The Artists’ Rapid Response Team! and LumenARRT! are projects of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, which receive additional help from the Broad Reach Fund at the Maine Community Foundation.
LumenARRT! uses large-scale video projection to call attention to the work of progressive non-profits and highlight issues of concern to the people of Maine.
Early in January, 2019, LumenARRT! created a “Virtual Countdown for Change”, the illusion of video projection on the Maine State Capitol. Counting down to the inauguration of a new administration!
The annual Martin Luther King Day celebration in Portland was the scene of another LumenARRT! project projected on the Holiday Inn building where the event was held. Inside the event was adorned with many banners created by ARRT! highlighting economic inequality, the theme of this year’s gathering.
LumenARRT! projection video celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Portland, 2019
ARRT! works to give a visual voice to progressive organizations, schools and community groups; often working alongside to educate, confront, or to start a conversation about issues of importance. ARRTists share their expertise, encouraging and supporting activists to collaborate on designing and painting to best communicate their messages.
Below are some of the work created this winter by ARRT! and by the many activists who, inspired by ARRT! and the collaborative process, joined the group to make their own images.
Banner: Safe Injection Sites
Banner for Maine People’s Alliance, Laundry Line, This Is What Democracy Looks Like!
Banner: CMP Corridor, a good deal for Maine?