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Artistic Rebuttal was first created to put anecdotes of arts' importance from constituents in front of their elected officials.We began in 2011, to fight for the same, level funding as the NEA received as 2010.

This year, as of HIS 4th DAY IN OFFICE, Trump and his team mean to eliminate the NEA all together. WE CAN'T LET THAT HAPPEN.

That means we are collecting rebuttals again to show Trump and his administration the IMPACT of the ARTS.

SEND US YOUR BATTLE CRIES IN WHATEVER FORM YOUR ART TAKES:

A JPG, A PDF, A SOUND FILE, A VIDEO, A WORD DOC, A BLOG ENTRY, ETC. WHATEVER YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE, WE'LL FIND A WAY TO USE IT. EMAIL YOUR REBUTTALS TO HELLO@AMYARTISTICREBUTTAL.COM

WE WILL BE COLLECTING THESE YEAR ROUND, BUT IF YOU WANT YOUR REBUTTALS TO BE SHOWCASED IN MATERIALS SENT TO DC FOR ARTS ADVOCACY DAY, PLEASE SEND THEM IN BY MARCH 1ST.

WHAT IS AN ARTISTIC REBUTTAL?

A PERSONAL STATEMENT, MANIFESTED IN WHATEVER MEDIUM YOU ARE MOST PASSIONATE, PROFESSING WHY THE ARTS ARE ESSENTIAL TO EVERY FACET OF YOUR LIFE.


Artistic Rebuttal Project stands up for all Americans' right of Free Speech and we work towards informing artists of all skin colors, creeds and orientations, of the nuances of that amendment.

Trumpmerica thinks artists are here to make people smile.

While many do, the arts exist to hold a mirror up to society, good, bad & ugly.

The arts have always existed to ignite social justice and progress. A Trump presidency WILL NOT change our artistic goals of honesty, reflection of the depths of our society and encouraging open dialogue about institutions, policies or cultural "norms" that are discriminatory and outdated. Our America has not suddenly become a victim of political correctness - it's the courage of minorities who are finally able and willing to stand up for themselves and the principles of this nation rebutting those who are resisting change in the face of politics that don't work for the multi-colored and multi-faceted majority.

The Artistic Rebuttal Project started in 2011 when Amy overheard a group of students on the Philadelphia subway talk about how useless an art degree was. Truthfully, she heard "art is useless" and experienced first of many art advocacy "aha" moments...If this conversation was happening in Philadelphia, an artistic mecca for some, it had to be happening in every city across America. Amy knew she had to do something about it.


What does the Artistic Rebuttal Project stand for? 

ARP MISSION:

The Artistic Rebuttal Project's mission is to provide an outlet for anyone to share their arts experience in an effort to advocate on behalf of creative careers, respect for artists and their legal rights. We also encourage discussion around the placement and application of forms of art that attempt to create deeper human communication.

  • We serve anyone who recognizes the artistic/creative process as a multi-faceted, productive, valuable process; appreciates the arts on any level and wants to share their reasons for loving the arts with the world.
  • We collect stories of arts' importance through one on one conversations, social media platforms, calls for rebuttals, collaborations and other forums. We share these interactions/stories online, during public lectures, events, in print and other visual forms to foster a wider appreciation of the arts.

ARTISTIC REBUTTAL VALUES:

  • To promote Visual Artists Rights and advocates for artists to be better educated about the history of artists (a.k.a. the historical perception of artists) in America
  • To promote the creative process as a career
  • Create an outlet for creative people to share their arts experiences 
  • Advocate on behalf of artists and their skill sets, arts education and arts access
  • Stimulate people to make art

Watch Alex Wolf's Artistic Rebuttal, in collaboration with Appalachian State University, 2012:

Muhktar from Mighty Writers, showing off his "mad drawing skills."

To get those advocacy muscles activated, here are some things to think about:

  • When one thinks about the language artists are trained to use when speaking about creating in their respective disciplines and how often that language is difficult to decipher for non-artists - are artists the best people to proactively advocate for their fields?

  • Amy Adler quote: "I argue that the best thing for the public's interest in art might be to free art from the shackles of the artist - or more precisely, from our fantasies of the solo genius artist." How do you think an artist's interest in their work aligns with the public's interest in that same work at any given time?

  • When we talk about advocating on the defensive (i.e. Culture Wars), does having the artist talk about their intentions behind or for whom the work was created help or hinder the perception of a work of art that is under attack?


