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.
LumenARRT! did a series of projection events to help get out the vote and support women’s right to choose this past fall. During Portland’s First Friday Artwalk on 7 October, LumenARRT! combined original video and interactive on-the-spot videos for a unique experience. Large-scale building projections of passersby, who posed with their favorite voting messages, appeared alongside the animated video on Mechanics’ Hall.
Artwalkers were energized to be part of the effort and shared selfies on social media, amplifying their voices. Members of the League of Women Voters and the Clean Election Campaign were there to educate and encourage voters. Musicians, Namory Keita, and friends provided a celebratory atmosphere for all.
LumenARRTists continued to create signs, props, and placards for people to pose with at Artwalks in Biddeford and later, again in Portland, right before election day. Crowds were appreciative and fully engaged in actively promoting the exercise of democracy!
LumenARRT! created and projected a video for the Preble Street’s Homeless Persons’ Memorial Vigil on December 21. As part of a national day of remembrance, the vigil was a moving and somber event. The banner seen below was made for the event by ARRT! A video of the projection on the monument in Monument Square, Portland can be viewed by clicking on the photo below.
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Image at top: On the street during Portland Artwalk with LumenARRT!