Manifest Justice – Los Angeles

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Communities around the the World are filled with good people living in fear. Enough is enough. We demand more empathy, more accountability, more opportunity, more compassion, more dignity, more power and more opportunity for all. We demand healthier communities, which means more from each other. The time has come to illuminate our resilience and to take back our communities and our hope. Together we must lift our voices, assert our power, be resilient, identify solutions and work together to MANIFEST:JUSTICE. Together we will build a more just future.

Art For Amnesty (A Program of Amnesty International) is partnering with The California Endowment through it’s Sons and Brothers initiative to bring you a 10 Day Pop- Up Art Exhibit in Los Angeles beginning May 1st and ending on May 10th. Manifest Justice is a cultural convening, a community organizing event, as well as an artivist gathering of ideas and art to further support Human Rights and Social Justice. The website is and we are launching the event with a online Art Submission contest to have a chance to have your art displayed alongside all of our participating artists ( and Judged by John Legend, Shepard Fairey, Jeff Chang, Ann Burroughs, Dr. Robert Ross, Franklin Sirmans, and Russell Simmons. (
The Contest runs through April 17th so submit as well as participate in the exhibit May 1-10th.


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Dumbo Arts Festival 2013


Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Location: East River Cove. Photo credit: 2013 DUMBO Arts Festival.

As Fall’s crisp air flows through the streets of New York City the art world gears up for a full season of fantastic shows and enthralling events. One such event is the DUMBO Arts Festival happening this week in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. A three-day music, art and performance celebration Dumbo Arts Festival 2013 will not disappoint. Formerly an industrial section of the city desolate of visitors, the DUMBO Arts Festival shows you some of the best Brooklyn has to offer. In addition, with a wide selection of food and culture choices the DUMBO Arts Festival also has awesome architecture and Manhattan skyline views. The official Festival hours are Friday September 27th from 6pm to 9pm, Saturday September 28th noon to 9pm, and Sunday September 29th from noon to 6pm with outdoor projections on view through midnight September 27th-29th.

Looking forward to these two things at the DUMBO Arts Festival:

1. DUMBO Walls = Underneath the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) 8 international and local street artists created murals stretching four blocks long through The DUMBO Improvement District and Two Trees Management Co in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation Urban Art Program (NYCDOT) and the Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Participating artists include CAM, DALeast, Eltono, Shepard Fairey, Faith47, MOMO, Stefan Sagmeister, and Yuko Shimizu.


CAM. Location: York and Adams Streets. Photo credit 2013 DUMBO Arts Festival.

2. Ship of Tolerance =  In each city, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have schoolchildren create drawings connected to the themes of hope and tolerance that will become sails and. At every stop the boat is assembled on-site by local craftspeople and shipbuilders. Previous iterations of the Ship of Tolerance have been conducted in Siwa, Egypt; Venice, Italy; San Moritz, Switzerland; and Sharjah, UAE with the help of school children. For the Brooklyn launch at DUMBO Arts Festival, the Kabakovs partnered with Studio in a School and received more than 1000 submissions for 150 slots. A sail-raising celebration will let the children and the audience find out which paintings were chosen to create the sail.



The Ship of Tolerance, Siwa. Photo: Emilia Kabakov.