Since ARP's beginning, our Calendar at a glance: 

2016

MARCH

3rd ANNUAL ARTS ADVOCACY DAY PHONE DRIVE: "GO FORTH BY PHONE" - MARCH 8TH @ the Philadelphia Flower Show in partnership with THE PHS and GROUNDSWELL, PA

APRIL

CREATIVE GENIUS CONNECTOR's SALON   Theme: Celebrating Small But Mighty Arts Grant Awardees! - April 1st @ The Barnes Foundation's First Friday! event in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts

MAY

CREATIVE GENIUS CONNECTOR'S SALON   Theme: Teaching Artists / Hiring Teaching Artist Best Practices - May 6th @ The Barnes Foundation's First Friday! event in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts

JUNE

CREATIVE GENIUS CONNECTOR'S SALON   Theme: Get to Know Small But Mighty and Artistic Rebuttal - June 3rd @ The Barnes Foundation's First Friday! event in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts

JULY

CREATIVE GENIUS CONNECTOR'S SALON   Theme: Get Your Art Out In Public Spaces - July 1st @ The Barnes Foundation's First Friday! event in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts

Featured Guests Netanel Portier of Mural Arts and Jarrod Markman of FringeArts and DaVinci Art Alliance.

AUGUST

CREATIVE GENIUS CONNECTOR'S SALON   Theme: Get Your Art Out In Public Spaces - August 5th @ The Barnes Foundation's First Friday! event in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts

Featured Guests : Kelly Lee of CreativePHL and Pam Bridgeforth from PACDC.

SEPTEMBER

CREATIVE GENIUS CONNECTOR'S SALON   Theme: Intention and Ethics in Activist Art  - September 2nd @ The Barnes Foundation's First Friday! event in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts

Featured Guests: Meredith Sonnen of FringeArts, Conrad Benner of StreetsDept, and poet/emcee LindoYES!

OCTOBER

CREATIVE GENIUS CONNECTOR'S SALON   Theme: Finding Your Creative Space - October 7th @ The Barnes Foundation's First Friday! event in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts

Featured Guests: Terri Shockley of the Community Education Center and Karl Morris of Urban Art Gallery.

NOVEMBER

CREATIVE GENIUS CONNECTOR'S SALON   Theme: Taking Care of Your Artist-Self- November 4th @ The Barnes Foundation's First Friday! event in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts

Featured Guests: Creative Connector Organizers Erica Hawthorne-Manon and Amy Scheidegger.


2015

MARCH

Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium - March 22nd @ American University    Spoke on a panel called "Putting Artists First: Artist Incubators and Other Support Structures."

MARCH 

2nd Annual Arts Advocacy Day Phone Drive: "Go Forth By Phone" - March 24th @ Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy in partnership with the OACCE and Groundswell, PA

NOVEMBER

Creative Strength Swap - November 14th @ Painted Bride Art Center in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts


2014

MARCH 

Arts Advocacy Day Phone Drive: "Go Forth By Phone" - March 25th @ CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia in partnership with GroundswellPA and CultureWorks

JUNE 

Creative Strength Swap - June 21 @ ImpactHub Philly in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts, Impact Hub and Witty Gritty

SEPTEMBER 

Amy Scheidegger's Artist Booth at PHAIR - Sept 27th @ Headhouse Square in partnership with Small But Mighty Arts,  live painting at PHAIR 


2013

MARCH

Artistic Rebuttal Round-Table - March 29th @ the beautiful home of Hillary Murray

APRIL 

Pitt County Community College Lecture - April 18th @ Fulford Auditorium on campus

JUNE 

Neighborhood House Community Paint Day - June 30th @ the Neighborhood House in partnership with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

AUGUST 

"Advocacy Is Not a Four Letter Word" Potluck Picnic - August 21st @ the Queen Village Community Center in partnership with Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia 


2012

MAY 

2012 Artistic Rebuttal Fundraiser - -May 3rd @ Replica Creative

SEPTEMBER 

West Philadelphia Community Paint Day - September 27th @ 4118 Lancaster Ave in partnership with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

OCTOBER 

Mural Dedication "Art Makes Me Confident: A Youth Artistic Rebuttal" - October 12th @ 4118 Lancaster Avenue in partnership with The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

OCTOBER 

"Conundrums in Art Advocacy" Debate for Those Invested In the Arts - October 24th @ the Neighborhood House in partnership with Emerging Arts Leaders: Philadelphia

OCT/NOV 

Appalachian State University Visit - Oct 31st - Nov 3rd class visits, exhibit, reception and lecture, campus wide.


