ARRT! Artists’ Rapid Response Team! Update

As a project of the UMVA, ARRT! creates images for progressive non-profits throughout the state, and on occasion, for special requests for out-of-Maine organizations. ARRT! provides a visual voice for groups which need assistance getting their messages out. Much of ARRT!’s work consists of large original hand-painted banners, but new media and applications are popping up all the time. All of ARRT’s work is done in collaboration, with the belief and proven practice, that our best work emerges through our shared skills, ideas and the lively process of group critique we have developed. See more at www.arrteam.org

During Spring ARRT! sessions the following images were produced:

We Won’t Be Silent Anymore, for the Maine Poor People’s Campaign

Vote, for Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and League of Women Voters, and new project, PollFest

Recovery, for a Community Recovery group in York County

No Single Use Plastic Banner: the organization kNOw SUP in Damariscotta for their campaign to ban single use plastic.

Ad Box Signs for Brooklyn ad boxes on sides of bus kiosks

Maine Inside Out Banner:  members of the group joined us to paint . These artists facilitate theater workshops with people who are incarcerated or formerly incarcerated to create and perform original theater.

Maine TransNet Banner: Their mission is: “Supporting and empowering trans people to create a world where they can thrive.”

ARRT! members gathered to create the placards below in support of the national immigration events held on June 30. They will be used in the Augusta rally that day and also at the Whitefield Independence Day Parade.

 

LumenARRT! is a project of the Artists Rapid Response Team (ARRT!).  We work through the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) to advocate for artists and further the work of progressive non-profits in the state of Maine.  Our video projections create a visual voice for these organizations and like electronic graffiti, bring awareness to issues of social, political and environmental justice.

We are proud to announce that our Artists’ Collective LumenARRT! (a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists) has been selected to create a site-specific installation for the CMCA 2018 Biennial Exhibition, which will be on view at CMCA from November 2018 – February 2019. We are honored to be exhibiting in the good company of many Maine artists who have shown on the pages of this journal.

LumenARRT! crew at work projecting on the State Capital.

Vote! A video projection in collaboration with the Maine League of Women Voters and Maine Citizens for Clean Elections on the Portland Public Library in Monument Square on Monday night, 6/12 at 8:30 PM to call attention to the election the next day to educate the public on ranked choice voting.

Click on image below to see a video of the 6/12/18 projection:

LumenARRT! worked with 90 students and staff at King Middle School in April to compose and create 4 large banners for their Four Freedoms Project.

Our projection on 5/24 called attention to the Biddeford March for Justice and Inclusion on 5/25/18.

RED FLAG Projection: In conjunction with the national student walkout on 4/20/18, LumenARRT! created a projection for the Maine State Capitol. The video highlights the Maine legislature’s inability to act on anti-gun violence legislation, including the one bill before them: a “red-flag” bill that would keep guns out of the hands of people who want to harm others or themselves. #NationalStudentWalkout

ARRT! Update

The Artists Rapid Response Team! is a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Members of ARRT! are UMVA members and activist artists who work to provide visuals for progressive groups throughout Maine, seeking to add a visual voice to help carry their messages far and wide. The following images are recently completed banners. Click on them to expand images.

The slideshow below gives a glimpse of the July 4th 2017 parade in Whitefield Maine, titled “Liar Liar Pants on Fire!” Artist Natasha Mayers has organized a community Independence Day Parade in her hometown of Whitefield for decades. Many of the props, banners and constructions in this year’s parade were created by ARRT!

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LumenARRT! is a project of the Artists Rapid Response Team (ARRT!).  We work through the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) to advocate for artists and further the work of progressive non-profits in the state of Maine.  Our video projections create a visual voice for these organizations and like electronic graffiti, bring awareness to issues of social, political and environmental justice.

LumenARRT! participated in the River Jam Fringe Fest in Biddeford Friday, September 15 with a projection of “Warming of the Gulf of Maine” video-mapped on the facade of the Marble Block on Main St. Festival goers of all ages also joined in the draw-your-own-comments/electronic graffiti using “Tagtools” and shadow puppets projected around the corner on a Franklin St wall.

Click on images below to see a short video of the project.

