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10 young leaders, 10 movements, art and teaching tools for 20,000 classrooms
10 young leaders, 10 movements, art and teaching tools for 20,000 classrooms
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WE THE FUTURE: Art for the Classroom and Beyond

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OUR FUNDING GOAL: 

We aren’t looking for a dollar amount in this campaign. We are here to find partners. OUR REAL GOAL IS 40,000 BACKERS, AT ANY LEVEL, because even one dollar makes an impact in this campaign. Every donation of a dollar or more sends ten pieces of artwork and teaching tools to a classroom! Amplifier will also distribute these images through public ad campaigns, billboards, and as free downloads for you to print and share as you like at home, at work, or with teachers at a school near you.

WE BELIEVE ART HAS THE POWER TO WAKE PEOPLE UP!

Kids in America spend an average of 1,200 hours a year in school.  In today's climate of unprecedented fear and division, what they see - or don't see - on their classroom walls matters more than ever.

With your help, we plan to cover at least TWENTY THOUSAND of those walls with new icons: images of ten young leaders representing ten diverse movements, each carrying the hopes of their generation, each already building us a better world.

TEACHERS! CLICK HERE TO GET FREE ART

Last year, 22,840 of you helped Amplifier break a Kickstarter record with We The People, a campaign that hacked national newspapers with full-page ads in advance of the presidential Inauguration and the first Women's March. Millions of people across the U.S. and in 193 countries around the world downloaded our free art to carry into the streets and to hang in public spaces. 

Now we want to reach a new audience and we need your help again. In the next chapter of this project, We The Future, we are shifting from streets to schools. The art, from some of the greatest activist artists working today—including Shepard Fairey, Rommy Torrico, Munk One, and Kate DeCiccio—has already been commissioned.

Amplifier collaborated with 10 grassroots organizations to create this series of portraits.  Scroll down below the rewards to learn about their work!
Amplifier collaborated with 10 grassroots organizations to create this series of portraits. Scroll down below the rewards to learn about their work!

We The Future are young leaders at the forefront of change, and they’re building organizations and movements all across the country. They are are drafting and passing legislation. They are working on climate justice, criminal justice reform, voting rights, immigration justice and immigrant rights, disability justice, gun reform, queer rights, and literacy, and they are changing the world. 

Their work is not partisan.  It is forming the basis of a new era of human and environmental rights. These icons carry the energy of countless communities and are already showing us a path forward, a way out of this time of uncertainty. These leaders are showing us that the Future is already here, and the work is already happening.  It’s time to listen to their voices.  

Art in the classroom is an essential tool for this work. 

Art is a megaphone for important but unheard voices that need amplifying. Art gives us symbols to gather around, builds community, and helps us feel like we’re not alone. Art is a bridge that unites movements under shared values. Art starts conversations. But most important, Art is a COMPASS that points to the future we want to live in.

Building on our Education Amplifier pilot program, which last year brought art and teaching materials to more than 2,500 registered teachers in every U.S. state, we collaborated with 10 grassroots organizations to create this new series of portraits and dramatically expand our art’s impact in the classroom.
Existing Amplifier Educator classrooms!
Existing Amplifier Educator classrooms!

At the end of this campaign, with your help, the art you see here will be distributed to at least 20,000 classrooms nationwide. Images of these young leaders will hang on the walls of schools in every state, and they will come with teaching tools built in collaboration with thousands of educators and hundreds of nonprofits. These messages and their paths to action will be a constant reminder to the kids in these classrooms of who We The Future already are, and who they themselves can be.

We don’t have one easy solution for you, WE HAVE 10!  Follow any one of them, and the world will be a better place.

Now the tricky part: Printing and distributing these images to 20,000 classrooms!  This is where we need your help the most!

We need you to help us reach teachers!  Teachers, we need you to help us reach students! Students, we need you to help us reach the world!

TEACHERS! CLICK THIS TO GET FREE ART!

