. We want photos of stencils from your area, we'd like to run a couple spreads of regional stencil action, particularly from places we usually don't hear from. We'll also be including some writing on stencils as well, so if you have any articles you've been working on that deal with stenciling, public space, politics, etc., feel free to submit them.

Here's what we are looking for:

--- All designs should be 7x8 inches

--- Templates should be clean sprays of stencils on clean white paper. Flat black paint is preferable. We’ll be photocopying these templates, so keep the lines and edges as crisp as possible. In order to get a really clean print, you can spray little bit of spray-tack (like light spraymount) on the back of the stencil so it lays flat on the paper.

--- No racist, sexist, homophobic designs. Also, we’re really looking for smart and creative takes on what’s going on in the world, not copied portraits of movie stars or Japanese robots. Keep it original.

--- Stencils don’t have to be hit-you-over-the-head political (i.e. Fuck Bush, although that’s fine too), but they should be interesting to more than just you and your friends! The goal is to have stencil templates that other people will want to use.

--- Feel free to submit more than one template design

--- Tell us if you want your template credited to a name, and if so, what name (and contact information if you want, i.e. website, email, address, etc.)

The best designs will be used for the die-cuts, so send in great stuff and we might make 1000 pre-cut copies of you're stencil! We hope to keep the price at $5 or below, and distribute Cut&Paint #2 much further and wider than #1.

All templates that are chosen for the zine will become copyleft/copyriot (i.e. they can be freely copied and used by anyone, public domain). Everyone who has a stencil chosen for Cut&Paint #2 will get a free copy of the zine.

Send templates, photos, and writing to:

Josh MacPhee

53 Third St.

Troy, NY 12180

or email hi-res (preferably 600dpi greyscale or 1200dpi line art) templates, photos (300 dpi) or writing to: josh [at] justseeds. org

If you have any questions, drop an email to animaltrap [at] yahoo. com or josh [at] justseeds.org

Art against borders

Posted November 7, 2005 by in Calls for Art

Brandon Bauer sends word of an open call from the International Network of Artists in Resistance:

In 2006 may the people rise with spray paint, voices, street theatre, stencils, drums, paint brushes and all other tools of creative resistance to let the world know that we will not stand for more borders to be constructed around us!

The first day of action will commence at midnight on January 1, 2006, the 12th anniversary of the passing of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Zapatista Uprising.

Download the flyer here. From the sound of the sound of the call, this seems like more of an "open-source" project than a strictly definded campaign. In other words, it is what you make of it, so anyone with any interest, drop a line to info[at]babylonarts.org to find out how to get involved.

Call for Art: Guernica Project

Posted October 21, 2005 by in Calls for Art

Got an email a few days ago from artist John Unger with an ambitious call for an "open source" campaign:

I'd like to invite any interested groups or individuals to help plaster the USA with billboard size reproductions of Picasso's Guernica. Ideally, the work would stand without any text or headlines or additional commentary: if the painting is all that's seen, it forces the viewer to make an interpretation instead of being told what to think. Being told what to think is exactly what got Americans in trouble in the first place, no?

The following paragraph is not what inspired the idea, but I think it explains relatively well what one might hope to accomplish in this project:

"A tapestry copy of Picasso's Guernica is displayed on the wall of the United Nations building in New York City, at the entrance to the Security Council room. It was placed there as a reminder of the horrors of war. Commissioned and donated by Nelson Rockefeller, it is not quite as monochromatic as the original, using several shades of brown. On February 5, 2003, a large blue curtain was placed to cover this work, so that it would not be visible in the background when Colin Powell and John Negroponte gave press conferences at the United Nations. On the following day, it was claimed that the curtain was placed there at the request of television news crews, who had complained that the wild lines and screaming figures made for a bad backdrop, and that a horse's hindquarters appeared just above the faces of any speakers. Diplomats, however, told journalists that the Bush Administration leaned on UN officials to cover the tapestry, rather than have it in the background while Powell or other U.S. diplomats argued for war on Iraq." -- quoted from wikipedia

If the painting intimidates warmongers into covering it, then why not make sure that it goes up in as many public spaces as possible?

Full call here. The Powell incident sparked outrage among artists and civil libertarians, and inspired Word War 3 Arts in Action to create Guernica-themed placards for the March 22, 2003 antiwar march in NYC. It also led me to create my first stencil. Anyone who would like to get involved in this project can find a source image of Picasso's Guernica here. Contact us at visual.resistance@gmail.com and John at johntunger.typepad.com if you'd like to work on this.

Reminder: Reproduce & Revolt call

Posted September 22, 2005 by in Calls for Art

A quick reminder to all you artists out there about the Reproduce & Revolt project: Josh MacPhee is now working with Favianna Rodriguez as co-editor of what promises to be an extremely ambitious and exciting book:

Reproduce and Revolt! is a graphic toolbox to be launched into the hands of political activists all over the world. The book will contain over 300 new and exciting high-quality black & white illustrations and graphics about social justice and political activism for activists to use on flyers, posters, t-shirts, brochures, stencils or any other graphic aspects of political campaigns. All the graphics will be bold and easy to reproduce, in addition to being royalty-free/open source/anti-copyright/creative commons. This means folks will be able to use and reproduce the graphics for free! The book will come with clear instructions on how to best utilize the images so as to improve the graphic qualities of political campaigns. It will also contain a short history of political graphics, an archive of political flyers and posters throughout history, as well as information about and a bibliography of further reading for all of the social justice issues the art will cover.

The deadline is approaching quickly (October 31), so if you have work that meets the criteria, send it in soon. The full call for artwork, with complete details, specs, and contact information is below the fold:

CALL FOR ARTWORK

to be published in a new book.

