It can be easy to take home for granted when you have a relatively comfortable one. Today is World Refugee Day. If you've got a minute, please consider what it means to feel at home and take action to help support refugees and asylum seekers who have been displaced by war, famine, and other hardships so that they can feel something like home too. There are so many ways to be a good neighbor across the globe, so check out aid groups like The IRC, @refugees, and The UNHCR for more information on how to help! And sign the petition to say you stand with refugees today.
Hope you can join me and a slew of other artists and makers this Thursday night at @dustyrosevintage! We'll be selling our wares to raise money for breast cancer charities that help make cancer prevention and screening more accessible to all.
WHEN: Thursday, June 8, 7-10 pm
WHERE: Dusty Rose Vintage, 251 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222
More on the event from #Nightboob creator, Maresa Ponitch:
Come by, say hi, and see all this beautiful boob art! xo
Save the date: April 28! I'll be showing new work alongside Kate Nielsen and Steph Becker at Calico Gallery in Brooklyn as part of Greenpoint Gallery Night.
Hope you can make it!
It's Equal Pay Day! I'd say let's celebrate, but the facts are kind of a bummer. LeanIn.org reports that women on average are paid 20% less than men—and this disparity is often even more pronounced for women of color. I worked with Lyft to create a gif to get the word out about this wage gap, and help inspire people to work together on closing it up. Lyft teamed up with LeanIn.Org for their #20PercentCounts campaign and is donating 20% of proceeds from rides taken today to organizations that serve women and families, including Dress for Success®, Feeding America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and AAUW. Just make sure you take those rides between 8 AM and 6 PM to make sure you're payment is included in the #20percentcounts donation pool.
For more on lyft's campaign, visit: https://blog.lyft.com/posts/equal-pay-day
For more on LeanIn's #20percentcounts campaign, visit: https://leanin.org/equalpay
I'll have prints and originals from the Ladies Who Lead series available, and other artists participating in the benefit include Carol Joo Lee, M. Morton, Danielle Kroll, Signe Yberg, Alison Owen, Lesh, The Lost Camp, Isaac Arvold, Anabella Zubillaga, Tatiana Arocha, Monty J, and Kim Brown, and Greenpoint Hill.
Artists will be donating 20% of all proceeds towards IDP's holistic community defense program that provides resources and tools to immigrants, their communities and advocates to fight back against deportations and ICE abuses. Speakers from IDP will be joining us to tell us more about their initiatives.
Good times for good work - hope you can join us!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Probably safe to say it ain't easy living in an animal shelter, but it's even tougher without toys, treats, or a cozy bed to dream in at night. That's why I'm doing some shopping today on the Best Friends Society's NYC Amazon Wishlist. They've got all kinds of goodies to choose from, from kongs and treats to thundershirts and snuggly beds! Um, guys. They've even got wooly snuffle mats on the list #askmeaboutwoolysnufflemats!!! Would anyone care to join me in making someone's shelter life a little more cozy? Check out their full list of ways to give here. And there are other organizations that you can work with on a local level by showing up to help walk dogs, like at Barc in Brooklyn. Big thanks to good people at The Big Hundred for today's inspiration. Check out their Instagram for more great ways to take action in the first 100 days!
It's US daylight saving time today. Do what you gotta do.
Strong women lift each other up. Always. When I created this gif a year ago for International Women's Day, I had no idea how far it would travel or how many friends it would make along the way! Thank you to all the women who inspire me, support me, and give me strength. I hope some of you will be taking the day off today for the #daywithoutwomen, but if you can't, that's cool too! We're united regardless, today and every day. <3<3
Unromatic love matters too! Hope you have a wonderful day, full of love, self and otherwise.
Feeling overwhelmed by what's happening in politics right now? Then let your elected representatives know! Voice your concerns on issues and dole out the thank-you's to those who are standing up for the things you value. Feel free to print and use this page of postcards to write to your reps.
TO PRINT: Right-click on the image below and select "Open image in a new tab". Go to that new tab and print as usual from there.
Are you looking for ways to help refugees and immigrants on a local level? Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge and I created this short video to share some simple ways to help!
From Grace: "If you don't watch the full video, here's the gist: plug into your local chapters of @theirc @aclu SURJ, local churches or legal aid groups to see how you can offer the services (and others) detailed in the video.
For anyone who isn't familiar with how much vetting refugees go through to come to the United States, here is a helpful link about the process: http://nyti.ms/2jKX3V4.#givebackspeakup "
Bring your postcards, stamps, concerns, and friends, cuz we're having a postcard write- in! Join us next week Thursday, Feb. 2, at Brooklyn Kitchen for a marathon postcard-writing session to tell our representatives what's top of mind in our district. We'll also have local artist-designed postcards for sale with proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood. If you have any writing anxiety, don't sweat it. You're not alone 😨 We'll have some talking points to help. AND we'll have a donation box for tampons and pads for a miracle bag program for the local food pantry. Consider donating some much needed supplies! Thanks to Kate Coats for organizing and The Brooklyn Kitchen for hosting!
When: Thursday, Feb. 2, 5-9 pm
Where: Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street
Snacks and wine will be provided!
Hey folks! I'm excited to share that I'm now part of the womenwhodraw directory, a new site dedicated to highlighting the work of women artists. If you have a little time, this is a super fun rabbit hole to fall down. So much to look at! And such a broad range of work.
Cheers to a new year, a fresh start, and a steeled resolve. My resolutions are pretty standard: eat better, exercise more, drink more water, go for more walks, spend more time on my bike, dance more, bake more bread, spend more time with family, maybe get back into knitting, paint more, write more, read more, be a faster typer, brush my hair, etc, etc, say no more, say yes more, say more, hmmmm... and maybe don't be so hard on myself. That's all :)
So let's roll into the new year like...
WHEN: Friday, Dec 9th, 7-10pm (free beer by Narragansett) // exhibition dates: Dec 9-18 // open gallery hours Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays 12-5pm
WHERE: 67 West, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
I'll have a couple pieces there, my Landscape and Seascape:
All throughout the month of December, Illustrated Impact is working with artists to highlight different charitable organizations. Tis the season of giving, and this is definitely a fun way to be reminded. Stay tuned for my Illustrated Impact contribution coming later this month! Cheers <3
Hello Friends! I hope you can stop by this Friday to enjoy some art and help raise some dough for the ACLU! Here are the details:
WHAT: Unbroken / An Art Benefit for the American Civil Liberties Union.
All proceeds go to the ACLU in its fight to defend and preserve our individual rights and liberties.
WHEN: Friday December 2, 6-9pm (stay after for drinks and good company!)
WHERE: 183 Lorraine St. 3rd fl., Brooklyn, NY
100% of all sales will go to the ACLU. The organizers will accept online donations directly to the ACLU with a credit or debit card, personal checks made out to the ACLU and cash.
Here's a look at my show contribution:
Organized by Spencer Merolla, Megan Piontkowski and Traci Talasco
Jackie Duval Smith
Sarah Nicole Phillips
Sreshta Rit Premnath
In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, here is a list of some of NGOs and charitable organizations that are working extra hard right now, and could use your generosity if you have the means to donate!
(in no particular order):
Eat lots of candy!
My Hillary gif shimmied its way into the L.A. Times this week! Read the fascinating history of political memes and how it relates to the digital folklore of the 2016 election in Carolina Miranda's article, "Call It the LOLcat effect: Memes are the Digital Folklore of the 2016 Election".