Episode 2: Arts and Minds

This week, on Episode 2 of the Arts and Minds Videocast:

A quick recap: What is Arts and Minds?

This July, on a street in Portland, Oregon, artists, activists, and everyday folk will get together to paint a mural on an ugly wall. We have this wild idea that we can use creative talents to spotlight Oregon’s broken criminal justice system.

The main event: everyone will help paint that mural. The context of painting such a large work of art is exciting: an all-day block party with activities, stories, demonstrations, and entertainment.

There is a lot to do. We have a four-page to-do list, and it’s growing. We’re slowly checking things off, but we still have to find a wall, set a date, and solidify partners.

Essentially, Arts and Minds will combine the energy of art with the power of the community and the experience of dedicated organizations to tell a story of the need for criminal justice reform.

We are making headway in the partnership department! Countless state and national organizations are taking the system on, and we are trying to hook up with them. After hours of researching, emailing, and cold-calling, some organizations are right on the brink of joining the effort as official partners! There is certainly still room to include great organizations who are already fighting the good fight. Can you help connect us? Give a call or an email.

I mentioned that Arts and Minds is an art collective. That means a group of people willing to help get the art on the wall and the event on the street. We’ve had a very warm response to an invitation to find out about Arts and Minds at a Meetup gathering. We will reach out to the community, gauge interest, and learn about the virtues and talents kind, passionate people want to make available.

The first Arts and Minds Meetup gathersFebruary 16 at 7 pm at Zoiglhaus in Portland, Oregon. More info: http://meetu.ps/36lFpH.

To get involved yourself, please contact Ginger@SparkFreedom.org

Thanks for tuning in, and we’ll see you next week for Episode three!