New Street Art Works in Support of the Black Lives Matter Movement #ArtTuesday
The Black Lives Matter movement has inspired some fantastic street art all over the country. Here’s a selection from JUXTAPOZ:
First is a project coordinated by our Minnesota-based friend Eric Rieger aka HotTea, who organized a series of projections on the streets of Minneapolis, home of George Floyd. The installation artist explains how, “The concept for these projections was to take the images and names of those killed by excessive police force and project them onto surfaces that either seem obviously pleasant or obviously destructive. I chose to project George Floyd’s portrait onto the ‘Welcome to Minnesota’ sculpture because of its message. The phrase ‘Welcome to Minnesota’ does not mean the same thing for everybody. For black people and people of color, it has often meant unfair treatment by the police and discrimination in many aspects of life. Minnesota is known for its lakes, trees and many biking trails, but not all of us are so fortunate to enjoy the boat life or that pleasant walk around Lake Calhoun. So many lives have been lost to excessive police force, and this image is meant to make us think, ‘are we being genuine, are we being kind?’ For many of us the answer is YES, but for a lot of people that answer is NO. Behind the smile and relaxing lake lifestyle are police who mean to cause harm when given the opportunity. When moving to a state like Minnesota, we should all be welcomed and treated fairly no matter the color of our skin.
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.