On July 14th, LumenARRT! created a projection extravaganza at MIFF (Maine International Film Festival) Opening Night Party.  Click on image above to see a video of the event. FIVE projectors were going and had an interactive component was available so viewers could Tweet and draw onto the party tent.   They were reacting to finding out the air quality in their zip code. Try it now! Visit the 10Green project at the University of Maine –> http://10green.org/ #WhatsYourBreathableNumber

Other LumenARRT! projects:

9/22 —Tag tools interactive projection on Mechanics Hall celebrated the Community Television Network and highlighted their annual fundraiser, UMVA Gallery renovations and transformation to becoming the “Portland Media Center” 516 Congress St.

10/6 — First Year anniversary of opening of the LGBTQ Equality Community Center:  LumenARRT! will be projecting interviews (with sound) on shapes in the Plaza, as well as some interactive components on Mechanics Hall, 511 Congress St, Portland.

Visit: lumenarrt.org for more.

ARRT! is thankful for the generous contributions from the Broadreach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation and the support of the UMVA and its members.

ARRT! Update

The Artists Rapid Response Team! is a project of the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Activist artists who seek to provide visual soundbites for progressive groups throughout Maine, the members of ARRT! gather monthly to paint, construct and create the ideas they have spent the time in between designing.

LumenARRT! creates large scale building projections and videos using the skills of its members in consultation with scientists and other experts.

The latest video projection from LumenARRT!, “Air Story,” reminds people that climate change is an undisputed fact among scientists and that there are many toxic substances in our air. The brief video projections will be popping up at venues throughout Maine in 2017.

“Air Story”, artwork by Suzanna Lasker, animation by Geoffrey Leighton

Next showing:  Friday, July 14th at the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) Opening Night Party. Come down to Waterville Opera House after dark.  There will be an interactive component going so viewers can Tweet and/or draw onto a large projection live.  The audience will be reacting to finding out the air quality in their zip code. Try it now! Visit the 10Green project at the University of Maine -> http://10green.org

Then share what you think (and most importantly, what you’re going to do about it): #WhatsYourBreathableNumber

See lumenarrt.org for more projections!

The creations of ARRT! and LumenARRT! fly out to gatherings, meetings, storefronts, events and other locations, carried by the committed people working to make life better for Mainers and the rest of the world.

Go to arrteam.org for more info and images.

Here are a few recent projects, click on an image to see it full sized.

The slides below give a taste of ARRT!’s presence at the Climate Rally held in Augusta this spring, in coordination with rallies in Washington and all over the planet. The pipeline snake was designed by Carolyn Eyler and other ARRTists, with construction help from USM students and community members.

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ARRT! is thankful for the generous contributions from the Broadreach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation and the support of the UMVA and its members.

 

ARRT! Update: Spring 2017

Artists Rapid Response Team! (ARRT!) Recent Projects and Outreach

ARRT! is a project of the UMVA. ARRTists collaborate to provide progressive organizations with images to give a visual voice to their messages and campaigns.  This quarter ARRTists could be found outside the studio working in communities in a variety of ways in addition to the banner making collaborations they have become known for. An exhibition of a selection of banners was on display during the month of January at the UU Church in Brunswick and another during March at the UMVA/CTN Gallery in Portland.  See more at www.arrteam.org

         

                

LumenARRT! crew has been hard at work designing and collaborating with renowned climate scientist Paul Mayewski, to create projections that will educate and delight audiences about lesser known aspects of climate change and how they can contribute to making positive change.  See more at www.lumenARRT.org

ARRT! images, props and ARTists were spotted at actions throughout the state and at the Women’s marches in DC. Young ARRTists have been joining the crew in the studio to add their creative touches and energy.

          

                   

During January and February, a group of ARRTists* met each week at the Mirs, Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services Center in Lewiston Maine to assist children in an after school program. The goal was to paint several murals that will be hung in the new Mir’s location later this spring, or early summer. The children decided on the theme: “Welcome” for the 4×6 foot banner s that will be hung on the walls to greet visitors to the new center.

                 

ARRTists involved were: Christine Higgins, Judy LaBrasca, Carol Scribner, Nikki Millonzi and Amanda Mitchell. Depicted above are some photos of the activity. Center website: www.meirs.org

Carol Scribner, pictured above with students, beloved friend , lifelong activist and fellow ARRT! member died suddenly this March. She will be sorely missed and dearly remembered by the countless lives she touched. Peace to Carol and her family.