2011

April 

Artistic Rebuttal / Mighty Writers Exhibit and Fundraiser - April 20th @ AnjuThreads Threading Salon

MAY 

Louisiana State University Visit - May 3rd - 5th class visits, exhibit jurying and lecture, campus wide

JULY 

Artistic Rebuttal Book Signing - July 16th @ the Neighborhood House

Images from recent Artistic Rebuttal events:

 

Images from our AUGUST 2016 Creative Genius Connector's Salon at The Barnes Foundation First Friday Event with Featured Guests emcee/poet LindoYes, Conrad Benner of StreetsDept.com and Meredith Sonnen of FringeArts.

Images from our AUGUST 2016 Creative Genius Connector's Salon at The Barnes Foundation First Friday Event with Featured Guests Kelly Lee of Creative Philadelphia and Pamela Bridgeforth of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.

Images from our JULY 2016 Creative Genius Connector's Salon at The Barnes Foundation First Friday Event with Featured Guests Netanel Portier of Mural Arts and Jarrod Markman of FringeArts and DaVinci Art Alliance.

Images from our MAY 2016 Creative Genius Connector's Salon at The Barnes Foundation First Friday Event.

Images from our FIRST Creative Genius Connector's Salon at The Barnes Foundation First Friday! event. April 1st, 2016.

Images from the second Creative Strength Swap, in partnership with Erica Hawthorne-Manon at Small But Mighty Arts & Painted Bride Art Center.

Images from the first Creative Strength Swap, in partnership with Erica Hawthorne-Manon at Small But Mighty Arts & Impact Hub.

THANK YOU:

 

OUR 2011, 2012 REBUTTAL-ERS, DONORS & SUPPORTERS

(in first name order)

Adam Adcock, Adam Jacono, Adesola Ogunleye, Alex Klinestiver, Alex Morales, Alex Wolf, Alison Wade, AnjuThreads, Anne Mauser, April Williamson, Arlene Whiting, Ashley Karoly, Audrey Boyle, Austen Mauney, Becky Maule, Bob Bruhin, Brandia Deatherage, Brett Mapp, Brian Dallow, Brian Kall, Brian Moore, Bridgette Bussey, Brooke C. Greenberg, Cadance Hinkle, Caitlin DeMarco, Carolyn F. Edelmann, Carrie Phillips, Cayla McCrae, Cecelia Fitzgibbon, President of Moore College of Art and Design, Chase Key, Chris Sannino, Christian Witte, Christina Cucurullo, Courtney Barr and the Louisiana State University Graphic Design Department, Crystal Holman, Dan Lisowski, Danny Reeves, Dawn Crandall, Dawn Newton, Dianna Loughlin and Appalachian State University Art School, Divya Janardhan, Donna Scheuerle, Dylan Newton, E. Joyce Moore, Emilee Icenhour, Eric Okdeh at the Mural Arts Program, Eric Schreffler, Eric Stewart, Erica Chan, Erich Cammarata, Erin Duncan, Fred and Mary Williamson, Gabe Fankhauser, Gary Nemcosky, Gary Steuer at the Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, George Nelson, The Geraldine R Dodge Foundation, Glenna Rohrbacher, Grace Peralta, Hillary Beal, Ibrahim Kobeissi, Jackie Royce and her school kids, Jelani Drew, James Claiborne, Jane Gillian Morrow, Jane Golden, Director of the Mural Arts Program, Jay Wojnarowski, Jen Harrison, Jennifer Kilfara Polillo, Jennifer Pratt Johnson, Jennifer Schick, Jessica Eldredge, JJ Tiziou, Joan Palumbo, Joan K Smith, Jacob Voigt, Joe Bigley, Joey Toler, Director of the Beaufort County Arts Council, Jordan Steady, Josh Humphries, Joshua Coombs, Julie Hawkins, Director of the Arts Administration Graduate Program at Drexel University, Julie Mixon, Justin Wiggins, Karen Davis, Karim Olaechea, Katherine Fritz, Kelly Ensley, Keni Thomas, Kenyetta Overton, Kim Kindelsperger, Kirstie Fleger, Kristen Scheidegger, Kristy Katz and her 3rd grade class at Harrison Middle School, Lacie Johnson, Laura Harsant Reeves, Lauren Harbison, Lauren Roquemore, Laurie Pope, Leonora Geddie, Lillian Dunn and Apiary Magazine, Lisa Murch at the Mural Arts Program, Lisa Santoro Matthews, Lorraine Delgado, Lucia McLaughlin, Marge Levine, Maria Fumai Dietrich, Marilyn MacGregor, Mark Nystrom, Mary Cain, Mary Walter Rumley, Mary Williams, Matt Mitchell, Megan Lockhart, Megan Milot, Melanie Waters, Meredith Isenhour, Meredith Sonnen, Michael Holland, Mike Johnson, Mike Moss, Mike Piciucco, Mike Scanz Danzis, Nancy DeLucia, Nathan Black, Nathan James Black, Neil and Meredith Loughlin, Owners of Lone Leaf Gallery and Framing Shop, Nick and Sandi Scheidegger, Nicole Desbois, Nikki Williamson, Nora Banks at the Please Touch Museum, Rachel Brown, Rachel Loeper at Mighty Writers, Rachel Zimmerman, Director of InLiquid, Randall Dameron, Ras Mashramani, Rashni Stanford, Rebecca Pitocco, Reese Juel, Robert (Bobby) Wildermuth, Roxana Azar, Sally Peters, Sara Cederberg, Sarah Hinton, Sarah Searcy, Shelley Thorstensen, Shelton Meares, Stuart Parks III, Susan Weiss, Taylor Baroody, Terasia LeMelle, Teresa Bentley, Theresa Redmond, Tim Martin, Timothe Cavenaugh, Todd Cook, Tracy Buchanan and the 2010-2011 AAGA Board, Veronica Plankers, Wanda Flythe, Waylon Bigsby, Willie Alsedek, Ximena Varela at American University, Ying Le, Yunlin Zhu 

