From Ferguson to Gaza, we can see the way that militarism has a direct impact on the lives of all of us.
Militarism refers to physically violent and coercive ways of settling conflict or maintaining control what we see in the everyday actions of armed security forces such as the military, militia, police, border enforcement, and school security.
But do militarist policy decisions actually keep our communities safe and secure? What if we instead invested in the things that help communities, countries, and the globe thrive?
Help us change the way people think about safety and security—and about the tools that should be used to achieve them.
Create a poster-
We need graphic artists, printmakers, street artists, comic artists, and other print-based visual artists who are interested in creating unique posters for a traveling exhibit.
Submissions should explore:
Militarism’s negative effects on your community, your country, or the globe
Ideas for active resistance to militarism
Alternative approaches, new projects, or manifestos that seek to achieve lasting peace and justice
Check out this slideshow to get you thinking!
Submit your poster on or before Dec. 15, 2014.
Each submission must include:
Digital image of poster of sized 8.5” x 11” or 22” x 28” (300-600 ppi; TIFF or best resolution JPG; maximum 50MB)
A 250-word artist’s statement
A bio, maximum of 250 words
Artists may submit more than one work.
Terms and conditions-
Jurors will select an initial set of work to be the core of a nationally traveling exhibit.
AFSC will print and professionally display the chosen work in our traveling exhibit.
AFSC will display the chosen work on our website and make it available for free digital download to the public.
The exhibit website will identify each poster by artist, title of piece, short description, and your website if you so choose.
By participating in this project, artists are donating their work to AFSC to use in the traveling exhibit, in digital replicas of the work available for download for free, in informational brochures, and on the web. Work will be fully credited to the artists, with contact information included.
Selected artists will receive a $50 honorarium and a print copy of the catalog of the traveling exhibit.
At each location of the tour, events and discussions will be held, and teaching artists will work with youth to create more posters for the project.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Read more about AFSC.
AFSC is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Eyes Wide Open exhibit, which traveled the country for years. AFSC’s mural art exhibit Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, composed of work donated by U.S. and international artists, traveled to 60 cities in the U.S. AFSC also produces the If I Had a Trillion Dollars youth video festival.