Deadline: October 31st, 2005

Reproduce and Revolt!: Radical Graphics for the 21st Century

Edited by Josh MacPhee & Favianna Rodriguez

Soft Skull Press

Reproduce and Revolt! is a graphic toolbox to be launched into the hands of political activists all over the world. The book will contain over 300 new and exciting high-quality black & white illustrations and graphics about social justice and political activism for activists to use on flyers, posters, t-shirts, brochures, stencils or any other graphic aspects of political campaigns. All the graphics will be bold and easy to reproduce, in addition to being royalty-free/open source/anti-copyright/creative commons. This means folks will be able to use and reproduce the graphics for free! The book will come with clear instructions on how to best utilize the images so as to improve the graphic qualities of political campaigns. It will also contain a short history of political graphics, an archive of political flyers and posters throughout history, as well as information about and a bibliography of further reading for all of the social justice issues the art will cover.

We are now collecting submissions of graphics, illustrations and art for the book, which will be published by Soft Skull Press in late 2006. We will chose for the book according quality of the image, reproducibility, and how well the graphic conveys the issues. Not everyone's submissions will be included. We will also be attempting to craft the book to represent the output of as diverse a group of artists as possible, across gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, ability, etc. Reproduce & Revolt! is not intended to be a who's who of well known and successful political artists, this call is open to ALL levels of artists.

This is Josh MacPhee's second book with Soft Skull Press. His first, Stencil Pirates: A Global Survey of Street Stenciling, was released in July 2004. Stencil Pirates has gotten great reviews and is currently in it's third printing. Favianna Rodriguez is a Chicana designer and political artist based in the Bay Area who will be co-editing the book.

Here are the specifications for the images:

--- BLACK & WHITE/Greyscale.

--- High Resolution: either original artwork on paper or high res digital images, minimum 600 dpi for greyscale, 1200 dpi for line art.

--- vector-based graphics in .ai and .eps file types are encouraged (but in no way mandatory!)

--- A minimum of 6 inches x 6 inches.

--- All mediums are accepted (various forms of printmaking, drawing, digital design, collages, etc.). The main factor is reproducibility.

--- Because I hope the book will be useful for years to come, no graphics that are specific to individual politicians or limited specific political campaigns will be selected. This means NO George Bush graphics. The goal of the book is not to be a "best of" of anti-war or anti-bush images, but a collection of political graphic material that will continue to be directly useful to political activists for years to come.

Below are the catagories of issues the images should address (there will inevitably be overlap between the categories, these are simply guidelines and suggestions to help clarify and spark inspiration). In addition, the book will contain graphics in support of positive activities as well as graphics in opposition to negative aspects of the world, these are both included below (in alphabetical order, not order of importance!):

--- Anti-Authoritarianism (including anarchism, hierarchy, direct action, mutual aid and more)

--- Anti-Racism & Third World/POC Unity (institutional racism, racial equality, unity among peoples of color throughout the world, national movements, attacks on youth of color, white privilege and more)

--- Arts & Culture as Tools of Resistance (including images that represent practices of music, art, graffiti, breakdance, hip hop, punk, singing, djing, capoeira, as forms of resistance)

--- Counter-Globalization (including corporate control, IMF, World Bank, WTO, capitalism, austerity, world debt, alternative economies and more)

--- Education (including privatization, self-education, free schools, liberatory pedagogy, urban inequalities, military recruitment and more)

--- Environment (including environmental justice, environmental racism, endangered species, animal rights, earth liberation, deforestation, strip mining, water rights, bio-tech, organics, community gardens and more)

--- Feminism (including women's struggles, wages for housework, equal pay for equal work, equal rights, gender discrimination, women's liberation movement, sexual assault, men against sexism, fat lib. and more)

--- Food (including food justice, anti-fast-food, meat industry, right to whole foods, people's farms, vegeterianism/veganism, GMO's)

--- Government & Police Brutality (including bureaucracy, taxes, anti-cop, police brutality, elections, voter fraud, voter disenfranchisement, voting rights, and more)

--- Health Care (including disability, mental health, AIDS, access, abortion, aging and more)

--- Housing (including public housing, gentrification, private ownership, abandonment, homelessness and more)

--- International Solidarity (including connections with movements around the world, borders, mutual aid, national liberation, Zapatista support, Cuba support, Palestine Support, indigenous solidarity and more)

--- Immigration & Border Issues (including US/Mexico border wall, refugees, deportation, detention, English-only laws, immigrant rights, immigrant-bashing, denouncing term "illegal")

--- Land Struggles (including Palestine, Native land theft, right to nationhood and land, anti-privatization land laws)

--- Labor (including unions, work slowdowns/stoppages/sabotage, strikes, bosses, anti-work, economics, campesinos, farm workers, maquiladoras, sweatshops, sex work and more)

--- Media (including media control, media justice, media consolidation, independent media, pirate radio and more)

--- Prisons (including prison reform, prison abolition, racism in the criminal justice system, the death penalty, political prisoners, stopping the construction of prisons, torture, sentencing discrepancies and more)

--- Protest (including marches, protests, direct action, pickets, plowshares, armed actions and more)

--- Queer Liberation (including gay, lesbian, trans, intersex, and bisexual struggle, gender binaries, queer bashing, sexual liberation and more)

--- War (including anti-war, imperialism, militarism, state terrorism, war tax resistance, nuclear weapons, "collateral damage" and more)

--- Youth Power (including youth organizing, youth voices, children's rights)

We will craft about a dozen chapters out of these catagories, and each chapters will be filled with 30-40 new and exciting illustrations and graphics created by dozens of political artists, hopefully including you. A website of high resolution copies of a large number of the images in the book will also be created, and ideally I will include some of the graphics that don't make the cut into the published volume. People will be able to both photocopy the images or pull them directly into digital files via the website.

