Hosted by Karma Books, Downtown for Democracy released a poster print edition with artist Richard Prince titled ’18 & Stormy’. The print is based on a composite image constructed of photographs of the eighteen women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct, plus Stormy Daniels. All proceeds raised go towards D4D’s get out the progressive vote for midterm elections.
A group of Downtown for Democracy members, our friends and our kids, gathered to march in New York City in support of the students across the country who are demanding gun reform. We carried protest signs created by the artist Paul Chan & Badlands Unlimited. They produced a poster series called "New Proverbs" for New York Area student activists to carry during the National School Walkout on March 14 and March for Our Lives on March 24.
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Art fairs like NADA and Independent offer Downtown for Democracy a unique opportunity for creative activism—lending a platform to share its message and optimize fundraising efforts over the course of a few short days. In a demonstration of solidarity, fairs, artists and gallerists have banded together with Downtown for Democracy to educate fairgoers about what’s at stake in the upcoming midterm elections on November 6, 2018.
NADA, NY CULTURAL PARTNER
In the second collaboration with NADA as a cultural partner, Downtown for Democracy showcased a site-specific installation and merchandise by Marlene McCarty and limited edition artworks by Cecily Brown, Jonathan Horowitz, Arlene Schechet and Guy Richards Smit.
As part of our ongoing partnership with Mwenso & the Shakes, Downtown for Democracy hosted a live performance in collaboration with NADA presents. The partnership expands this summer as Mwenso & the Shakes go on tour with their powerful songs of inspiration, resistance and perseverance. Hailed by the New York Times as “intense, prowling and ebullient,” the Shakes are led by frontman, singer and ringleader, Michael Mwenso. Drawing inspiration from classic jazz big bands, Muddy Waters, Fats Waller, James Brown and many other African and Afro American musical legends, Mwenso & The Shakes pack a fierce jazz and blues punch.
THE INDEPENDENT ART FAIR
THE MODERN INSTITUTE hosted Downtown for Democracy at the Independent art fair, March 10-11, with an installation of politically charged limited editions, original artwork and merchandise by Katherine Bernhardt, Mel Bochner, Cecily Brown, Jonathan Horowitz, Marlene McCarty, Marilyn Minter, Arlene Schechet and Stanley Whitney. Volunteers ran the booth raising awareness about D4D and the Funds raised will be spent strategically in key US districts to get out the progressive vote in the 2018!
JMG and Downtown for Democracy hosted and evening with Mwenzo and the Shakes, featuring their newly composed sacred protest songs, with a messages of inspiration and perseverance.
10% of proceeds will support Downtown for Democracy's Get Out the Vote efforts locally and nationwide.
With 2018 midterm elections approaching, Downtown for Democracy hosted a Take Back The House event for Swing Left to raise awareness about voting in the upcoming elections in Florida’s 27th Congressional District (FL-27) and other swing districts around the country.
FL-27 is a Congressional District in Miami-Dade County that has been identified as a potential swing district in the 2018 midterm elections. It's current representative, Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, will not seek another term in the House of Representatives, leaving the seat open for 2018. The field of Democratic primary candidates is strong and, among others, includes a state senator, a former Federal judge, a state representative, a Miami Beach commissioner, and a Miami commissioner.
D4D joined Two Palms in their booth at the Fine Art Print Fair at the Javits Center from October 25-29, raising significant funds from the sale of D4D editions by Marilyn Minter, Jonathan Horowitz and Cecily Brown. D4D thanks the artists who generously gave their art, as well as Evelyn and David Lasry for sharing their booth.
The VINTAGE FOR VOTERS event on August 10, 2017, raised significant funds to support D4D voter registration efforts both locally and nationally. We had a great time and signed up many new volunteers. D4D thanks advisory committee member, Rachel Comey, who hosted the event, and Christene Barberich, Stacy London & Arden Wohl for their inspiration, hard work and deep generosity in putting their vintage collections to work to promote voter participation for 2017 and 2018.