Channel your inner Shepard Fairey to create an iconic image that confronts the role of big money in politics and inspires political action.
Big money is playing an increasingly large role in our democracy. In the first election since the Supreme Court decided corporations can contribute unlimited funds to influence elections, we’re witnessing an unprecedented flood of unrestricted and undisclosed funds into the political process, effectively drowning our democracy in six and seven-figure checks from billionaires, corporations, and special interests. People are starting to notice something’s up – but they’re feeling powerless to stop it.
We are part of a growing group of organizations who have banded together to break free of the corrupt stranglehold that lobbyists and super PACS have imposed on our democracy, and we want to take action. We believe that creativity and people can undo the corrupting influence of money in politics and restore the voice of the people – but we need to spread this message widely and inspire people to take action.
What better way than through art?
That’s where you come in. We are calling all artists, activists, designers, and creative-types to lend your talents to make an iconic image that can both inform and inspire the public around this issue. Your image will be our rallying cry for those 83% of Americans who believe there is too much money in politics – so that the next time a Presidential election rolls around, our votes count just as much as they’re supposed to.
The tone is up to you, but we suggest thinking leaning toward images that are people-focused and direct. It should be reproducible across multiple mediums (online, poster, etc.) and should include a succinct written message. This could be something as simple as 2008’s ‘Hope’ poster or a bit more direct like ‘Join or Die’ (American Revolution) or ‘We can do it!’ (WWII). We want your image to become the iconic symbol of this movement, uniting getting-money-out-of-politics activists and rallying your brothers and sisters to action.
To spark your imagination, click here to view some effective political images throughout history.
There are four cash prizes up for grabs, a $1,000 award for the People’s Choice for best iconic image, and two $500 runner-up prizes for 2nd and 3rd place (so please come back to share your image and ask your friends to vote for you!). A second jury award of $3,000 will be hand-picked by our exciting panel of experts in this field, including:
Once selected, the winning artwork will be featured on the streets of selected cities. It will also be displayed prominently throughout the internet by the coalition of organizations that are producing this competition.
How to Enter
Submit your artwork from September 21 to October 11 (noon Pacific Time). Our judges will select which applicants will pass to the voting round. From October 12 to October 22, we’ll open it up to public voting. Rally your friends to get behind your effort and be a part of making history around this important issue.
In partnership with:
Backbone Campaign, Big New Ideas, Brennan Center for Justice, Citizen Action of New York, Center for Community Change, Courage Campaign, Feministing, GAFFTA, Liberty Hill, Loud Sauce, National Peoples’ Action, No Longer Empty, Occupy Design, Pandagon, PolicyMic, Progressive USA, Protect our Democracy, Raw Story, Rebuild The Dream, Rootstrikers,The Canary Project, The Story of Stuff Project, United Republic, Vote Mob, Yes Yes No Interactive Projects
If your organization is interested in supporting this challenge, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 21
Thursday, October 11
at 12:00 PM PDT
Friday, October 12
Monday, October 22
at 12:00 PM PDT
Tuesday, October 23