Image courtesy of J. Rachel Reyes

Art, in the Hands of the People

This January, the Amplifier Foundation came to Kickstarter with We the People, a project to flood Washington, DC, with new symbols of hope on Inauguration Day. With the help of 22,840 backers, Amplifier and artists Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal, and Ernesto Yerena were able to publish their images as full-page ads in three U.S. newspapers and share them online for free. Their mission was to put these symbols of diversity and inclusivity in the hands of as many people as possible.

They accomplished their mission — in DC:

In Los Angeles:

In New York City:

In Florida:

In Alaska:

And all around the world:


Art knows few boundaries. Art can be a salve, a bridge, and a light in the dark. And as the Amplifier Foundation says, “Art has the power to wake people up.”


Help independent artists on Kickstarter make a difference here, or launch your own project here.

Image courtesy of J. Rachel Reyes