This month, we had the honor of teaming up with the folks at Amplifier and the Women's March. Never in a million years did we think we would be working with two of the most important activist groups in the USA. They brought some amazing artists on board, and it was humbling to team up with such inspiring guest curators.
One year after the historic Women’s March on Washington, Amplifier and the Women’s March teamed up with partners across the country to shift the culture around voting through public art. They invited female-identifying and gender non-conforming residents of the United States to submit their artwork to #PowerToThePolls - a national voter-registration drive and traveling art exhibition. A twelve-person curatorial team reviewed over 3,000 submissions and selected 50 artworks meant to energize swing-state voters, inspiring them to take to the polls and elect leaders who reflect American majority values.
Amplifier gave us access to their #PowerToThePolls artworks, and together we narrowed that group down to nine favorites that we installed around Manhattan. The artists include Alex Marino, Bo Lee, Erin McAdams, Johanna Toruño, Katy Galvin, Lauren Simkin Berke, Maayan Alper-Swan, Nicolle Whitten, and Yocelyn Rioja.
Sometimes we install artwork because it's beautiful, and we deserve beautiful public spaces (not ad-riddled ones). This is one of those times when our installations serve an additional practical purpose: We need to get out the vote at primaries this summer and in the general election this November. If you're not registered to vote, or you don't know if you're registered, you can fix that at vote.gov.