Impact 2022: Art that Bears Witness
Throughout history, artists have played a vital role to bear witness to society’s injustices. As a democracy we have the right to create and exhibit protest art. Whether it is about racism, sexism, human rights, immigration, LGBTQ, food insecurity, housing, health care, criminal justice, or the environment, the creative community has informed, provoked, and influenced for change. Artists amplifying social issues are varied and include examples such as the many paintings of George Floyd by artists around the world amplifying the pain of the Black Lives Matter movement, or the 1937 painting Guernica, by Picasso, with its powerful anti-war statement, or Barbara Kruger’s silkscreen, Your Body is A Battleground, created for the March For Women’s Lives.
The exhibition will include a variety of mediums such as painting, sculpture, video, light, photography, and multimedia.
“Art changes people and people change the world.” – John Butler
March 1 – 14: Artists notified
June 30: Exhibition Closes
Bethany Arts Community Season of Justice: This exhibit fits within Bethany’s 2022 Season of Justice.
Since Bethany’s founding, our belief that engaging with the arts expands our perceptions and broadens our perspectives on the world has been central to our mission. This idea was important in 2015 when Bethany was in formation. It is an urgent calling at a time when our society is increasingly polarized and the pandemic and economic hardships are fueling fear and anxiety. During the 2022 season, we will curate a series of programs, exhibits, performances, talks, and more, that endeavor to deepen our understanding of the American justice system, explore the criminalization of “otherness” (color, ethnicity, religion…), alienation, isolation, healing, and hope. By engaging artists working in different media who have personal and lived experience, or who collaborate closely with those who do, the 2022 Season of Justice will be both deeply personal and accessible.