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.
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our society and encouraging open dialogue about institutions, policies or cultural "norms" that are discriminatory and outdated.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?
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:
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?