Bob Keyes from the Portland Press Herald visited our work session on Sunday February 14th to observe our process and talk with people. In his article, he conveys a sense of what we are all about. ARRT paints banners for non-profit organizations in Maine that work to advance the Common Good. I have been painting with the group on and off for about three years. This spring I joined up again to work on a pet project–a banner for Arts Advocacy Day at the State Capital.
Here are some quotes that hang in my studio along with a photo of Paulo Freire I found on Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Freire While I am thinking of it, here is a quote of his that is pertinent to our work on the ARRT team.
― Paulo Freire
“You can become an instrument of that which brings justice and relieves suffering, but you don’t have to get angry about it.”
“Social action does not have to be pumped up by righteous indignation or anger. That’s working with fear.”
“You can work with love.”
“You can oppose something that is unjust out of love.”
I am proud to be a part of the ARRT team. It is social action in the best sense. We use our creativity to visualize images that communicate powerfully. Each artist brings their strengths and vision to the collaboration. Together we are so much more. Thank you to Natasha Mayers for imagining this project and inviting all of us to join in. Long live ARRT!