Artists Band Together, a Virtual Exhibition | St. Lawrence University Richard F. Brush Art Gallery

Artists Band Together, a Virtual Exhibition

Monday, January 25, 2021 to Wednesday, June 30, 2021
installation shot of Artists Band Together

Currently on display on the main level of the Owen D. Young Library, Artists Band Together is a “political rebellion in the form of bandanas designed by world-recognized artists. By supporting this project, [people] are investing in grassroots organizations on the forefront of [American] democracy, dedicated to building political power in local communities and expanding voter turnout.”

From the project description: “Justice in America demands action in the streets and at the voting booth.”

“The first American bandana was born in 1780 as an act of civil disobedience against the British ban on textile printing. From the American Revolution, to Harriet Tubman and the abolitionist movement, to Rosie the Riveter, bandanas have played an important role as a symbol for justice and freedom. Artists Band Together will carry that activist spirit into the future. Our bandanas are a sign of our banding together not only for the sake of public health in the midst of a global pandemic, but also for racial, social, environmental, educational, and economic justice, for women’s, immigrants’, disability, and LGBTQIA rights. We are banding together to defend our democratic values.”

Participating artists:
Victoria Cassinova     Alex Israel     Christina Quarles
Shepard Fairey Merritt Johnson Umar Rashid
Jenny Holzer  Christine Sun Kim     Xavier Schipani
Luchita Hurtado Barbara Kruger  Hank William Thomas
Juliana Huxtable  Marilyn Mintner  Rirkrit Tiravanija

Mijente is a political, digital, and grassroots hub for Latinx and Chicanx organizing and movement building. Mijente’s key campaign in North Carolina is Somos Más. Its goal is to reach, register, and mobilize more than 200,000 Latinx voters in the state. As a network of pro-Black, pro-indigenous, pro-worker, pro-mujer, pro-immigrant, and pro-climate organizers, we build social movements across place, peoples, and issues. Mijente helps our gente build power through campaigns, culture, learning, and advocacy. Learn more at https://mijente.net.

Rise is a student-led nonprofit organization working to make higher education free and accessible for all. Through campaigns to end college student hunger and homelessness, eliminate tuition and fees, and support students affected by COVID-19, Rise invests directly in student organizers leading advocacy efforts on campuses nationwide. In 2020, Rise mobilized more than 100,000 college student voters in California, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Learn more at https://risefree.org.

Woke Vote invests in the activation, long-term engagement, training, and development of new organizers, as well as the mobilization of historically disengaged voters of color. By building lasting relationships with a consistent organizing presence, Woke Vote has surpassed voter engagement goals to increase voter turnout by as much as 36% in certain communities. In 2020, Woke Vote was leading voter registration and protection programs in Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Learn more at https://wokevote.us.

image of all 15 bandanas