Letterform Archive – Art, Social Justice, and the Radical Imaginary: Making Posters

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Art, Social Justice, and the Radical Imaginary: Making Posters

Art, Social Justice, and the Radical Imaginary: Making Posters
with Favianna Rodriguez

Type West Public Workshop
Workshop at Letterform Archive
Sat, Sep 24, 2022
10:00am–5:00pm PT

Join us in-person at the Archive, in conjunction with our second exhibit Strikethrough: Typographic Messages of Protest, for this very special workshop engagement.

There has never been a movement for social change without art and culture being central to that movement. Art can inspire, educate, and help spur the imagination beyond the realms of what politics can. Artist activist Favianna Rodriguez will talk about how she leverages her art practice to create powerful and unapologetic work that speaks to various themes, including racial, gender, and climate justice. Following a short lecture will be a hands-on workshop in which participants will create collage posters that reflect the vision they have for the future. Participants will get to select from colorful and symbolic imagery and shapes to share their own stories and leverage the power of their imagination.

Learning Outcomes
  • How to design posters with a bold political message using your hands
  • How to do a quick narrative landscape scan of the issue/s you care about
  • How to move away from being reactive and move towards being visionary in your visual practice
Required Materials
  • Bring your sketchbook
COVID-19 Safety Measures

Proof of Vaccination
Before entering the Archive, you will need to present valid vaccination documentation and a state-issued photo ID. Proof of vaccination may include your California digital COVID-19 vaccine record, a CLEAR digital vaccine card, your original or a photo of your CDC Vaccination Card, or an official immunization record from outside the US.

Health Screening
If you are feeling under the weather, we ask that you not attend the workshop until you are feeling better. When you arrive at the Archive, you will be given a short health questionnaire. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you will be asked to return at a later date.

Face Coverings
All visitors and all staff, even if vaccinated, are required to wear a face covering at all times. Face coverings must completely cover your mouth and nostrils and fit snugly against the sides of your face. Bandanas, neck gaiters, and face masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted due to the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Diversity & Equity Scholarship

Diversity and Equity are important to all of us at Letterform Archive, and we are committed to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups within the type and design communities.

We are offering one BIPOC/Equity scholarship seat in this workshop.

To apply for this scholarship, please complete and submit to us the short form linked here at least a week prior to the start of the workshop.

About Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and social justice activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and praxis address migration, gender justice, climate change, racial equity, and sexual freedom. Her practice boldly reshapes the myths, stories, and cultural practices of the present, while healing from the wounds of the past. Favianna's work serves as a record of her human experiences as a woman of color embracing joy, sexual pleasure and personal transformation through psychedelics as an antidote to the life-long impacts of systemic racism. Her signature mark-making embodies the perspective of a first-generation American Latinx artist with Afro-Latinx roots who grew up in Oakland, California during the birth of hip hop and the devastating war on drugs.

In addition to her expansive studio practice, Favianna is the co-founder and president of The Center for Cultural Power, a national organization igniting change at the intersection of art, culture and social justice. She has received the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity, and the SOROS Equality Fellowship. An artist entrepreneur, she has co-founded various institutions, including the EastSide Arts Alliance, a cultural center and affordable housing complex in Oakland, CA, and Presente.org, the largest Latino online organizing community in the US. She is currently working on a film about generational womb trauma and healing.

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