As a group of artists, we are deeply concerned about the impact of America's Trump administration ON CAUSES THAT ARE DEAR TO US.
We are donating our work to empower those organizations that defend progressive action against nationalism, oppression, and ignorance. We believe in art as oxygen for empathy, social and technological innovation, and every hope of humanism.
Each artist below has listed work with a price and a donation destination as well as a personal video or artist statement that connects their charity choice to Trump's policy promises. We know that not everybody who wants to help will purchase art. We encourage you to make a donation to any of our charities and to send us your receipt, so that we can expand the foundation for an Art Trumps Hate network. To purchase a piece, contact Miles Lewis at email@example.com and then follow these steps:
(1) Email the title of the piece.
(2) Miles will confirm its availability.
(3) Send Miles a receipt of your donation to the specified charity.
(4) The artist will get in touch with you to ship the work!
(If you have any questions, please contact organizer Miles at his email address above.)
Now, more than ever, we need to look out for those who the system is designed to keep down. I was raised in a low income household, always a paycheck away from scary circumstances. Public and government programs helped my family stay afloat and allowed me to pursue my dreams in art. Covenant House helps the youth that truly need help. For most, it's their last chance at having someone help and show them they can do great things.
With the oncoming administration already planning more tax breaks to the wealthiest of the country and planning to extinguish or privatize government aid programs its important that we, ourselves, support places like Covenant House. We, the people, need to make these programs strong enough where the government can't break them. We need to not just have, but show more empathy to our fellow man.
The terrible rhetoric we are hearing from the oncoming administration only implies the deck will be stacked even higher against those who simply need help, not a hand out. It's important to note that the Trump administration lost the popular vote by 2 million. This means there are more people against it, than for it. It's important we use our voices and our talents and gifts to show the we are the majority of America and that we take care of our own, not simply the 1%.
I'm a Lebanese-American artist born in Stockton, California and raised around the world.
Planned Parenthood is threatened by the incoming administration. They want to drop this critical service from national support to a state-by-state decision. Planned Parenthood is crucial for women's health. There are very few places women can go to for medical needs beyond reproductive health. Women's healthcare should be a federal concern and not just limited to state patchwork. To donate to planned parenthood means that you're donating to the health of mothers, daughters, and sisters.
In the next 4 years, I recommend planning small donations to causes that you believe in. And if you can't donate, volunteer.
Take it from the daughter of Muslim immigrants, you create your community from the inside out. My father Mohammad, a wholesale Middle Eastern baker created a foundation of goodwill and success within the migrant Muslim community in California and extended this to becoming a beloved staple of the Northern Californian community at large. This is how we can build bridges.
My name is Benjamin Bjorklund. I'm a painter based in Uppsala, Sweden.
My charity is Doctors Without Borders, represented in Europe by Medecins Sans Frontieres. Sweden has been taking alot of refugees this last year and the whole European Union is sort of breaking apart because different countries within the EU have very different views of what we should do. There is now talk about closing the borders completely and sending immigrants back to Turkey. In France, Germany, Britain, and Sweden, right-wing populist parties have all used the refugee situation as a way to arrive in power.
I live in the country side, but I see refugees walking along the highways in the snow, and I imagine it must be so very strange for them. Doctors Without Borders is helping to soften and heal the actual human toll of the problems that I see only a little bit of.
I encourage everyone to be skeptical of their news and social media. So many kind and good people choose news sources that are so wrong and just swallow it whole. Whenever you see media that splits people apart, check to see that it's probably to benefit a self-serving campaign for power.
Donald Trump has promised mass deportations. He’s used immigrant scapegoating to whip up energy and secure power. No one knows just what actions he might take against vulnerable communities once he’s in office. One possibility is that he will cancel Obama’s 2012 executive order DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals):
I’m offering recent drawings in exchange for donations to Make the Road New York, an immigrant-advocacy organization with offices across New York City. They fight “to ensure respect and dignity for immigrant, poor, and working class New Yorkers” through “organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services” (http://www.maketheroadny.org/howwework_community.php).
