Kids in America spend an average of 1,200 hours a year in school, and in today’s climate of unprecedented division, misinformation, and isolation, what they see on their classroom walls matters more than ever.
With your help, we plan to cover at least TWENTY THOUSAND of those walls with new icons: images of ten young leaders representing ten diverse movements, each carrying the hopes of their generation, each already building us a better world.
Last year, 22,840 of you helped Amplifier break a Kickstarter record with We The People, a campaign that hacked national newspapers with full-page ads in advance of the presidential Inauguration and the first Women’s March. Millions of people across the U.S. and in 193 countries around the world downloaded our free art to carry into the streets and to hang in public spaces.
Now we want to reach a new audience and we need your help again. In the next chapter of this project, We The Future, we are shifting from streets to schools. The art, from some of the greatest activist artists working today—including Shepard Fairey, Rommy Torrico, Munk One, and Kate DeCiccio—has already been commissioned.
We The Future are young leaders at the forefront of change, and they’re building organizations and movements all across the country. They are are drafting and passing legislation. They are working on climate justice, criminal justice reform, voting rights, immigration justice and immigrant rights, disability justice, gun reform, queer rights, and literacy, and they are changing the world.
Their work is not partisan. It is forming the basis of a new era of human and environmental rights. These icons carry the energy of countless communities and are already showing us a path forward, a way out of this time of uncertainty. These leaders are showing us that the Future is already here, and the work is already happening. It’s time to listen to their voices.
Art in the classroom is an essential tool for this work.
Art is a megaphone for important but unheard voices that need amplifying. Art gives us symbols to gather around, builds community, and helps us feel like we’re not alone. Art is a bridge that unites movements under shared values. Art starts conversations. But most important, Art is a COMPASS that points to the future we want to live in.
Building on our Education Amplifier pilot program, which last year brought art and teaching materials to more than 2,500 registered teachers in every U.S. state, we collaborated with 10 grassroots organizations to create this new series of portraits and dramatically expand our art’s impact in the classroom.
At the end of this campaign, with your help, the art you see here will be distributed to at least 20,000 classrooms nationwide. Images of these young leaders will hang on the walls of schools in every state, and they will come with teaching tools built in collaboration with thousands of educators and hundreds of nonprofits. These messages and their paths to action will be a constant reminder to the kids in these classrooms of who We The Futurealready are, and who they themselves can be.
We don’t have one easy solution for you, WE HAVE 10! Follow any one of them, and the world will be a better place.
Now the tricky part: Printing and distributing these images to 20,000 classrooms! This is where we need your help the most!
We need you to help us reach teachers! Teachers, we need you to help us reach students!
Everyone else, to support this effort, find out more here!
Join the next cohort of Education Amplifiers for the 2018-2019 school year to bring art, dialogue, and cross-cultural understanding into your classroom.
This fall we are launching our next non-partisan art campaign, We the Future. This program will amplify young leaders who are building organizations and movements across the country, that are drafting and passing new legislation, fighting for voting rights, and leading efforts on criminal justice reform, immigration rights, gun reform, disability justice, queer and trans rights, literacy, women’s rights, and climate justice. In partnership with artists such as Shepard Fairey, Kate Deciccio, Rommy Torrico and Munk One, these visuals, and the storytelling surrounding them will be shared with you to engage students in dialogue, inspire them to take action, and reshape the national narrative. We will be distributing artwork, and accompanying teaching tools outlining paths to real-world action, to 20,000 or more classrooms during the 2018-2019 school year. Join Amplifier and 20,000 educators across the country to tell a new story about the future of America.
Retake Our Democracy is a grassroots organization, co-founded by Roxanne Barber and Paul Gibson of Santa Fe, which is attempting to Engage, Educate, and Activate the 99%. Paul and Roxanne will be in Gallup on Friday August 24 at 1:00pm (until about 2:30). We will be meeting at Camille’s to discuss Strategies for the 2018 Election, 2019 Legislative Priorities and the formation of a Legislative Response Team. I know this is late notice and many of you are working at that time, but please come and join our conversation for all or part of the time if you can.
Regardless of whether or not you can make it on Friday, you can learn more about Retake on their website at Retake Our Democracy . Also, if you haven’t done so already, please go the site and click on Speak Up New Mexico! TAKE THE LEGISLATIVE SURVEY! I originally sent out the link to the survey in May and I know some of you have already completed it–Thank you! For those of you who haven’t, this is your opportunity to make your voice heard as to what you deem are the most important issues for the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session. In addition, if you choose, you can sign up to participate on the Legislative Response Team (learn more about this at the end of the survey).