Activist Art and EcoArt are both working toward environmental and soical justice. Where EcoArt is often a slow and gentle process, Activist Art can spotlight urgent issues and strike poignantly through social media, demonstrations, satire and protests that often involve large groups of people in public spaces. Social Practice is also a form of Art Activism that is focused on positive community enrichment.
Never Too Late - 2017, Miami, Florida - a visceral response to the negative human impact on our planet. The images and text come together to elicit intense emotional reactions from the viewer through themes such as our relationships with animals, nature, and ourselves. The works were exhibited during Art Basel in "SIXTH - Art for the Anthropocene" curated by Jane Hart and currently available for printing posters and T-Shirts.
Artists for Climate Action – 2015, Palm Beach, Florida – Brain child project of co-founder, Dr. Mary Jo Aegerstoun to engage South Florida artists in activist art and climate change awareness. In 2015 the AfCA group collaborated on an Delray Earth Day event featuring Eve Mosher’s “HighWaterLine”, Dale Andree’s “International Water Dance” and 7 Storm Drain Murals by local artists in areas of historic flooding. The group facilitated workshops and presented a 60 foot mural the 2015 McAuther Foundation Sea Level Rise Symposium.
River Justice League – 2014, Stuart, Floirda – Art activist group helped to organize several clean water demonstrations that engaged thousands of St.Lucie Estuary residents and gained national news coverage. The RJL group partnered with other local activists groups to create the first round table discussion with Miccosukee Native Tribes members on Everglades restoration and poisoning of the Estuary. These early discussions prompted the Love the Everglades Movement to create their now third annual Summer Symposium, an event attended by clean water and environmental VIPs from across the state.
The East Stuart Project – 2013, East Stuart, Florida – Documentary project collaboration recorded the history of an South Florida African American community celebrating its 100 centennial. The story told through candid interviews, haunting photography and folk art illustrations captured the heart and challenges of this proud neighborhood affectionately known as “Little Dixie”.
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