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Manifest Justice Opens Thought, Provokes Mind
By Brian W. Carter (Staff Writer)
Published May 7, 2015

The large-scale pop-up art exhibition unites artists and activists with over 200 pieces of art of multiple media focusing on issues from Black Lives Matter to international issues.

Photo By Brian W. Carter

Manifest Justice Online Contest winner Michael D’Antuono’s The Talk

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Exhibit uses art to manifest the voice of justice on a variety of societal issues

MANIFEST: JUSTICE opened at the Baldwin Hills Theatre Building on Friday, May 1, opening minds with socially conscious and relevant issues through the medium of art. The large-scale pop-up art exhibition unites artists and activists with over 200 pieces of art of multiple media focusing on issues from Black Lives Matter to international issues. The exhibit was designed to ignite dialogue and inspire new ideas about healthy communities, social justice, human rights, and celebrate the diversity and creativity that help reimagine justice all over the world.

“Art for Amnesty partnered with the California Endowment and Task Force to produce Manifest Justice to focus on our origins,” said Marvin Bing National Director of Art for Amnesty International U.S.A.

Marvin Bing National Director of Art for Amnesty International U.S.A.

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“Amnesty is highlighting the need of art playing a central role of human rights and social justice around the world. We not only believe that art is critical in the creative community in highlighting human rights but a lot of our work is defending human right abuses of artists in other countries.”

MANIFEST: JUSTICE brings together an array of community partners such as Art for Amnesty, The California Endowment’s Sons & Brothers initiative, Brotherhood Crusade, Black Worker Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Community Coalition South Los Angeles, CHIRLA (Coalition for Human and Immigrant Rights Los Angeles), Californians for Safety and Justice, Self-Help Graphics and Art and many others.

“It took the work of a lot of individuals to making this happen but more importantly, I think all of the people who are a part of the organizations that supported this effort… to use art to get people to talk about a lot of issues,” said.  Wyatt Closs, Programming Director of Manifest Justice.

Wyatt Closs, Programming Director of Manifest Justice

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“No matter what aspect of injustice you may enter from, if it’s Black Lives Matter, immigrant rights, LGBT rights, international human rights—there is a connection between [them] in a way we might not always think of.”

The art exhibit also sponsored a nationwide online art contest which focused on themes of justice, human rights, dignity, power and action. Submissions were reviewed by an impressive panel of judges from the entertainment and art world as well as the Amnesty International USA and the California Endowment. The 5 winning artists’ work is currently on display in the exhibit.

“Manifest Justice brings art to the community in a really organic and special way,” said Jacquelyn Mason-Drayton, Associate Curator for the Manifest Justice Exhibition and gallery manager.

Jacquelyn Mason-Drayton, Associate Curator for the Manifest Justice Exhibition

Photo by Brian W. Carter

“It brings together artists from emerging… to late-career, music, politics and things people are feeling very passionate about right now.

“We’re really trying to bring the community together.”

The MANIFEST: JUSTICE exhibition also provides a platform for artists from across the nation to use their talents to amplify and motivate a grassroots movement to stand up for political, social and economic justice for all Americans.

For a calendar and full list of details regarding MANIFEST: JUSTICE programming, please visit: manifestjustice.org. The Baldwin Hills Theatre is located at 3741 S. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90016

brian@lasentinel.net

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