Art Build Toolkit
Art Build Projects for Parents at the US Climate Strikes
Make your own art to bring to a 9/20 Action or Youth Strike!
Creating art is an engaging way to bring people of all ages together to imagine a better world and express themselves! Art can help you stand out at a rally or event, drawing attention to your asks and demands.
PLANNING AN ART BUILD
What is an Art Build?
A creative political event designed to support a movement or campaign action
How does it work?
- Gather supporters to make visuals that support an upcoming event or action
- Usually provides TWO press opportunities (the art build and the action itself)
- Takes place not more than two weeks before an action
Good reasons to plan an Art Build:
- To engage your base or connect with new moms and parents
- To engage parents and youth together to learn about climate action
- To develop new leaders by asking them to take on new roles
- To create beautiful, message-relevant tools for the upcoming action or event
- Could be at a home, a school gym, a church basement, community center.
- You’ll need space for supplies and “big” art projects;
- Prepare to cover the floor or furniture to protect it from paint or other messes!
What you’ll need:
- Snacks, treats, beverages
- poster board
- sheets for banners
- Other cool art supplies!
- Consider drop cloths & aprons to protect floor & clothes.
Message guidance - what do you want to communicate with your art?
- Can put the message up on poster board or discuss at the start
What do you do with the art?
- Bring it with you to local climate actions and strikes the week of September 20th!
- Display in public spaces: city/town hall, a local school, park, or public library
- Ask your local school’s science club or green club to invite you to speak about your art
- Ask your local art council board or commission if they can help you find other places to display
ART BUILD GOALS
- Create a photogenic and memorable visual to support the September 20-27th Youth Climate Strike.
- Host an ArtBuild to build relationships between parents, youth, and engage new people in climate action.
- Include kids young adults, parents and grandparents!
- Use an Art Build to reach out to local media and publicize the Sept. 20 Climate Strike, along with any local climate issues
- Take a few photos, or a 2-minute video and post to social media.
- Write a short media advisory to send in to your local paper.
- Create a Facebook event or share the official one for the climate strike you are attending. Tag your friends and ask them to bring 3 friends.
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