Okay, peeps: I’m working on a project, and I need some help.
In a nutshell, I have to explain to a room full of non-arts people why arts grants are important, and why art isn’t just some highfalutin’ elitist nonsense. To make this happen, I’m looking for a few examples of “art moments” in America–paintings, novels, poems, films, dances, plays–that have led to larger change.
Off the top of my head, I thought of Shepherd Fairey and his iconic “Hope” poster that helped galvanize the Obama campaign. (Which is notable whether or not you supported Obama.) I also thought of Raisin in the Sun and The Laramie Project, both of which helped spread awareness of social injustice and framed discussions of civil rights.
Moments don’t necessarily need to be that big–in fact, a couple of smaller ones would be nice. I’m simply looking for art events that have had an effect outside the art world.
Anyway, if you have any suggestions, please pass them on. I’d greatly appreciate it….