For the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, there is going to be a massive art exhibit and event in downtown Los Angeles, called LA Vs. War, featuring art that challenges the path we have taken as a nation in response to that tragedy and points another way forward. As the organizers explain on their Kickstarter campaign:
LA Vs. WAR presents some of today’s most prolific, pro-peace/anti-war, political artists in a multi-media exhibition chronicling the creative responses to the current military conflicts in the Middle East/North Africa/Central Asia, The Global War on Terror, the Drug Wars, and other wars on marginalized peoples. After the September 2011 show, we plan to travel the exhibition as “Vs. WAR”to other cities in the U.S. and abroad in the spirit of peace and creative collaboration.
LA Vs. WAR is part exhibition, part experience. The art show will be curated by Yo! Peace, Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Political Gridlock and Ad Hoc Art and will feature a large selection of fine art and limited edition prints and posters. Live art demonstrations and workshops will engage the audience in creative activities ranging from graffiti, t-shirt printing, stenciling, and more. Teach-ins with our grassroots partners will inform and inspire attendees to transform their own lives and communities.
Right now, LA Vs. War is trying to raise $5,000 on Kickstarter to make this great project a reality. At the moment, they are less than $600 away from reaching their goal. However, as you may know, if you aren’t able to raise your goal on Kickstarter, you don’t get any of the money, and there are only 70 hours left for this campaign before time runs out. So if you feel the urge, donate now to help pull off this worthwhile event. And as a bonus, depending on how much you pledge, they are offering a range of great gifts—including t-shirts, books and prints of artwork—for your support.