Artistic Projects

[Note: Here are some of the artistic projects and images that have emerged in response to publicly funded racism and violence in Ferguson, Staten Island, and elsewhere. Please send relevant images and information to [at]] and we will add them.

Image by Angela Miles, USDAC Master of Swag,

Artists Against Police Violence. A grassroots online space of graphic and illustrative resources available for communities against police murders of Black people. Many images available for download.

Inkworks Press #BlackLivesMatter posters for Eric Garner and Michael Brown designed by DignidadRebelde.

The Ferguson Moment. From the Theatre Communications Group, a conversation about how artists can respond to the events in Ferguson.

Facing Our Truth: Festival of short plays inspired by the Trayvon Martin case, from The New Black Fest.

T-shirts created by arts activists in California. Sold to benefit Michael Brown Fund and other related funds.

T-shirt project to benefit Missourians Organized for Reform and Empowerment (MORE).

Jasiri X recording after the shooting of Michael Brown.

J Cole recording after the shooting of Michael Brown.

Ezra Furman’s song, “Ferguson’s Burning.”

Hands Up Don’t Shoot: Artists Respond: The The Alliance of Black Art Galleries call for entries in a St. Louis-based art exhibit. Contact Freida L. Wheaton of Salon 53, 314.494.4660.

#ChalkedUnarmed draws chalk outlines of people on public sidewalks or plazas. The artist then adds the name of an unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer, with the date and location of his death.

"Last Words" a video by Shirin-Banou Bargi featuring the last words of eleven people killed by police.

Lauryn Hill recording of "Black Rage" released after the shooting of Michael Brown.

A group of artists stage a silent protest in front of the LOVE statue in Philly, complete with a fallen body, with disturbing results.

Don't Shoot: A recording by The Game, featuring Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh & TGT. Procedes go to Michael Brown Memorial Fund.

Unmake it, bit by bit. A poem by S. Harrell.

Image/Video Gallery

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Other Cultural Resources

Making Waves: A Guide to Cultural Strategy from The Culture Group explains the concept of cultural strategy—how it works, and why it matters.

Creative Resistance is a showcase of activist art. 

Arts and Democracy is a network and trove of resources for fomenting culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. 


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