STRETCH GOAL: 

These 20,000 classrooms are just the beginning. Our larger goal is to build capacity and networks so we can start getting these icons and their ideas into every school in America in some form, whether as posters, textbook illustrations, or the basis for curriculum. 

SHEPARD FAIREY is one of the most accomplished street artists in the world and the creator and founder of Obey Clothing and Obey Giant. He first became known for his "Andre The Giant has a Posse" sticker campaign while at the Rhode Island School of Design. His Barack Obama "Hope" poster became iconic during the 2008 presidential election.

ROMMY TORRICO is a queer, trans, undocumented artivist born in Iquique, Chile, raised in Naples, Florida, and currently based out of New York. Rommy has been involved in the (im)migrant rights struggle for several years and infuses much of their work with personal experience and the stories their community shares. Their work has been exhibited in California, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

MUNK ONE is a contemporary American illustrator, poster artist, political cartoonist, and fine artist from California. He is well known for creating artwork for major-label musical acts like Pearl Jam, Primus, and Soundgarden, as well as for world renowned brands, clothing lines, and magazines.

KATE DECICCIO is an artist, educator, and cultural organizer focused on creating counter narratives and community-led storytelling. Informed by her experiences teaching art at Leadership High School, San Quentin Prison, St. Elizabeth’s John Howard Forensic Pavilion and working as a mental health and substance abuse counselor at Grove St. House in San Francisco, her process centers the subjects of her portraits as co-collaborators, ensuring that each portrait reflects how the person sees themselves

WHY AMPLIFIER?

Amplifier is a non-profit design lab that builds art to amplify the voices of grassroots movements. We work with our community of social change partners to build symbols, language, and distribution strategies that can change the national narrative. We draw from a deep portfolio of artists to commission new art, then take the work and distribute it in unparalleled numbers through creative space hacks, reaching new audiences and driving real change. Our art has been, and will continue to be, one of the most visible tools in the fight for truth, dignity, and equality. 

THE REWARDS:  

CREDITS

/ ICONS  & PARTNER ORGANZAIONS /

Amanda Gorman -826 National / Amanda Nguyen - Rise / Ismael Nazario -  Performing StatisticsIsra Chaker -  OxFam America / Leah the Activist - Families Belong Together / Lindsay Amer - Queer Kid Stuff / Lydia X. Z. Brown - Bazelon Center / Winter BreeAnne - Women's March Youth / Paul S. John - Million Hoodies / Xiuhtexcatl Martinez - Earth Guardians 

/ ARTISTS /

Shepard Fairey / Kate Deciccio / Rommy TorricoMunk One

/ PHOTOGRAPHERS /

Kisha Bari / Kate DeCiccio / James Fair / Brendan Gilliam / Cara GordonBret Hartman / Aaron Huey / Hannah Rimm

FILM

/ Produced / Directed / Edited / In-kind by Casual Films

Executive Producer: Megan Anttila

Producers: Felicia Jamieson / Jenny Manby / Kay Singh / Lydia Chan

Cinematography: Brendan GilliamCara Gordon /James Fair

Editors: Dan Altuz / Orlando Torres / Cara Gordon / Chris Myers

/ AMPLIFIER TEAM / 

Cleo Barnett / Aaron Huey / Isabella Sisneros / Maribel Gonzalez / Marc Jeffrey / Alex Robinson / Gabrielle Goldman / Gaebriel Min

Risks and challenges

No matter what, we have the ability to get tens of thousands of pieces of this art printed to distribute for free via our teachers' network and beyond that into public space. We also have guarantees from the silkscreen and offset printers that our product can be made in a timely manner. There is a chance that we will get into 20,000 classrooms by only the skin of our teeth, but let’s avoid that and get this art into many times more than that. There is also a small chance the entire nation will revolt and burn Amplifier's headquarters to the ground, or that a nationwide civil war will begin shortly after this campaign, and that might REALLY delay our shipping.