You can watch a video that describes their work here:
Holly Boruck - hollyboruck.com
My name is Holly Boruck, a southern California artist who believes that it is our shared responsibility to take care of, and give support to, those who are disadvantaged. My focus is on mental health because of my experiences through a loved one with schizophrenia. I know the great need for reduction of stigma, increased services, and scientific research. My big fear with the Trump administration is that the vulnerable will be left behind. Therefore, as a means to counteract the oncoming neglect I would like my donations to go to The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation:
Douglas Bosley - douglasbosley.com
My name's Douglas Bosley. I'm an artist living and working in Wisconsin.
My charity is the Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press.
This non-profit takes legal action to preserve the free press and the First Amendment. The Committee and its staff attorneys provide free legal resources, support, and advocacy for journalists and journalism, regardless of medium. People need to be informed to maintain a working democracy.
I encourage you to support their efforts, as we will need good, secure investigative reporting to stay on top of what the incoming administration is doing. Also, journalists tend to illuminate progressive organizations and culture, so supporting the Reporters' Committee provides an important angle on investing in a range of social improvements.
I believe that in these coming years, like at all times, it's important for everybody to be honest about what they're feeling and why they're feeling it. From honesty, you can sort out what's truly unacceptable.
Ashley De-Jong Doucette - @littlesnippetsofmylife
I'm Ashley, an artist living and working in the Netherlands.
My charity of choice is the ACLU. As far as I have seen and heard in the media I consume (podcasts especially) and with reading their site, they seem to have taken a bold stance on defending vulnerable populations. I'd like to back that.
I'm Canadian, living in the Netherlands for 6 years as an expat. I was lucky enough to grow up in a very multicultural place. I have met amazing people from many different nationalities, orientations, and perspectives, and that just strengthens my belief that civil rights are a global issue as much as a local one. I've been joining organisations closer to home that fight against alt-right attitudes here. But I think many people and populations I care about in the US need support right now especially.
What I encourage in others is to actively and vocally speak against bigotry, but not just on social media curated by familiarity and likes. OUT WHERE IT MATTERS. It's important in times like these to recognize the way we isolate ourselves from the unfamiliar. I'd suggest actively engaging with people. Make a concerted effort to engage with those who aren't like you. Try to change minds towards compassion and away from hate. And where you can, contribute money or effort to charities that support vulnerable and valuable people.
Erik Flores - @erikflores_on_art
My name is Erik Flores. I am an artist living in Los Angeles, California.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is my charity of choice for their perseverance in fighting climate change. We must act by donating to such causes and voting in politicians for limiting our carbon footprint.
The Trump administration officially declared for climate denial as their main position. NASA measures carbon dioxide levels in the air to be at their highest in 650,000 years. We will have catastrophic effects if we continue to ignore global warming. My mixed media painting exhibits this foreboding nature in our current climate. I paint with carbon black acrylic to represent this dangerous pollution we continue to fuel.
Nicolas Fyhrie - nickfyhrie.com
My name is Nicolas and my charity is the LGBT Center of Los Angeles.
The LGBT Center provides for homeless youth that are so typically turned away by family. A full 40% of homeless youth are LGB or T. The Center provides counseling, health services, and housing. I'm very lucky as a gay man to have had a loving home and I believe in giving back.
The incoming administration, especially through Mike Pence, has squared itself against LGBT progress. It's more important than ever to preserve and expand the accomplishments that we've had under the Obama Administration. The LGBT Center has been pivotal in this strategy since 1969.
Recently, I've been getting involved with homelessness in LA. While I was fundraising for the Home Walk put on by United Way in Downtown LA, I was contacted by a friend and colleague over the recent death of her homeless sister. She said, "The homeless are among the most marginalized people in our community, and they deserve to receive support with dignity. When it is not enough for families to try and bring in their loved one's from the streets, we truly need a village." I encourage everyone to build villages.
Sean Ghobad - @seanmattic
My name is Sean Ghobad. I'm an artist, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley.
No Dakota Access Pipeline Solidarity is my charity of choice.
The Dakota Access Pipeline issue is a current test of how the powers that be respond to popular organizing and disadvantaged American minorities. We want to make this support as broad as possible in order to make the test as reliable and as clear as it can be. And it goes without saying, that we'd like to see the protesters' demands respected.