We hope this project will help activists and organizers all over the world, but also help boost radical artists themselves by getting our work further out into the world. We hope to be able to pay a nominal fee for each piece published as well as give each artist access to books at 50% off the cover price.

All material must be submitted by October 31st, 2005.

THIS IS THE FINAL DEADLINE

There is no limit to the number of images you can submit.

Remember BLACK & WHITE, NO COLOR please

All images need to be emailed to "reproduce [at] justseeds [dot] org" OR "favianna [at] favianna [dot] com"

or mailed to:

Josh MacPhee/R&R

53 Third St.

Troy, NY 12180

If you have any additional questions, feel free to write or email the above addresses.

Thanks,

Josh MacPhee & Favianna Rodriguez

www.justseeds.org

www.stencilpirates.org

www.favianna.com

www.tumis.com

PROPAGANDA 2.0 : "They Hate Our Freedom"

Posted August 2, 2005 by in Calls for Art

This is a little last-minute (deadline: August 5), but we just received a call from SF-based gallery Start Soma for a follow-up to their 2003 Propaganda show called Propaganda 2.0: "They Hate Our Freedom". Anyone with work ready should e-mail them ASAP, as the previous show looks like it was great and the call for this one is fantastic. Even if you can't participate, the call itself is interesting for the stress it places on artistic freedom:

A few years ago, a rookie curator in San Francisco could put together a political art show, and tilt at windmills on the left, the right, and in between. It was all good fun.

But times have changed.

A few weeks ago, police in Los Angeles shut down an art show in the middle of the opening, on the grounds that it was "offensive and aggressive in nature." The offending works were culture-jammed corporate logos. Last month, the Secret Service dropped in to investigate an art show in Chicago. The FBI recently seized equipment in New York from a renowned artist collective who produce multimedia work examining the role of technology in modern life. And a portrait by artist Christopher Savido created such a stir at the Chelsea Market, that the market's managers shut down the 60-piece art show that was scheduled to stay up for the next month.

Even 'ultra-lib' San Francisco has not been immune. Last year, a gallery owner shut her doors permanently after receiving death threats following the exhibition of an oil painting depicting torture at Abu Ghraib. Our own Hotel des Arts just received a CEASE + DESIST letter from a global multinational, demanding that we destroy one of the dozens of murals in the art hotel because it featured a corporate logo.

There is definitely a chill in the air when it comes to FREEDOM OF SPEECH + ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.

The show will be sales-free; you can email sample jpegs to john[at]startsoma.com. Full details are here. Check out samples from the 2003 Propaganda show here. And be sure to check out the other great work Start Soma does, especially their gallery of featured artists. Image at top from Start Soma's Propaganda show.

Call for Posters on Prison-Industrial Complex

Posted July 12, 2005 by in Posters & Prints

Brandon Bauer sent us a call from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics for poster art related to the prison-industrial complex. The CPSG is a great institution that documents and supports contemporary political artists and the exhibition they're planning sounds wonderful.

Check out the text of the call below, or download a PDF version here. And don't forget the other two great projects that are still seeking submissions: Street Art Workers and Josh MacPhee's Reproduce and Revolt!.

WANTED: Posters on the Prison Industrial Complex

The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) will premiere an exhibition on the Prison Industrial Complex at the Watts Towers Art Center, Spring 2006. CSPG is asking artists, organizations and activists for poster donations to help develop this exhibition.

We also are looking for artists to make posters for organizations doing prison work. The United States has the largest prison population in the world—over two million inmates. In California, 32 prisons house over 160,000 men and women at an annual cost of $6 billion. Since the 1970s, the rate of most serious crimes has dropped or remained stagnant, yet prisons have been filled at double capacity. People of color, the poor, the illiterate, the mentally ill, youth, and women are the primary occupants. One in three black men between the ages of twenty and twenty-nine will spend time in prison or jail. The majority of those entering prison are convicted on non-violent drug charges.

Under the California three-strikes laws, many prisoners are serving life sentences for petty theft convictions. In California, 80% of incoming prisoners are returning on parole violations. The number of women in U.S. prisons multiplied more than seven times between 1980 and 2003, from 13,400 to over 100,000. Valley State Prison for Women, in Chowchilla, California, holds over 3500 women—twice its capacity—and is the largest women’s prison in the world. This phenomenal growth is due to mandatory drug sentencing laws, conspiracy provisions, a dysfunctional parole system, inadequate legal representation, and huge profits made by the multinational corporations servicing the prisons.

The posters in CSPG’s prison exhibition will cover many of the critical issues surrounding this system of mass incarceration including: the death penalty, Three Strikes, racism, women’s right to self defense, access to education and health care, sweatshop labor, divestment, privatization,

torture, and re-entry into the community.

Posters should be submitted by January 30, 2006. Criteria for posters CSPG collects: 1). It must be produced in multiples such as silkscreen, offset, stencil, litho, digital output etc. 2). The poster must have overt political content. If you would like to create a poster for an organization doing prison work or to donate posters, please contact:

Center fo rthe Study of Political Graphics

8124 West Third Street, Suite 211

Los Angeles, CA

90048-4039

tel: 323.653.4662

fax: 323.653.6991

email: cspg@politicalgraphics.org

www.politicalgraphics.org

With more than 50,000 posters, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics has the largest collection of Post World War II graphics in the U.S. Through traveling exhibitions, online photo albums, internships, and volunteer opportunities CSPG actively shares this valuable resource with a broader public. CSPG is reclaiming the power of art to educate, agitate and inspire action.

Image at top from the Street Art Workers' 2002 campaign, Art vs. Prisons.

