International Art Stars Shine on Georgia’s Senate Runoff Election

Sheila Pree Bright: #1960Now, The People's Uprising Rally, Breonna Taylor. Atlanta, GA, 2020

ATLANTA (December 2, 2020) – Internationally renowned artists such as Alex Katz, Cindy Sherman, Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Mika Rottenberg, José Parlá, KAWS, Deb Kass, Shirin Neshat, Tony Fitzpatrick, Glenn Kaino, Renee Stout and Elizabeth Peyton are joining forces with Georgia-based artists including Cosmo Whyte, Jiha Moon, Rocio Rodriguez, Krista Clark, Holly Coulis, Sheila Pree Bright, Davion Alston and Zipporah Thompson, among others, by contributing artworks to “Artists For a New Georgia,” an online art sale benefiting the New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGPAF).

Set to be live on Artsy from Tuesday, December 8 through Tuesday, December 15, “Artists For a New Georgia” aims to get out the vote for Georgia’s two senate runoff races on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

“The eyes of the nation are on these crucial senate races,” said Michael E. Shapiro, Director Emeritus, High Museum of Art. “Art has the power to change the world, and we hope this movement will galvanize voter turnout.”

“Artists for a New Georgia” will kick off via an invitation-only Zoom event for the host committee on Tuesday, December 8, featuring Nsé Ufot, CEO of The New Georgia Project and The New Georgia Project Action Fund, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich in conversation with Michael Shapiro, “The Book Club” (Marilyn Minter, Cindy Sherman and Laurie Simmons) in conversation with Michael Rooks, and social change activist Aquib Yacoob in conversation with Atlanta-based artist Shanequa Gay.

“Art and culture are essential to our efforts to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice. Art not only raises awareness, it has the ability to capture attention and imaginations. Imagining a better world is the first step on the path to creating one,” said Ufot.

In addition to the 35+ works of art available for sale, some artists will be featured in a series of public service announcements about the power of the vote that will air on the New Georgia Project’s Instagram channel as well as the artists’ social media platforms.

Ufot continued, “We are honored to have the support of such an esteemed group of artists as we work towards building a new Georgia.”

Founded by Stacey Abrams in 2014, the NGP has registered more than 500,000 new voters in Georgia.

For more information on joining the host committee, click here.

About the New Georgia Project Action Fund New Georgia Project Action Fund (NGPAF) is a 501(c)(4) organization and has been at the forefront of registering, organizing and mobilizing at increased economies of scale for multiple cycles. In 2018, NGPAF sent over 417,000 texts to voters while knocking on over 600,000 doors and talking to over 200,000 voters statewide. In addition, NGPAF’s culturally competent paid media and digital advertising generated more than 1.5 million impressions. The program was a significant driver of voter turnout, which increased 10% over the 2014 midterm elections.

About the New Georgia Project The New Georgia Project (NGP) is a non-partisan organization founded by Stacey Abrams in 2014. Since its inception, NGP has registered more than 500,000 new Georgia voters. With 74% GA voter turnout in this year's general election, NGP aims to expand Abrams's "New American Majority" by registering new voters, specifically including people of color aged 18-29 and single women. NGP will also knock on 1 million doors by January 4 to inform people how to vote early, vote by mail, or vote on election day.

Media contact: Amel Alyamani - amel@lizlapiduspr.com


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