We live in alternate realities, that we both create and inherit. These realities can be problematic when it comes to politics and shared facts but they're positive when it comes to the diversity of imaginative expression, like you see in this fundraiser. So, I'd encourage people to try accepting and talking about differences with this kind of subtlety.
My name is Steven Higgins and I am a painter from Rialto, California.
The American Civil Liberties Union is my charity of choice.
I have chosen the ACLU because they are dedicated to protecting the rights granted to the American citizenry under the United States Constitution. Since its inception, the ACLU has advocated against government abuse and has defended essential freedoms including free speech, women's rights, civil rights, religious liberty, the right to due process, citizens’ rights to privacy, humans rights, and much more.The efforts of the ACLU are especially significant under the current circumstances in which our very own president-elect has made threatening comments such as, “I would bring back waterboarding, and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding".
I encourage everyone to read more often.
Stephanie Inagaki - @stephanieinagaki
My names's Stephanie Inagaki. I'm a multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. My charity is The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). They are an advocacy and organizing group focusing on achieving human, civil, and labor rights for immigrants. This is important to me because my parents as well as many of my friends and their families are immigrants. Our country’s history is a melting pot of people from all around the world. Los Angeles and New York City are great examples of how cultural diversity creates economic growth.
Especially with our country so divided right now, I encourage everyone to be more open minded and accepting- the more we are as an individual, the stronger our communities can be.
Emily Blythe Jones - @emilyblythejones
For: Planned Parenthood
My name is Emily Blythe Jones and I am in support of Planned Parenthood.
Supporting this organization means supporting the work they do for reproductive healthcare.
To me, the organization symbolizes a fight against regressive, repressive ideas that seek to control the body. The platform the president elect Donald Trump ran on was one that made me feel my personhood was lessened. The permissions granted to his supporters to engage in sexist, xenophobic, racist behaviors through his position terrifies me. I have needed to find a way to look forward in hopeful optimism.
The silver lining I’ve seen in this is the bonding that I have felt as we have come together to mourn the change we’re now experiencing. I would encourage others to find ways to look forward and engage in discourse that celebrates our differences as strength.
I'm Bijou. I'm an illustrator from Los Angeles.
The charity I chose is the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). I chose this organization because the incoming administration has threatened to strip rights from minorities, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and women.
The ACLU fights for all of these oppressed people to live the life a freedom that they deserve in the United States.
I encourage others to donate anything they can to the charities they believe in, and if you cannot afford that, then donate your time. I would also say: be kind to those around you and remember that just because our president spreads hate doesn't mean our people do.
Theresa Knopf - www.theresaknopf.com
The United States of America was founded on freedom. Our founders wrote into the Bill of Rights articles that outline personal freedoms that are an example of a government for the people, protecting personal liberties and basic human rights for all. This is the greatest power The United States of America has, as an inspiration for freedom and democracy around the world.
Unfortunately, many of these liberties have been directly challenged by the president-elect during his campaign and after his victory. The far reaching influence of the United States, once held as a beacon of freedom and democracy, is in jeopardy as our government turns away from the foundation built on freedom. In its place there is fear and isolationism that encourages othering of citizens and limiting rights based on discriminatory practices. We must continue to stand for Human Rights and personal liberties. We must challenge governments who act against their people by stripping their freedom.
Amnesty International is an organization rooted in preserving freedom. Its humble beginnings in 1961 as a letter writing campaign to free “prisoners of conscience” -- people imprisoned for holding political or religious views not tolerated by their government -- led to an international grassroots campaign aimed at protecting human rights around the world. Today they mobilize millions of members working through various campaigns worldwide to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Some of the recent campaigns have been to protect the people’s right to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, the “My Body My Rights” campaign, The “America I Believe In” campaign, and countless campaigns focused on individuals at risk or imprisoned unjustly.
My name is Ilyse Kullman. I’m an illustrator and educator living in Los Angeles. It troubles me that many of the amazing families I love working with could be thrown into extreme hardship over the next four years. I chose Planned Parenthood as my charity because of the vital services it provides to women and their families regardless of economic means or immigration status.