 

OUR 2013 MURAL AARTS COLLABORATION SUPPORT

The City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services

E3 WEST Teaching Artists: Jared Wood, Karina Puente

E3 WEST Artists: Mark Browning, Amir Casey, Shyfierah Emerson, Marcus Frye-Boyd, Oshod McDuffie, Anita Pacheco, Delaia Roberson, Antonia Rodriguez. Takima Swinson. Dejah Vincent. Niha Walton, Aaron Willis

FELTONVILLE Teaching Artists: Patty Barrera, Sam Rodriguez

FELTONVILLE Artists: Miguel Caro, Christian Hayes, Alexandra Lopez, Esmeralda Lopez, Tatyana Neang, Jasmaira Rosado, Haleem Samha, Alyssa Segarra, Jessica Seng, Monica Seng, Sona Thach, Jhon Varela 

PCAT Teaching Artists: Bonnie Whitfield, Zeke Jenei

PCAT Artists: Roderick Bonner, Rashelle Brooks, Stephanie Hogue, Legeia Thomas-Fleetwood, Damar Townsend, Ashley Wilson, Maalik Ulmulk 

State Correctional Institution at Graterford Artists: Ron Connolly, Luis “Suave” Gonzalez, David Goodiel, Darrell Van Mastrigt, Joe Miller, Felix “Freddie” Rodriguez, John Sheppard, Thomas Schilk 

Mural Arts Support: Jane Golden, Lisa Murch, Eric Okdeh, Jameson Paige, Michael Reback, Yolanda Wisher

 

OUR 2015 INDEGOGO CONTRIBUTORS FOR OUR FIRST CHILDREN'S BOOK

(in first name order)

Alison Zeidman, Amelia Longo, Austin Paragas, Ben Grinberg, Bridgette A Bussey, Cara E Scharf, Carly Rapaport-Stein, Christine Weller, Ellen Rosewall, Erica Hawthorne, Gigi Naglak, Helen Pruden, Jennifer Pratt Johnson, Jenny L Hershour, Julie Hawkins, Karina Puente, Laura Harsant, Lawrence L Epstein, Lorraine M DelgadoAmador, Lynette Zimmerman, Maria Ceferatti, Maria Fumai Dietrich, Michael L Norris, Michelle Baxter, Molly Braverman, Morgan E Gengo, Neville Vakaria, Nicole K Allen, Noah Mallitz, Rebekah Sassi, Tracy Buchanan

 

OUR 2016 BARNES FOUNDATION SPEAKER SERIES COLLABORATION & CONTRIBUTORS

Erica Hawthorne-Manon, Tiffany Spraggins-Payne, Kathleen Green, Netanel Portier, Jarrod Markman, Kelly Lee, Pamela Bridgeforth, Dawn Loveland Navarro, Lisa Nelson-Haynes, Nina Ball Aka-Lyrispect, LindoYES, Conrad Benner, Meredith Sonnen