Artists mark Trump's inauguration anniversary with day of protest art 1 Favorite 

This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration. It also marks the one-year anniversary of the Women's March his election inspired, the largest single-day protest in the nation's history.
To memorialize the occasion, artists across the country are taking part in the first Art Action Day, a patchwork of public events, workshops and performances happening across the US. Hoping to reclaim the day for artistic expression, the initiative is being promoted under the slogan "Art is Essential to Democracy."
The nationwide initiative is the brainchild of The Federation, a volunteer-run arts organization spearheaded by artist Laurie Anderson and producers Tanya Selvaratnam and Laura Michalchyshyn. Formed in direct response to Trump's executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, the group began as a series of informal monthly meet-ups. But it has quickly mobilized into an organized network of creatives, which includes artists Shirin Neshat, Glenn Ligon and Anicka Yi.
Since announcing the launch of Art Action Day in October, organizers have attracted interest from dozens of arts institutions across the country. The coalition claims to have the support of a number of big companies, including Tumblr and Spotify, some of whom have offered pro bono services or are involved in The Federation's steering committee.

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