ARTivism is a portmanteau word combining art and activism and is a concept that has existed for as long as humans have been creating. The Massachusetts-based ARTivism Initiative that was launched by Amber Haney in 2019 to encourage local individuals to use art and activism as tools to spread consciousness and inspire change in our communities. The mission of our ARTivism Initiative is to practice and nurture open-mindedness, acceptance, gratitude, and compassion as individuals from all walks of life gather together to create, inform, and tell their stories through art.
The ARTivism Initiative is ongoing and theme-based. It encourages individuals to think critically about our world — an array of topics from social justice to environmental protection will be discussed with care and gentle consideration. This initiative strives to create a safer space for individuals to practice their craft and explore delicate topics. The ARTivism initiative is grounded in visual arts, but invites individuals to consider any modality of artistic expression for this project.
ARTivism Initiative: The Things We Carry was the first of the ARTivism events, which launched in August of 2019. The initiative was hosted at Three Match Creations, Inc. throughout the month of August. Art workshops and various visual arts materials were offered to local artists every Sunday in August from 3-6pm. The ARTivism free public gallery was hosted at Three Match Creations on August 25th from 5-7pm and featured each of the works made at the ARTivism workshops and those that were submitted from artists across the country.
Themes featured: Animal Rights, Gender Roles, Mental Health, #MeToo, Stigma, Sustainability, Womxn’s Rights
Featured artists included: Amber Haney, Brynna Hall, Ilana Joyce Cady, Kari Tamblyn, Madison Hadley, Meghan Lewis, Raeanne Mullet, Rebecca Mayes, Thomas Moser, and Victoria Stong.
The next ARTivism event, ARTivism Initiative: Postcard Project, will be a juried gallery show, hosted at ātac: downtown arts and music in Framingham, MA in Spring, 2020. More details to come.