Street Art Workers: Call for Art

Posted June 14, 2005 by in Posters & Prints

We're kickin' off a new project with the Street Art Workers (SAW), a national collective of printmakers, stencil artists, graffiti writers and designers who use the streets for art and activism. The previous poster project themes were entitled, Whose Media?, Utopia / Dystopia, and Art vs. Prisons.

The call for this year's project is now up at streetartworkers.org/call:

SAW wants to look at how globalization has affected our lands and how people are fighting back. How has it affected land in the cities — especially housing? How has globalization impacted land and workers in the countryside with farming, mining, drilling, logging and other resource extraction? What are the connections between land struggles in the global south, indigenous nations and the industrialized north? What are some of the connections between the landless peasants movement of Brazil and the squatter movements of Europe and North America? What links together the struggle against dams in India, hydroelectric projects Canada and water privatization in Latin America and South Africa? How are farmers and campesinos resisting industrial agriculture, like biotechnology and GMOs (genetically modified foods), in the U.S., Mexico and India? What organizing strategies have worked and hich ones have failed?

These questions are a starting point. We want to see more questions from you and some hard-hitting answers. We want powerful ideas and inspirational art that we can broadcast directly to the streets in 2005.We want posters that build connections between international struggles and actual organized projects with high profile publicity.

We especially want to see multilingual submissions and work from the perspective of women, Third World communities and indigenous/First Nations. We suggest that artists collaborate with grassroots, social change organizations of their choosing to make posters. We want posters that are both imaginative and relevant to “on the ground” organizing around issues of land, housing and globalization. Working with an organization is not required, but it is encouraged.

The deadline is September 1, 2005 --- designs will be curated and printed in Winter 2005-6 and wheatpasted in Spring 2006. Full details on the submission process and specs for designs are available here. For more information, visit streetartworkers.org or email streetartworkers[at]gmail.com.

Call for Art: Reproduce and Revolt!

Posted April 25, 2005 by in Calls for Art

Josh MacPhee --- author of Stencil Pirates, curator of the Celebrate People History posters, organizer for the Street Art Workers project, and all-around nice guy --- is one of our favorite people.

A few weeks back he sent us an announcement for an ambitious and urgently necessary project: a collection of new, relevant radical graphics to be published by Soft Skull Press. We're reproducing the call in full below:

Reproduce and Revolt!: Radical Graphics for the 21st Century

Edited by Josh MacPhee

Soft Skull Press

Reproduce and Revolt! is a graphic toolbox to be launched into the hands of political activists. The book will contain over 300 new and exciting high-quality illustrations and graphics about social justice and political activism for activists to use on flyers, posters, t-shirts, brochures, stencils or any other graphic aspects of political campaigns. All the graphics will be bold and easy to reproduce, in addition to being open source/anti-copyright. The book will come with clear instructions on how to best utilize the images so as to improve the graphic qualities of political campaigns. It will also contain a short history of political graphics, an archive of political flyers and posters throughout history, as well as information about and a bibliography of further reading for all of the social justice issues the art will cover.

I am now collecting submissions of graphics, illustrations and art for the book, which will be published by Soft Skull Press in late 2006. I will chose for the book according quality of the image, reproducibility, and how well they convey the issues. Not everyone's submissions will be included. I will also be attempting to craft the book to represent the output of as diverse a group of artists as possible, across gender, race, nationality, sexuality, ability, etc. Reproduce & Revolt! is not intended to be a who's who of well known and successful political artists, this call is open to all levels of artists.

This is my second book with Soft Skull Press. My first, Stencil Pirates: A Global Survey of Street Stenciling, was released in July 2004. Stencil Pirates has gotten great reviews and is currently in it's third printing.

Here are the specifications for the images:

--- Black and White/Greyscale.

--- High Resolution: either original artwork on paper or high res digital images, minimum 600 dpi for greyscale, 1200 dpi for line art.

--- A minimum of 6 inches x 6 inches.

--- All mediums are accepted (various forms of printmaking, drawing,

digital design, collages, etc.). The main factor is reproducibility.

Here are the catagories the images should be about (there will inevitably be overlap between the categories, these are simply guidelines and suggestions to help clarify and spark inspiration). In addition, the book will contain graphics in support of positive activities and graphics in opposition to negative aspects of the world, these are both included below (in alphabetical order, not order of importance!):

--- Anti-Authoritarianism (including anarchism, hierarchy, direct action, mutual aid and more)

--- Anti-Racism (including racial equality, institutional racism, attacks on youth of color, white privilege and more)

--- Counter-Globalization (including corporate control, IMF, World Bank, WTO, capitalism, austerity, world debt, alternative economies and more)

--- Education (including privatization, self-education, free schools, liberatory pedagogy, urban inequalities, military recruitment and more)

--- Environment (including environmental justice, environmental racism, endangered species, animal rights, earth liberation, deforestation, strip mining, water rights, bio-tech, organics, community gardens and more)

--- Feminism (including women's struggles, wages for housework, equal pay for equal work, equal rights, gender discrimination, women's liberation movement, sexual assault, men against sexism and more)

--- Government (including bureaucracy, taxes, anti-cop, police brutality, elections and more)

--- Health Care (including disability, mental health, AIDS, access, abortion, aging and more)

--- Housing (including public housing, gentrification, private ownership, abandonment, homelessness and more)

--- International Solidarity (including connections with movements around the world, borders, mutual aid, national liberation, Zapatista support, indigenous solidarity and more)

--- Labor (including unions, work slowdowns/stoppages/sabotage, strikes, bosses, anti-work, economics, maquiladoras, sweatshops and more)

--- Media (including media control, media consolidation, independent media, pirate radio and more)

--- Prisons (including prison reform, prison abolition, racism in the criminal justice system, the death penalty, political prisoners, stopping the construction of prisons, torture, sentencing discrepancies and more)

--- Protest (including marches, protests, direct action, pickets, plowshares, armed actions and more)

--- Queer Liberation (including gay, lesbian, trans, intersex, and bisexual struggle, gender binaries, queer bashing, sexual liberation and more)

--- War (including anti-war, imperialism, militarism, state terrorism, war tax resistance, nuclear weapons, "collateral damage" and more)

I will craft about a dozen chapters out of these categories, and each chapters will be filled with 30-40 new and exciting illustrations and graphics created by dozens of political artists, hopefully including you.

A website of high resolution copies of a large number of the images in the book will also be created, and ideally I will include some of the graphics that don't make the cut into the published volume. People will be able to either photocopy the images or pull them directly into digital files via the website.

I hope this project will both help radical activist projects, but also help boost radical artists by getting our work further out into the world.

I hope to be able to pay a nominal fee for each piece published as well as give each artist access to books at 50% off the cover price.

All material must be submitted by October 31st, 2005. THIS IS THE FINAL DEADLINE. There is no limit to the number of images you can submit.

All images need to be emailed to "reproduce [at] justseeds [dot] org"

or mailed to:

Josh MacPhee/R&R

POBox 476971

Chicago, IL 60647

If you have any additional questions, feel free to write or email the

above addresses.

Thanks,

Josh MacPhee

www.justseeds.org

www.stencilpirates.org

Helping Critical Mass

Posted April 2, 2005 by in Calls for Art

I went to critical mass last Friday night and after a lot of initial nervousness, ended up having a great ride with 5... then 10... then 30+ people. Our group was more or less undisturbed by the police until the very end of our ride. By the end of the weekend, NYC Indymedia was reporting 37 arrests, plus 60+ bike seizures --- this on top of last week's lawsuit by the city trying to stop Time's Up from advertising Critical Mass.

Anyone who's been to a Mass since the Republican National Convention knows the brute, stupid force the NYPD uses against each ride (check out reports from February, January, November, August...). Simply put, Bloomberg and the NYPD are trying to end Critical Mass in New York.

I for one don't plan to watch that happen. Critical Mass is important for this city not just as a form of advocacy for environmentally sound transportation, but also as proof that protest can be fun, inclusive, and empowering.

Polls have shown that the public is behind Critical Mass and not the cops. This winter the rides have been pretty small, and haven't gotten a lot of press or public attention. As spring heats up, that'll change, and a smart visual campaign --- in addition to the great legal work being done by Time's Up and the National Lawyers Guild --- could help leverage public opinion and make the police back off.

That's where you all come in. Visual Resistance would like to facilitate a street art campaign in support of Critical Mass, and to do that we need some of the great artists and designers that visit this site to put pen to paper --- or fire up Photoshop, or whatever you do best --- to contibute designs. We can print up stickers and posters, and make sticker, poster, or stencil designs available for download on the site. Some possible themes would be: supporting/promoting Critical Mass; defending the right to free assembly; and promoting bicycling as a form of transportation.

For background info on Critical Mass and the city's harrassment, check the Time's Up press room and legal newswire, or look around on NYC Indymedia.

Poster designs should be 8.5x11 or 11x17, sticker and stencil designs can be any logical size. You can e-mail designs to us at visual.resistance [at] gmail.com in JPG, PDF, or Photoshop formats, 300 dpi or greater. If you prefer to send hard copies, drop us a line and we'll give you a mailing address.

We'll set up a downloads page as soon as we get some designs. I don't have a firm deadline in mind, since we can print as we get stuff in, but I would like to have some materials ready for the April 29th ride.

Photo at top by Fred Askew. Original at: http://www.stratecomm.net/~fritz/gallery/cm0305

UPDATE 4/10/05: Check out the Critical Mass art we have received so far, and email us at visual.resistance [at] gmail.com to send your own!

Call for artists: "FUMED"

Posted March 17, 2005 by in Calls for Art

Got this in the email box today --- any readers who live, work, or have passed through Chicago, take note: This exhibition will present a selection of artists who have examined and artistically used the walls of Chicago as a template for creative pursuits. The grid of the city constitutes a living canvas, a nexus for exploration, reflection and contemplation. This show is not so much about hip-hop per se, as it is about showcasing artists who create work that reflects some of the uniqueness and spirit of the culture.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists working in this medium

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

- Images must be submitted via email to: J-Mendoza [at] neiu.edu

- Images must be JPEG or GIF format ONLY

- Image list (saved as a Word document) must include: title, medium, size, year, and price (if applicable)

- Bio: maximum of 150 words

- Current curriculum vitae

CALENDAR

Deadline for Submissions: May 20, 2005

Notifications Sent: July 1, 2005

All Work to Arrive: November 26, 2005

Exhibition Dates: December 2 – 24, 2005, 2005

Opening Reception: December 2, 2005 , 6-10pm

Pick-Up Work: December 24, 2005

ACCEPTED WORK: Participating artists will be informed of selection via e-mail.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE SEND EMAIL TO: JMendoza [at] neiu.edu

MALAS NOTICIAS / BAD NEWS: Diseño para la solidaridad

Posted February 28, 2005 by in Calls for Art

The folks from Un Mundo Feliz who particpated in the NoRNC Poster Project sent us this call for artwork.

See their NoRNC poster here.

Malas Noticias

GRAPHIC FORUM

MALAS NOTICIAS / BAD NEWS

Diseño para la solidaridad

Design for solidarity

From the 8th to the 11th of March, Madrid welcomes an international summit on "Democracy and Terrorism", in honor of the first anniversary of 11M. We would like to take advantage of this international event so that designers from different countries and cultures contribute their views and personal opinions regarding this subject. We have created a virtual gallery and would like to display in different spaces throughout the city with all the works that we receive.

