Drawing out the Vote
Drawing Out The Vote is a voter mobilization campaign and project series including videos, installations, artist-designed “I Voted” buttons, and other actions focused in Georgia. Created and directed by Gabrielle Mertz, the project involves creative community members from across Georgia, including Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. (from HBO’s Watchmen), typographic artist Mark Addison Smith, and others.
Join In and Take Part!
Volunteer in Georgia to hand out beautifully designed I VOTED buttons in front of early voting locations & deliver buttons to community centers & other venues! Click below for more info & to sign up for a slot.
Created and directed by Gabrielle Mertz
Gabrielle Mertz is an artist and public policy & nonprofit adviser. As a visual artist and director/choreographer, she has created exhibitions, performances, and site-specific installations on stages, on tour, and on film. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and internationally, including at the Cultural Olympiad, New Museum, Cultural Center of Krakow, American Dance Festival, and High Museum, with commissions/awards from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, and Netherland-America Foundation, among others. Her work on policy and cultural strategy with campaigns, nonprofit organizations, and international institutions includes The Coalition for the International Criminal Court, The Carter Presidential Center, Obama for America, The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and International Rescue Committee, among others.
Unstoppable Voter Projects Throughout the Country Will Bring Art and Entertainment to Voters and Polling Places; Artists Hope to Inspire Others in Their Own Communities
In this contentious election season, many people are wondering how we can move past division and tension to celebrate democracy and our freedom to vote. Artists, in the business of storytelling and culture-making, are working around the country to turn the focus to honoring and encouraging participation in our democratic process. With this in mind, the Center for Artistic Activism created the Unstoppable Voter Project. We funded 11 of the most ambitious, innovative collaborations between artists and civic organizations seeking to increase voter engagement after receiving more than 100 applications. Artistic events will take place nationwide, with a focus on states where voters are facing barriers to the polls.