The NEA has released an online research tool based on information of 2.1 million artists in the United States’ labor force. “Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists,” contains 70 searchable tables with figures on working artists by state and metropolitan area, by demographic information (including race and ethnicity, age, gender, and disability status), and by residence and workplace. The tool offers tables, a map of state-level rankings, and links to original sources.
The tool can also be found under the Tools and Tips page.
After 45 days without an arrest, a year of speculation and conjecture, six weeks of legal spectacle and sixteen hours of deliberation, a Florida jury finally handed George Zimmerman a ‘not guilty’ verdict in his trial for the murder of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.
Many people, myself included, are outraged and heartbroken by this outcome. At the same time, I am completely NOT surprised about the verdict in light of the historic and current injustices faced by African Americans in the U.S. The phrase “no justice, no peace” takes on a particular resonance given Saturday night’s verdict and the subsequent marches and protests in cities across the US. Still, when we talk about justice, what are we talking about? Criminal justice or social justice? How does art help us navigate this terrain or answer this question? What role does it play in our collective expressions of rage or healing? How does it respond to and support our desire for activism?
How have you used art and design to respond to this tragedy? What examples have moved you in recent days? How do you define justice?
For the next several posts, the Baltimore Art + Justice Project will highlight the ways in which art and design has responded to the question of justice for Trayvon Martin.
Below are some examples across the spectrum of music, visual art and poetry.
“Made You Die” Trayvon Martin Tribute by Yasiin Bey, Dead Prez, MiKEFLO
25 Works Of Art Paying Tribute To Trayvon Martin
Trayvon, Redux, by Rita Dove
Please feel free to share examples by posting them in the comments section.
Baltimore Art + Justice Project
Art with a Heart is a Baltimore organization that has been working since 2000 to provide visual art programs to underserved children, youth, and adults. This summer marks the 8th year of Art with a Heart’s Summer Job Program which creates opportunities for youth to learn valuable job skills while making marketable art. The art students in the program create is available to purchase at HeARTwares and will be displayed at the August 2nd event Shop & Bop.
Art with a Heart continues to provide community based programming, recently holding art programs at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, McDonogh School, the Edgecombe Circle Elementary/Middle School, and Bristol House.
Art with a Heart’s HeARTwares is a retail store where the public can purchase items made through their different programs. The proceeds from the sale of art is shared by Art with a Heart and the artist or community partner. Additionally HeARTwares works in alignment with the Summer Job Program, providing real job experience, such as money handling and working with the public. HeARTwares is located at 623 W. 34th Street, and has an entrance at 3355 Keswick Road as well. HeARTwares is currently open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday from 12 to 6 pm, and Sunday from 12 to 5 pm.
Upcoming Art with a Heart events:
August 2nd, 2013: Shop & Bop: See and purchase artwork created by students in the Summer Job Program
August 2nd, 2013, 5:00-10:00pm : Partnership with The Gathering, support students and shop their artwork
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