- Art has added energy to advocacy — and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels, conveying what cannot be said with mere facts.
- People sharing and participating together in building a movement of creative resistance whose foundations are joy and resolve spurs us to re-imagine and create the world we want to see.
- Creative Resistance: A Showcase for Activist Art
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance
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Occupy Puppets Protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership
March 5th, 2014 | In 2011, when occupy encampments exploded across the United States putting the issue of the unfair economy and corruption of Wall Street on the political agenda, there was also an explosion of activist art. Beginning with the iconic image of the ballerina on top of the Wall Street Bull, art has been central to occupy and was an important reason for its powerful impact.
The explosion of arts activism involves a wide variety of artistic forms: puppets, balloons, music, meme’s, posters, banners, plays, street theater, poetry, animation and light displays among others. Art has added vitality and energy to advocacy; and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels and in their hearts conveying what cannot be said with mere facts.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in PopularResistance.org. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.
Photo by Stephen Melkisethian / Creative Resistance
Creative Resistance: A Showcase for Activist Art
A project of PopularResistance.org
Launched in February, 2014, Creative Resistance was started with the goal of promoting and supporting activist art. Creative Resistance is a place for artists to share their work and for everyone to be inspired.
Our home page is a Pinterest-style poster board providing a daily stream of activist art. You’ll see pictures of puppets, protest signs and other visual art, along with embedded videos of music and performance art. Our art groups page lists activist art groups around North America to help you connect and participate locally.
We also have a news blog where we report on current happenings within the activist art world. Our site is constantly expanding. If you have other ideas or you would like to get involved, please contact us.
And don’t forget to submit your own art as we are constantly adding new content. Come back often to see the latest posts, and to share, pin and tweet them. By doing so you are supporting the individual artists as well as the movement for social and political change!