About Artists’ Rapid Response Team

ARRT! (Artists’ Rapid Response Team) collaborates with 40+ non-profit, progressive groups to promote social change in Maine. This collective of approximately twelve artists meets monthly to create issue-oriented, socially engaged banners and props. Grants have enabled us to pay artists stipends, making us engaged activists, able to reconcile sophisticated aesthetic goals with political objectives, while collaborating with diverse artists and non-artists alike.

Activist groups that are too small, understaffed or underfunded to be able to hire consultants appreciate how rapidly we can respond to the issues that arise and love the media attention and excitement that our banners generate for them. We provide a visual voice for their message. We make complex issues visible on the street and we look forward to helping these groups disseminate their images through social media.

Some of the groups we have worked with include: Preble Street, MaineAllCare, Alliance for the Common Good, Maine 350, Maine People’s Alliance, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Stop the Corridor/Friends of the Piscataquis Valley, Thanks but No Tanks, Move to Amend, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Global Network, States United Against Gun Violence, Maine Citizens Against Hand Gun Violence, March against Monsanto, NAACP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Southern Maine Workers’ Center, Maine State Nurses’ Association, Maine Fair Trade Campaign, Defending Water for Life, and Community Water Justice.

ARRT! members include Nora Tryon, Anita Clearfield, Suzanna Lasker, Robin Brooks, Richard Brown Lethem, Christine Higgins, Natasha Mayers, Doreen Conboy, Ed McCartan, Karen Wainberg, Lee Chisholm, Hanji Chang, Mary Becker Weiss, Peggy Mascher, and Michael Donnelly.

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The Broad Reach Fund of the Maine Community Foundation helps support the work of ARRT!