This is a project for the creation and free distribution of graphic material against terrorism and supporting the victims, on the first anniversary of the 11M terrorist attack in Madrid.

MISSION

This project intends to be a public design forum for the creation of images that express points of view on terrorism and promote public debate.

Bad news/ design for solidarity wants to be a symbol for democratic response and citizen participation, on behalf of designers, against terrorism on the first anniversary of the 11M.

The project is conceived as a space that is open to designers all over the world and comes forth parallel to the conference on "Democracy and Terrorism" that will be celebrated in Madrid in February of 2005.

Bad News/ Design for Solidarity hopes to be a symbol for international solidarity against terrorism. For this we need for you to contribute with your creativity and talent.

GALLERY

Bad News/ Design for Solidarity

This is a gallery for activism, with free domain usage without commercial intentions.

CONTRIBUTE

RULES FOR PARTICIPATION

1. Submit your work:

- Files must be provided as PDF, TIF, JPG only

- Preferably DIN A4, A3...

300 dpi Resolution for printed images (that should be no bigger than 4.5 MB)

- 72 dpi Resolution for online images

- Please consider the possibility of using vectorial images and texts converted to paths (vector), since this will allow for better quality and versaility.

2. Send your work to: love[at]unmundofeliz.org with the information you deem important.

(C) 2005 Un mundo feliz /a happy world production against terrorism

Artists Against Williamsburg/Greenpoint Rezoning Plan

Posted February 26, 2005 by in Calls for Art

Poster by Anton Van DalenThe Change You Want to See Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn would like to invite you to huddle up this Sunday at 3pm. We're drafting a dream team of creative folk to take on Dr. Doctoroff and the city's insidious Williamsburg/Greenpoint Rezoning Plan. This is one of the most aggressive rezonings in NYC history. Don't get me wrong... brownfields are eyesores and a waste of space. And they make your hair fall out if you live too close to them. Development can be a great thing. It can revitalize the local economy, give businesses a boost. But there's good development and there's bad development.Come plug in at this planning meeting so's we can raise a ruckus and paint a picture of the world that we want to see.

WHERE: The Change You Want to See Gallery, 84 Havemeyer St @

Metropolitan Ave (across from Black Betty's)

WHEN: 3pm, Sunday, February 27

WHAT: planning powwow to save our city

RSVP: beka [at] notanalternative.net

The city's plan will create as many as 22 new 40-story luxury condos along the East River, will privatize and limit access to the waterfront, it provides no minimum requirement on low-income housing, will kick out the light industries in W'burg (metal shops, furniture shops, etc), won't add parks or green space, won't re-open the firehouse, won't increase L or G train service, but will bring 40,000 new higher-income residents to the hood. Instant Soho-fication on steroids. You, me, local industry and businesses, and long-time residents...PRICED OUT.

We have to move fast...there are just a few months to affect the process. A number of bad apples with dollar signs in their eyes and designs on development have partnered with the Mayor. They seek to push the diversity and creative energy that defines the Big Apple toward the fate that has destroyed the core of so many small towns across the country. There's been a lot of resistance to their rotten plan, from religious institutions, community groups, schools, and local residents. But the creative community needs to step up to the plate to support this work. We can fight back to stop the homogenization and borification of our neighborhoods. To preserve the diverse cultural landscape of our mixed-use, mixed income communities.

Invitees Include Reps From: Art Hijack, Art is Permitted Everywhere, Autonomedia,

AWAG (Anti-War Action Group), Axis of Eve, Black Label Bike Club, Blacked Out Media, Block Magazine, Bowery Poetry Club, Breaking in Style, Cinders, Circus Amok, Complacent.org, Flavorpill, Glassbead Video Collective, Greene Dragon, HOWL Festival, Hungry March Band, Independent Media Center, L Magazine, Madagascar Institute, Music for America, NoRNC Bike Project, North Brooklyn Alliance, Not an Alternative/The Change You Want to See, Oh De Twirlette, Ohms Video Collective, Repo History, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, Ring Out, Rubulad, THAW (Theaters Against the War), The City Reliquary, The Eh Team, The Lucky Cat, The Roundtable, The Williamsburg Warriors, Toyshop Collective, Visual Resistance, Vomitorium

About us: The Change You Want to See Gallery and Convergence Stage is a project of Not an Alternative, a Brooklyn-based arts collective. In support of creative resistance to the Republican National Convention last summer, Not an Alternative offered resources to artists and groups in the form of a space, arts materials, production crews, and organizing support. Not an Alternative also produced and curated larger-scale events including Majority Whipped at WhiteBox in Chelsea, and the NEO-CONey Island Block Party and Fashion Show.

$pread Magazine accepting material for 2nd issue.

Posted February 24, 2005 by in Calls for Art

illuminatingSpread is a magazine by and for sex workers of all genders, sexualities and backgrounds, as well as those interested in the sex industry.The magazine aims to provide a forum for marginalized voices, a sene of community and support among sex workers, as well as a balanced view of the sex industry.

$pread wants/needs illustrations of all kinds. They must relate, somehow or someway, to sex, gender, sex work, gender structures, or power. Think strip club, whorehouse, prostitutes, s&m, doms, subs, pretty much anything sexual done for profit.

Contributions to the second issue are to be made by mid-May. Contact the editors at: contribute [at] spreadmagazine.org or mail contributions to:

$pread Magazine

PO Box 305

New York, NY 10276

Coke Kills!

Posted February 15, 2005 by in Posters & Prints

Protest in MehdiganjDont Buy Coke! The largest Coca Cola union in Colombia has called for an international campaign against Coke to stop its violence against workers, which has included a half-dozen murders at one plant alone in the mid-1990’s. Reports of these crimes sparked a historic lawsuit against the Coca Cola Company and their Colombian bottler by the International Labor Rights Fund and the United Steelworkers of America on behalf of the Colombian union.

