revolution Art Offensive

The morning of November 9, 2016, many people woke up with a horrible hangover stemming from the results of America's craziest election.  

For whatever reason, I wasn't one of them. I realized that the most important thing I could do was not give in to despair, and help others not buckle under what was a shocking reality to confront. 

The most overt action I took was rallying artists. Creative people are often overlooked for their contributions to political life but when the chips are down, they know how to inspire action. I hoped that by tapping artists–pros and amateurs, adults and children–we could get ahead of Trump's message of hate, xenophobia, protectionsim and cynicism, while beating back the ennui that I saw grip people as soon as the election was called. Any single person who wasn't rendered moribund by the new Trumpian reality would become crucial in getting a cogent resistance movement off the ground quickly, and even our tiny offerings would be of service for what was going to be a helluva fight.

In a completely ad hoc fashion, I started our little art collective. Each artist* picked a cause that directly confronted the policies of Trumpistan, and his or her design raised money for them. That way artists contributed talent but not actual cash, which for artists, writers, musicians, is important since most of us are broke; the agencies who were going to become desperately important in this new landscape similarly benefited from visibility and money. 

Revolution Art Offensive was one of the best ideas I've ever followed through with, and I thank all of the artists who ponied up time, designs, and enthusiasm as well as all the people who bought them, shared them, or believed that we were on the side of righteousness in a dark moment. 

*There were scads of other people who aided our quixotic battles from the start, including most especially my old high school friend Megan DiLullo who is now my partner-in-business; she's not an artist but she's done everything for us from modeling, book-keeping, talent recruitment, social media guru, and slogan generator. She's been magical. 

Go to my THANKS page to read about all the other people who have been a party to this project.