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    Artwork to a Classroom

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    We The Future Digital Toolkit

    We'll send you the access code for an exclusive digital toolkit that includes:

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    We The Future Boxed Postcard Set

    Twenty postcards in an embossed box: Ten from the We The Future series featuring each icon + ten postcards from our various campaigns by renowned activist artists such as Celeste Byers, Ernesto Yerena, Molly Crabapple, Josh MacPhee and Shepard Fairey.

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    Art Machine Super Sticker Pack

    Twenty mixed Amplifier stickers and postcards featuring artwork from our various campaigns by renowned activist artists such as Celeste Byers, Ernesto Yerena, Molly Crabapple, Josh MacPhee and Shepard Fairey.

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    Shepard Fairey Large Format Lithographs

    All three 24"x36" (unsigned) Shepard Fairey offset lithograph prints in an open edition, featuring young leaders Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Amanda Nguyen and Winter BreeAnne.

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    Will Not Be Banned by Kate DeCiccio

    One 18"x24" (SIGNED + NUMBERED) fine art print featuring immigration justice activist Isra Chaker on thick archival paper by Kate DeCiccio.

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    Our Own Liberation by Kate DeCiccio

    One 18"x24" (SIGNED + NUMBERED) fine art print featuring youth literacy activist Amanda Gorman on thick archival paper by Kate DeCiccio.

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    Disability Justice by Kate DeCiccio

    One 18"x24" (SIGNED + NUMBERED) fine art print featuring disability justice advocate Lydia X. Z. Brown on thick archival paper by Kate DeCiccio.

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    Unapologetically Queer by Rommy Torrico

    One 18"x24" (SIGNED + NUMBERED) fine art print featuring queer justice advocate Lindsay Amer on thick archival paper by Rommy Torrico.

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    Build Communities by Munk One

    One 18"x24" (SIGNED + NUMBERED) silkscreen print on thick archival paper featuring criminal justice reform advocate Ismael Nazario by Munk One.

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    End Gun Violence by Munk One

    One 18"x24" (SIGNED + NUMBERED) silkscreen print featuring gun violence prevention activist Paul S. John on thick archival paper by Munk One.

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    Families Together by Rommy Torrico

    One 18"x24" (SIGNED + NUMBERED) fine art print featuring immigrant rights advocate Leah the Activist on thick archival paper by Rommy Torrico.

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    SIGNED Shepard Fairey Large Format

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    All 3 Shepard Fairey Silkscreens

    All three 18"x24" (SIGNED + NUMBERED) silkscreen prints by Shepard Fairey on thick speckle-tone creme paper featuring featuring young leaders Xiuhtexcatl Martinez, Amanda Nguyen and Winter BreeAnne in an edition of 450.

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    "Earth Guardians" LG Format Print

    "Earth Guardians" Large Format on 100% cotton custom archival paper with hand-deckled edges featuring young leader Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. 31 x 40 inches. 6 color screen print on cream. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 75. Obey publishing chop in lower left corner. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

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    "Power to the Polls" LG Format Print

    Large Format on 100% cotton custom archival paper with hand-deckled edges featuring young leader Winter BreeAnne. 31 x 40 inches. 6 color screen print on cream. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 75. Obey publishing chop in lower left corner. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

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    "Rewrite the Law" LG Format Print

    Large Format print on 100% cotton custom archival paper with hand-deckled edges featuring young leader Amanda Nguyen. 31 x 40 inches. 6 color screen print on cream. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 75. Obey publishing chop in lower left corner. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

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    Amplifier Collector's Circle Boxed Set

    Special collector's edition embossed box filled with twenty 18"x24" prints on thick archival paper.

    Set includes 3 SIGNED AP silkscreen prints of the sold out We The Future series by Shepard Fairey. Handpick the remaining 17 of your favorite Amplifier artworks from our various campaigns as archival quality fine art prints (unsigned). Select from the work of renowned activist artists such as Molly Crabapple, Josh MacPhee, Celeste Byers, Ernesto Yerena, and many more.

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    Together with an artist we handpick for you, Amplifier will build one campaign image and distribution strategy for a non-profit of your choice. This includes creative services and artist fees only -- no printing or other distribution costs.

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