Coca-Cola has formally stated that the “Company does not anticipate supporting in any way any form of ‘independent fact-finding delegation to Colombia,’” and has even refused a preliminary meeting with the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC), an objective monitoring group created by college and university administrations, students and labor rights experts.

There is also an intense struggle being faught by people in India against the Coca-Cola Company.

An independent media website called Inida Resource Center charges that Coca-Cola is guilty of:

- Causing Severe Water Shortages for Communities Across India

- Polluting Groundwater and Soil Around its Bottling Facilities

- Distributing its Toxic Waste as "Fertilizer" to Farmers

- Selling Drinks with Extremely High Levels of Pesticides

I downloaded the above photo from the Indian Resource Center photo page. The photo features anti-Coke demonstrators who clashed with police in Mehdiganj, India.

Currently, there are many local students working to get coke banned from their campuses and to get their school administrations to endorse an investigation by the WRC into the allegations of violence in Columbia.

Here are some visual resources (poster and flyer designs) that have been used to rally oposition against Coke. If you want to start organizing around this issue, or if you already have, please feel free to download these images or to send us images you've made yourself.

I got most of these images from www.cokewatch.org and www.killercoke.org. These websites are also a great way to find out updates on the anti-Coke campaign.

May 1st Poster Contest

Posted February 9, 2005 by in Calls for Art

A heads up to our artist friends:

Calling all artists and designers! On May 1st , 2005, there will be a huge demonstration in New York City highlighting the critical need to ban nuclear weapons.... This event needs to be publicized with unique, eye-catching, heart-stopping imagery. We need homegrown provocative design to remind people that the nuclear issue isn't over.

We're asking local artists to submit work that will be splashed on posters, banners, flyers, websites and tshirts around the world. The work should be passionate and pointed, focused on this giant new effort to abolish nukes exactly 60 years after they destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We're looking for designs that are bright and forward-thinking, taking anti-nuclear and anti-war symbols into a whole new era. See AbolitionNow.org for more information about the movement and the event.

Read the whole call here.

Teenage Lobotomy: a zine about the institutionalization about youth

Posted January 11, 2005 by in Calls for Art

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This is a project by one of the artists in the Icarus Project art show:

Submit to a new reader about the abusive institutions for youth! The reader will constist of:

--- An introduction to the abuses that take plase at theraputic boarding schools, residential treatment facilities, and wilderness programs;

--- Personal stories and interviews from students, parents, and ex-teachers;

--- Discussionof alternative ways to help "troubled" teens, including art therapy, various forms of counseling (such as utilizing A.A. outpatient programs or talking to mentors for help), and other programs that encourage healing in positive ways;

--- Information about mental health, youth emancipation and maneuvering "the system" (such as the prison system and juvenile detention centers)

WE NEED YOUR STORIES! Please submit your experience by late January 2005, and keep it under three pages. This reader is being compiled by two teenage artists and writers --- Nick, who was locked up in the Family foundation School in New York, Second Nature Wilderness Program in Utah, and Paint Paul's Prep School in Arizona, and his close friend Sarah (Ketchup).

What would you do if you were woken up tomorrow at the crack of dawn by two large men, handcuffed, dragged out of your home, and thrown in the back of a van? What would you think as this van takes you hundreds of miles away from your neighborhood and drops you off in an institution of white walls, flourescent lights, and cold linoleum floors? How would you respond to the people in this institution when they force you to stand in a corner for weeks on end, to lift your knees to your waistline when you walk, to be silent when you want to be loud, to be loud when you want to be silent, and to carry buckets of rocks back and forth for twelve hours each day? Would you resist, rebel, run away, kill yourself? What if they locked you in a tiny room that smelled like urine and blasted A.A. tapes until you submit? What if they took your food away? Had someone follow you around all the time, even watching you shit? What if you were completely stuck in a behavior modification program like this for two years without seeing your friends, your home, or anything that might remind you of the real world?

These places exist, and kids are sent to them everyday. Parents have complete legal control over their children until the age of eighteen, and these institutions prey on parents' frustrations, convincing them to sign away their child's rights. Behavior modification programs reflect our society's attitude towards youth, treating us as less than full human beings. There is a vicious cycle where kids are treated with mistrust and thus don't learn to take responsibility for their actions. Many of us have caught onto the fact that the education system is actually an indoctrination system. School kills our curiousity, by teaching us that learning means sitting in rows for twelve yars, force-fed information by an authority figure. Some of us are even forced into group homes, juvenile detention centers, and spirit-destroying institutions like the one described above.

Why do adults feel the need to exert such rigid control over us? Perhaps it's because youth tend to be more idealistic and less willing to accept the world as it is. It takes years to teach someone to endure the monotony and superficiality that is so many people's lives. Behavior modification programs are part of this cycle of stagnation, so this zine was created to educate people about this little-known atrocity occurring in our own country. It's a first step in the long struggle to shut these types of places down, and to encourage kids everywhere to take control over their own lives.

We need your stories!

These may include :

--- Where you (or your child, or your friend) were sent

--- Specific disciplinary techniques used

--- Reasons for being sent away

--- How the experience affected you (or your child, or your friend)

--- Approximate relapse rate

--- Legal actions taken against the institution (if there ever were any)

These are only guidelines. You may tell your story in words, pictures, or any form of communication that will bring your experience to life.