Millions of men and women depend on the Affordable Care Act for STD screening and prevention, birth control, prenatal care, and hormone replacement therapy. Planned Parenthood is one of the leading providers of these services for those insured under the Affordable Care Act. For those whose insurance does not cover HRT or abortion procedures, as well as those who require other forms of sexual or reproductive health care but lack insurance because of their immigration status or because they simply can’t afford it, Planned Parenthood is often the only option available. Their situation could become the norm if Donald Trump repeals the Affordable Care Act, as he has promised to do. If Mike Pence accomplishes his goal of removing federal support from Planned Parenthood, our individual donations will be more important than ever.
Planned Parenthood began as an organization that provided women with information about birth control when it was illegal to do so. At a time when female doctors were unheard of and racial segregation was the status quo, African American physicians like Dr. Thelma Patten and Dr. Louise Young were working for Planned Parenthood. In today’s atmosphere of growing nationalism and xenophobia, Planned Parenthood is a global movement, providing healthcare, education, and contraceptives in thirteen focus countries across South America and Africa. When I think about the world that we’ll leave to my young students, I want to believe that Planned Parenthood will be part of it.
Art Division is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010, offering professional arts training and academic and career support to young adults in the MacArthur Park community in Los Angeles. The organization works with Latino Youth, ages 18 to 26. I began this effort, having observed that when my most talented and committed students graduated from high school, they lost access to school and community-based arts programs. Art Division gives these young artists the professional training and academic support they need to succeed and transition into four-year colleges and successful careers. Simply put, under a Trump Presidency, these students will be even more vulnerable. A $1000 donation directly supports our workshop program, which is vital towards our larger goal of deeply connecting students to everything that our city's arts community has to give.
I choose the ACLU, for their simple, sharp relevance: They take legal action on politicians and government officials that ignore the constitution and they help protect our civil liberties.
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The book is a combination of lined pages and envelopes - $50 - 10 envelopes, and 172 lined pages. all materials are gray. The book is a perfect journal / keepsake holder of ephemera.
The book is 5 x 7”, just small enough to toss in a bag. The cover is gray cotton fabric, and it’s designed to lay flat.
Michelle Rozic - @michellerozic
For: The Sierra Club
My name's Michelle Rozic. I'm an artist, printmaker, and professor at Cal State University Northridge. My charity is The Sierra Club.
The Sierra Club is one of the largest environmental protection organizations in the United States, with close to 125 years of proven ability to protect and preserve America’s wilderness. President-elect Donald Trump took an anti-climate and environmental protection stance during his campaign, saying he will cancel the Paris climate accord. He now says there is “some connectivity” between human actions and climate change, and that he will have an “open mind” about the Paris climate accord. An overwhelming majority of scientists agree that it is extremely likely that humans have caused the global warming recorded since the 1950s.
Since winning the election, Trump’s stance on climate change has wavered from his hard-lined campaign promises. Protecting the environment and wildlife, promoting clean energy, and ensuring clean air and drinking water are important for the stability of future generations. Gambling on the chance that Trump will heed the advice of scientists in his Presidential policy decisions is too risky a chance to take, based on his campaign rhetoric. The Sierra Club has pledged to fight to protect the environment against the negative impact Trump policy decisions may have. With this in mind, I encourage everyone to take the time for local activism and service.
As an artist, much of my work has been touched by environmental, animal, and industrial concerns. I think that art can function as our most engaging and peaceful group meditation on communal concerns. This is especially important now, when we need to cool and undercut a political environment enflamed with verbal misunderstandings and triggers. I encourage other artists to keep widening and beautifying this great meditation.
My name is Nick Runge. I'm a painter living and working in Los Angeles. Art has always been a way for me to communicate with other people. Communication is probably the most valuable tool to move things forward, in any situation. When it breaks down, the consequences are never positive.
Trump's complete lack of willingness to communicate on key issues is frightening for human rights, civil liberties, healthcare, economic growth and recovery, and environmental protection.
My charity is the Wildlife Conservation Network. This organization is dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. Animals in the wild are increasingly threatened by climate change every day. Having a leader who officially believes it's all a "hoax" puts greater pressure on the planet and conservation efforts as a whole. With a population as large as the United States, we can make a large positive impact by supporting scientifically founded initiatives against the anti-scientific positions of a Trump administration.
