For actions in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 Art of Democracy go here. What Comes After
The Art of Democracy (AOD) is a national coalition of political art exhibitions all taking place in the Fall of 2008 on the
dire state of the American Political Scene.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Our Mission is to promote the political art of artists and art organizations on a national scale during the critical period leading up to the 2008 presidential elections. The means of achieving this goal will be to encourage artists around the nation to organize exhibitions and events at this time. The national effort will work to promote these shows through a unifying title, logo, website, public relations campaign, and through the exchange of posters and prints promoting the exhibitions.
The combined efforts will amplify the message of all the art exhibitions and draw more local and national attention. There is no prescribed message for the artwork.
Leading up to the November 2008 national elections artists from around the country will be making and starting to exhibit work that responds to the radical shift in politics and governmental policy in America that has come about in recent years. 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. We aspire to bring together artists’ energies on a national scale. This is not a single show but an affiliation of shows.
We began as a coalition of artist groups from San Francisco and New York. The Art of Democracy coalition of exhibitions were inspired by the exhibition in New York entitled “The Art of Persuasion” at The National Arts Club in November 2007. The New York Society of Etchers led by Stephen Fredericks has secured the same venue in New York City for the fall of 2008 for the follow-up presentation of “The Art of Democracy.” San Francisco print artist and independent curator Art Hazelwood linked up with Stephen and began organizing the Bay Area effort.
Our hope is to inspire a handful of interested parties around the country who will share their resources and energies for creating a positive change in American politics through exhibitions of art.
The National Effort Will Focus on Three Fundamental Services:
What the Coalition will do for the Venues:
Stephen A. Fredericks, New York
Art Hazelwood, San Francisco
Lou Netter, New York
Linda Lee Boyd, Berkeley (website development)
Selene Vasquez, Hollywood, FL (archivist)
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