Contact: Nick's email: mindweller [at] yahoo.com

Sarah's email: orangescum [at] yahoo.com

Or write to: 3706 72nd St. Apt.5H

Jackson Heights, NY

11372

Sticker design needed for political prisoner Jeff "Free" Luers

Posted January 5, 2005 by in Calls for Art

This was sent to us by a friend:

Free sticker by Eric DrookerA new sticker design is needed for stickers to be printed for political prisoner Jeff 'Free' Luers. In the last year, we have printed over 20,000 of the last design donated by Eric Drooker and they brought a lot of people to the site. This sticker design would be black/white, roughly 4.5 x 2.5 with some text that we will supply. You can see the old design on the right.

The design goal is a simple one but we are looking for original art.

Please email freefreenow [at] mutualaid.org if interested.

Thanks,

Friends of Jeff Luers

For more info in Jeff Luers check out freefreenow.org

Call for Artwork: Paper Politics (West)

Posted December 21, 2004 by in Calls for Art

Got this in the mailbox from Josh MacPhee --- the full call for artwork is after the jump, if you're interested in submitting your artwork work to what sounds like a great show, please reply to Josh or Joseph (contact info at the bottom). The original call is here.

Paper Politics (West)

A Show of Socially Engaged Printmaking

to be held in April 2005 at Phinney Neighborhood Community Center

In April 2005, Seattle Print Arts will hold a juried exhibit of socially engaged printmaking at Seattle's Phinney Neighborhood Community Center. The exhibit will showcase print art which uses themes of social justice and global equity to engage community members in political conversation. Because of its accessibility and reproducibility, print art has long been used by activists as a communication tool in struggles for freedom and social equality. The bold graphic qualities made possible by printmaking techniques are used to communicate with and educate broad audiences all over the world.

Artists of all experience levels and backgrounds are encouraged to submit work. We hope to showcase work by over one hundred artists, and we look forward to your participation.

JUROR: The exhibit will be juried by Josh MacPhee, an artist and activist based in Chicago. MacPhee recently curated "Paper Politics," an extremely successful political printmaking show in Chicago which showcased over 250 prints from over 60 artists. He is the author of the recently published "Stencil Pirates: A Global Study of the Street Stencil on Soft Skull Press.

MEDIA INCLUDED:"Print art" featured in this exhibit can include monotypes, silkscreen, letterpress, stenciling, etching, block prints, hand-processed photo prints, or any kind of printing on paper that retains some evidence of the human hand. Digital prints will be accepted if the medium is used in combination with a traditional technique.

SIZE: The maximum size of prints for this exhibition is 24" x 36".

HOW TO SUBMIT WORK: By email: Submit images of your prints via email to both josh(at)justseeds.org and to Seattle Print Arts at paperpolitics(at)seattleprintarts.org. Jpeg files are preferable; please make sure that the image is high enough quality that we can get a good idea of what the actual print looks like.

By mail: If you do not have access to a means of sending digital images, you can send prints or slides to: Josh MacPhee, P O Box 476971, Chicago, IL 60647 USA

Please include your name and contact information, and indicate the title, medium, and size of the print(s) submitted. Only one print per artist selected will be included; however, feel free to submit several images for us to choose from. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your prints or slides returned.

ENTRY FEE: Only artists selected for the show will be asked to pay a fee. Entry for the show is free, but artists whose work is chosen will pay $15 to help produce a catalog and defray other expenses.

FRAMING: Work will be presented unframed; please do not submit framed work if your work is selected.

SALE OF PRINTS/PRICING: Artists who wish to offer their work for sale may send one or more prints from an edition of the work selected to be sold at the exhibition. In keeping with our theme of accessibility of the work, we ask that the price of prints for sale not exceed $200.

ABOUT SEATTLE PRINT ARTS:

Seattle Print Arts is the Northwest's most active association of artists, arts professionals, and collectors with an interest in print arts. Founded in 1999 and currently numbering over 200 members, Seattle Print Arts has organized several local and international exhibits and exchanges, as well as symposia, lectures and printmaking demonstrations. The organization sponsors two printmaking scholarships as well as a Visiting Artist series at Seattle's Pratt Fine Arts Center. Seattle Print Arts is a

member organization of the American Print Alliance.

Entry Deadline: January 15th, 2005

Notification of Acceptance: Early February 2005

Work Sent By: March 1st, 2005

Opening Reception: Friday, April 1st, 2005, 7-9 PM

Exhibit Dates: April 1st - 29th, 2005

CONTACT:

Joseph Pentheroudakis

Seattle Print Arts

3405 S Dearborn

Seattle WA 98144 USA

(206) 860-7535

paperpolitics(at)seattleprintarts.org

Josh MacPhee

P O Box 476971

Chicago IL 60647 USA

josh(at)justseeds.org

Redrawing Democracy: Call for Artwork

Posted October 30, 2004 by in Calls for Art

The Visual Resistance collective calls on all all artists, graphic designers, stencilists, graffitti writers and audacious amateurs!

The last time you heard from us, we were gearing up for the protests against the Republican National Convention in New York City. After some jail time and a short rest, we're launching a new site that will document and archive political art from NYC and across the globe.

We've working on some big ideas, and will be starting up some new printed campaigns in the near future. We also plan on starting up a free publication focused on art and politics in early 2005.

We'd love to hear from all of you -- let us know what you're working on, what you're thinking about, and we'd love to feature your designs on the new site. We're leaving it to you to fill in the blanks. Whatever issues, ideas, dreams or fears you keep closest to your heart - that's what we're looking for.

Specs

We can accept digital files in most standard graphic formats - PDF, JPG, Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, etc., and hard copy.

Please send any questions, suggestions, ideas, or problems to us at: visual.resistance [at] gmail.com.

Special note on the elections: Our collective is of several minds about the election and most other things. We place a premium on representing a broad spectrum of artistic styles and political opinions. However, we cannot accept designs that explicitly endorse candidates for public office. If you have endorsement-type designs, we can try to help you get them to where they'll do good, but we can't post or print them ourselves.