Kicking off our voting newsletter, “Art for Action” promotes billboards by artists encouraging people to vote. The artists include Jeffrey Gibson, Jenny Holzer, Tomashi Jackson, and Carrie Mae Weems and are on display in 16 cities across the US through Election Day.

A billboard designed by artist Carrie Mae Weems for the “Art for Action” campaign via Hyperallergic.
Still from Metcalfe Park: Black Vote Rising video via The Intercept.

The Intercept takes a closer look at what’s happening on the ground in places like Milwaukee where voting during a pandemic has been increasingly difficult for the disenfranchised.

With all the talk about counting votes this year, we’re taking a closer look at the odds of losing mail-in ballots. This MIT study shares a margin of error from past elections.

Illustration by Christine Daniloff, MIT.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Treasure Hunt #2, 2020.

The Drawing Center’s current exhibition, 100 Drawings from Now, showcases drawings from 2020 by a collection of international artists that “spotlight the urgency, intimacy, and universality of drawing during moments of upheaval and isolation.”

This year has been a constant stream of alarming events, which can feel increasingly overwhelming as we approach the US election. We found a list of eight tips to stay sane leading up to election day. Take a few deep, calm breaths and have a look at this to help you get through the year.

Illustration by Fabio Buonocore for FIVETHIRTYEIGHT.
Jen Hewett, Individual Silhouette Commissions, 2020. Courtesy of the Textile Artist Fundraiser via Vogue.

Textile artist Chi Nguyen is fundraising to help “long-term investment in communities” and improve voter access. She is aiming to “help donors connect with community-based organizations in battleground states, with a particular focus on youth programs and communities of color.”

AIGA‘s Get Out the Vote campaign wields the power of design to motivate the American public to register and turn out to vote in the 2020 general election. Submit your posters here and also here for empowering the women’s vote until election day!

Image via AIGA for Kelly Salchow MacArthur and Nancy Skolos’ initiative Get Out the Vote: Empower the Women’s Vote.
Image by Alexandra Bircken.

Artist Trisha Baga’s new work, Hope — a film reflecting the state of the world and the U.S. election — will be projected onto the façade of the Fridericianum in Kassel Germany on election night.

‘It's up to people to change the system’: the New York non-profit TRANS> has created a stamp project called These Times. Both online and in sticker format, the project features 50 artists and institutions who stress the urgency of voting.

Image via The Guardian.
Video by Jenny Holzer Studio.

With a number of works focusing on voter turnout, including another entry in this list, artist Jenny Holzer teamed up with When We All Vote, Rock The Vote and Plan Your Vote to spread the word. The works include a number of animations that anyone can download and pass along.

Image via Margot Lévêque’s website.

As we do in each newsletter, we’re featuring a recently designed typeface designed by someone in our broader community. Today we’re featuring Romie Regular, by Margot Lévêque — a French graphic and type designer, currently based in Paris.

Consider supporting Movement Voter Project, an organization focused on strengthening progressive power through empowering community-based organizations and funds — particularly for youth and communities of color.

Image via movement.vote website.
Special New York Magazine cover via nymag.com.

New York Magazine partnered with I Am A Voter for their latest special issue featuring 48 artists’ designs of ‘I Voted’ stickers, including a peelable sheet in each copy. ⁠

Originally created by Aram Han Sifuentes in 2016, The Official Unofficial Voting Station “raises awareness about voter disenfranchisement during elections and provides a place for all people to make their voices heard.”

Cute Rage Press, graphic for The Official Unofficial Voting Station, 2020. Courtesy of Aram Han Sifuentes and Ishita Dharap.
Image by Kamil Krzaczynski AFP via Getty Images.

Planning on voting in person this election? Please take these preemptive precautions, people. ;)

Image via Resist Covid Take 6.

Initiated by artist Carrie Mae Weems, the goal of Resist Covid Take 6 is to “create an artist-driven public awareness campaign to educate and enlighten Black, Brown, and Native American communities on the impact of this deadly virus on their lives.”

If you’ve been following Jordan Firstman’s hilarious impressions throughout this year, you may have seen his Scary Witch in October 2020 impression (swipe to 3). Guess, what she’s doing this month?

Still from @jtfirstman’s instagram.

If you’re already dusting off your Devo costume for halloween then check out Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh & Artist Beatie Wolfe’s postcard collection. They launched a new project call Postcards for Democracy in which they’re “encouraging fellow creatively minded pen-and-paperheads to mail them their one-of-a-kind creations to build community and spark joy during the pandemic — and, maybe, give a boost to the beleaguered Post Office, 35 cents at a time.”

Photo by Ross Harris.
Illustration by Gillian Dreher.

A new campaign launched in New York called Vote Your Future that features illustrations from a number of artists aiming to “promote equality and inclusion in vibrant colourful ways, with messages in English, Spanish and Mandarin.”

Founded by a couple of non-politician “data nerds” after the 2016 election, Walk the Walk works to register, support, and mobilize Black and Latinx voters who form the base of the Democratic party.

Image via Walk The Walk website.
Still from Political Advertisement X: 1952–2020.

Tonight is the last night to catch an online screening of Political Advertisement X: 1952–2020, a 35 year compilation of American political advertising by artists Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese. The project traces a history of the campaign process from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Donald J. Trump.

“Research has shown that communities where young people vote, volunteer, help their neighbors, and belong to groups or associations can be more prosperous and resilient places.” This data tool called Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America helps build awareness and “offers a unique way to explore the relationships between voting and other forms of civic participation, and some of the conditions that shape such engagement.”

Still from the webinar about the tool.
Installation view from The Voting Booth Project at David Zwerner Gallery.

David Zwirner gallery hosted The Voting Booth Project in 2008, which commissioned five artists to create work using original voting booths from the 2000 presidential election in Florida. In hindsight, the “hanging chad” debate feels so naive and simple, doesn’t it?

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