Are you a visual artist who feels strongly about social justice issues such as Police Brutality?
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Police violence is escalating to unbelievable proportions. In just the last 8 weeks, at least 5 people have been killed in New York City. Imagine what that number is nationwide, or globally. It is the time for us Visual Artists to make a stand against this violence by utilizing our creative assets to organize collectively and create awareness about the Police Brutality Epidemic, and educate people about Police Brutality through the stories of Stolen Lives.
Something changes within people when they read about Stolen Lives. They are automatically confronted with their life-long beliefs about police, the media, and ultimately the criminal justice system. Many believe that when police brutality happens, it’s the work of a “few bad apples” in the police department. Well, the Stolen Lives Project and the Stolen Lives Illustrated Project is proof that this isn’t the case at all. Through tedious and endless hours of research, the Stolen Lives Project has documented thousands of cases, where the majority of the victims were actually not doing anything wrong, and even if they were, not deserving of execution. When audiences begin to learn of the horrifying volume of police murder cases that often result in little to no consequence for the murderer, they will realize that police violence can happen to anyone, even You & Me.
The purpose of the Stolen Lives Illustrated Project is to commemorate the individuals who have lost their lives to Police Brutality through the process of creating art in honor of their Stolen Life. A narrative is attached to the portrait so that our audience can come to know of their story while viewing their portrait. We believe that creating digestible pieces of media will help spread the word about Stolen Lives, ultimately increasing collective awareness about the Police Brutality Epidemic.
We would like this project to be a collective effort. We are not interested in individual fame or pats on the back. This work takes a person who feels called to do the work, because this information is a necessity for the People. If you are a visual artist and you feel you are a fit for this project, please contact us. Email us with questions & comments at: ACDMedia@Ymail.Com, or leave a comment on this page.
Written: October 16th, 2012