My name is Vivian Shih. I am a Los Angeles / SFV based artist working in the fields of illustration and surface design; I also create personal paintings and drawings to spread awareness on matters that matter deeply to me, including environmentalism and racial/gender equality. I am currently working on a series highlighting environmental damage, with a glimpse of hopefulness.
The charity I am choosing to support is NoDAPL Solidarity. It pains me to know that innocent Native Americans are getting attacked and mistreated by the DAPL for protecting their land and water - everything currently happening at the pipeline needs our support and attention more than ever right now.
I believe that as artists, it is our duty to use our skills to create imagery that help society and our home in the long run. Let our art stand for peace and betterment for our humanity and for the Earth. I encourage everyone to use their skill sets and individual voice to speak up for those who cannot.
I chose Feeding America because I know first hand how difficult it is to give a shit about politics, civil liberties, climate change, or personal passions when you’re hungry, you don’t know where your next meal is coming from and you’re struggling just to survive. When I was growing up there were times when my family relied on food stamps to get by and more recently, while I was earning an MFA in painting from Laguna College of Art + Design, I ran out of money and chose to move out of my apartment and into a tent in a cave in the Laguna Canyon Wilderness Park. During the Winter break almost all of my classmates had gone home for the holidays, I was alone and completely out of money until financial aid would be released sometime in January, I couldn’t buy food, I relied on the homeless shelter up the street for meals. I was homeless for a total of 5 months during the coldest part of the year and it was one of the darkest times of my life. From my relatively privileged vantage point as an MFA candidate it was just a brief glimpse into what’s normal for a lot of people. We will need to be well fueled and have our basic needs be taken care of for what’s to come in the next 4 years.
In order to be a part of everyday progress I would encourage others to practice compassion, kindness, love and understanding. Take a stance and do something to support and defend the less privileged and more vulnerable and oppressed demographics as well as the Earth on which we depend and live.
I'm Erin Stone from the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.
My charity is 11:11 A Creative Collective, an arts non-profit that I co-founded in 2009 to serve the Valley community.
I would say that one of the biggest values for me is art as a unifier of communities. In our area, we see how easily it collects all of the different demographics of one of the most diverse areas of the country. I definitely believe that our events and programs prove the value of cultural diversity, not just as policy but as a life-enriching local celebration. I think that this showcase of true democratic values is most important at a time like this.
I encourage others to speak up and take nothing for granted. When I formed 11:11, I was motivated to create the type of community that I wanted to live in. And I would say that if you see a need, go ahead and gather people together to fill the gaps.
John Sweeney - @jsweeney2147
I'm John Sweeney. I'm an artist and concept designer from the Los Angeles.
My charity is the ACLU. As a relatively unpolitical white guy surrounded by a diverse group of friends that I love and support, I'd like to cast the widest net in defending against civil liberties violations. I feel that a lot of American bigotry is being brought to light by the Trump administration and the ACLU will very publicly expose it.
I would encourage everybody to actively surround themselves with a diverse group of people because it normalizes difference, raises intelligence, and improves quality of life.
Juliette Toma - www.juliettetoma.com
My name is Juliette Toma. I am an illustrator from Los Angeles.
I chose the National Women’s Law Center because I believe women should have laws that protect them: from access to reproductive heath care to closing the wage gap. Trump’s statements about women and his interest in overturning Roe vs Wade threaten to make America worse for women.
The National Women’s Law Center works to promote equality and opportunity for women, helping them reach their full potential.
I encourage people to stay informed, donate what they can, and volunteer.
My name is Steven Van. I grew up in Southern California. As an artist, I attempt to capture the movement and energy of my physical, emotional, and spiritual-life force without any direct, obvious representation of them. Like many things, a deeper inquiry and understanding leads to some form of abstraction.
This deeper inquiry applies to human life as well. That's why I'm all for animal rights. We share the same essential qualities in adapting to our environment and surviving in overlapping cycles. All living, breathing, sentient creatures should should be able to live without abuse, torture, or dislocation. This is the pure law. The administration states they are on it... Lets hope they keep their promises this time.
What I would encourage others to do as a part of everyday progress is to be sincere through everything you do. I think that no matter what government you live under, that's all you have. And with life being so short, it's an idea to spread.