LumenARRT! is a project of the Artists Rapid Response Team (ARRT!). We work through the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), a members’ organization that advocates for artists and furthers 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, economic, and environmental justice.
For one of our most recent video projections, we joined forces with The Kneeling Art Photography Project to amplify the work of ten photographers whose work captured Mainers taking a knee for racial justice.
The New Moon Ensemble and the Ideal Maine Social Aid & Sanctuary Band got the crowd dancing as projections filled Monument Square, Portland.
Onlookers were invited to participate by taking a knee for social justice. Many individuals joined the effort and knelt in the spotlight to highlight their support.
On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder LumenARRT! participated with Indigo Arts for A Day of Remembrance. The event took place at 754 Congress Street, Portland. It centered around conversations, community healing, and action. Included were performances by Genius Black, VIVA, and Maya Williams, a revival of Maine Inside Out’s 2009 play The Weeping City, a post-show dialogue and action steps around closing the Long Creek Youth Development Center facilitated by Maine Youth Justice. LumenARRT! worked with Indigo Arts Alliance’s current Artist-in-Resident Dianne Smith, to project her work as a culminating event of the day.
Coming up on 9 July, LumenARRT! will be projecting at the opening night of the Maine International Film Festival in Waterville. The opening night event will feature the Kneeling Art Photography Project and will be visible at dark. The following day, 10 July, at 1:00 PM, LumenARRT! will join with the Kneeling Art Photography Project, ARRT! and activist artist Natasha Mayers to do a community workshop on strategies to use activist art. Join us! Sign up at the MIFF website and also purchase tickets to any of the exciting films being offered during the festival.