Thanks to all your wonderful help, we have crossed the $5,500 mark, so each artist will be able to buy the materials they need to create their prints AND we will be creating a website for this project! All additional funds generated through future sales will be split between the artists and the organizations we are working with. Thank you for all your support!
Hey! My name is Meredith Stern and I’m a member of the Justseeds cooperative, and a printmaker working in Providence, RI. I am here to asking for money for an exciting print portfolio project which focuses on reproductive rights and gender justice. I’m calling this project “This is an Emergency!”
Reproductive Rights and gender justice are in a state of emergency right now. This past year we witnessed the near defunding of Planned Parenthood in Congress and from Komen, one of their largest private funders. In 2011 alone, a historic 80 new laws were passed which further prevent people from accessing abortions. Also this past year, over 200 transgendered people were murdered. And currently more than half the states in the US have passed amendments that prevent the recognition of same sex marriages.
In response to all the bullying, the legislative measures, and the horrifying statements filling the media, I feel that we need a collection of voices commenting on this situation through visual art. This project will bring together over a dozen voices from people most affected by these issues- women, queer identified, and transgendered artists.
Over a dozen artists have already confirmed to create a print for this project and an artist will be printing the covers. Artists who have confirmed are: several members of Justseeds Cooperative including: Melanie Cervantes, Thea Gahr, Bec Young, Favianna Rodriguez, Mary Tremonte, Molly Fair, and myself (Meredith Stern). Also participating are: Ian Cozzens of Secret Door Projects, Kristina Brown, Delia Kovac, Emmy Bright, Lois Harada, Olivia Horvath, Sam Merritt, and Katrina Avocado. Arley Rose and Morgan Calderini, of Ladyfingers Letterpress, will be designing and printing the portfolio covers. Each artist will be creating and hand printing their own image.
There will also be a written portion of this project. Several of the artists participating will be collecting stories from our mentors and elders talking about their own experiences about reproductive rights and gender justice.
Once the portfolios are completed, over a dozen of the portfolios will be donated to organizations working on these issues. These organizations will be able to utilize these portfolios in several ways. They can reproduce the images for use in their campaigns, display them at their events or in their office, use the images on their website, newsletters or other written materials, or to sell the posters as a fundraiser for their organization.
We have already connected with several exciting organizations who will be receiving a copy of the Portfolio. Gender Justice is a new nonprofit organization based in the Upper Midwest, which seeks to eliminate gender inequality through litigation, public policy advocacy, and education and training programs. Another organization is New Voices Pittsburgh. They are a grassroots Human Rights organization for, led by and about women of color. Their organization works to engage women of color in community organizing for lasting social change. We will also be giving a portfolio to Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. The mission of Planned Parenthood of Western PA (PPWP) is to provide comprehensive and complementary health care to those in need of services; disseminate information about human sexuality and the need for family planning and responsible parenthood; and advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services. Additional organizations include Groundswell Fund, an organization which supports a stronger, more effective U.S. movement for reproductive justice by mobilizing new funding and capacity-building resources to grassroots organizing and policy change efforts led by low-income women and women of color. We will also be donating a copy of the portfolio to the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, and the Open Umbrella Collective.
I am seeking funding for this project in order to pay for the cost of creating these portfolios. $2000 will pay for the printing of the covers, the written materials, and the postage to ship the portfolios to the organizations. When we reached the $4,000 mark, each artist will receive $100 to pay for their paper and ink costs. All additional funds generated will be split evenly between the artists and the organizations.
There are many exciting rewards for supporting this project. Any donations up to $10 will receive gratitude in the form of a hand written thank you postcard from yours truly. A donation of $25 or more will receive a copy of my portfolio print. A donation of $40 or more will receive a copy of my portfolio print image, plus a copy of my Celebrate People’s History Poster about the Jane Collective Abortion Service. A donation of $150 or more will provide you with your own copy of the entire portfolio. A donation of $300 or more will provide you with a copy of the portfolio, acknowledgment of your support in the portfolio, and we will send an additional copy of the portfolio to an organization of your choosing and credit you with the donation. A donation of $500 or more will provide you with a copy of the portfolio for you and an organization of your choosing, acknowledgment of your support in the portfolio, and a copy of my print “Harvest”.
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