The Art of Activism: Public Art as Protest

After the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers earlier this year, protests erupted across the country. Grand Rapids was no exception. Instead of dwelling on the destruction that resulted from a riot that followed a peaceful protest, Hannah Berry of Lions & Rabbits, an art space in the Creston neighborhood, organized a mural painting project on the boarded-up windows. Messages of peace, love, unity, equality, and resistance were painted by hundreds of artists and community members.

For centuries, public art, protest signs, and posters have given a voice to the voiceless during important social movements. 2020 is a pivotal year for racial justice, led by courageous BIPOC voices and the Black Lives Matter organization. How is art playing a role in this particular movement? Why is public art important for social justice? How can graphic designers take part?

Join us for a virtual panel discussing these questions and more with Hannah Berry, owner of Lions & Rabbits, and two talented artists who contributed their work to this project, Jasmine Bruce and Asia Horne.

Zoom link will be sent out the day before the talk via email.

Free to attend, but $5 suggested donation to Lions & Rabbits.

When & Where
Tue, Aug 25, 2020 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT