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ARTivism: TALMBOUT the VOTE Digital Poster-Design Contest Around Antiracism and Election 2020

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Tim Doud and Zoe Charlton

American University’s Antiracist Research and Policy Center (Antiracism Center), in collaboration with Eaton Workshop DC and ‘sindikit, announces a new community initiative designed to showcase the ways artists and art activators are contributing to national conversations about anti-racism, systemic racism, and institutional accountability and change. The first project under this new initiative kicks off with a call for entries for ARTIVISM: TALMBOUT the VOTE, a digital poster-design contest.  
Twelve artistic designs will be chosen for printing and featured as part of Eaton Workshop’s virtual and in-residence art exhibition and the Antiracism Center’s forthcoming 2021 calendar. Inspired by Janelle Monae’s social-justice anthem ‘Talmbout,’ artists and designers of all ages are welcome to create digital poster-designs that engage antiracism in the upcoming election. Themes to consider include voting early, poll work, voter suppression, and human rights.

“We’re inviting people to make something that’s really important to them,” said Zoë Charlton, an artist and professor in AU’s Department of Art, who along with Tim Doud, artist and professor at AU, are affiliate faculty members in the Antiracism Center and the creatives behind ‘sindikit, which they began in 2016 as a professional collaboration to connect with artists, their research, and their communities. “This opportunity is for those who are new to art and design, from young artists to experienced ones, who are inspired by antiracism and America’s cherished right to vote. This is an opportunity for everyone, and for people of all ages and backgrounds.”
In the coming weeks, Eaton Workshop, ‘sindikit and AU’s Antiracism Center will announce further programming around social justice in America and antiracism and the role of art. Programming will include a video performance series, online exhibitions, transdisciplinary panels, and community conversations. 

Link to application form and contest details:

This call for entry is free and open to the public.

Work Media: Digital Design for Poster
Work Size: verticle/portrait orientation, 16" x 21”; 300 dpi

1. All entries may only use up to three colors (white may be an additional color in your design; three colors plus white). The final output will use Pantone colors and be printed on a white paper ground.
2. Images must be in JPEG format with image size set to 300 dpi
3. Please title submission file using the following format: LastName_FirstName_Title

Submissions Due: Thursday, October 15, 2020 by 11 PM EST
Artists Notified: Monday, October 19, 2020