For its new We The Future campaign, Amplifier is inviting US students to think about the future of their country. The Seattle organization has engaged four artists to create eye-catching posters of ten young activists working to make the world a better place.
The We The Future project
10 young activists + 10 nonprofit organizations + 4 artists = We The Future
In 2017, Amplifier launched one of the most virulent political art project in history: We The People, a nonpartisan campaign dedicated to igniting a national dialogue about American values. With We The Future, Amplifier is shifting from the streets to the schools, speaking to the next generation of leaders. In partnership with the artists Shepard Fairey, Rommy Torrico, Munk One and Kate DeCiccio, the project is distributing educational tools in more than 20,000 schools in the United States since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. In addition to the ten posters, every school that participates os receiving an exceptional lesson plan written in part by the 10 activists depicted with the help of Amplifier and of the organizations they represent. The message to all students is clear: young people are working on important issues, and so can you.
After participating in the anti-firearms demonstration "March for our lives" in 2018, and at the We The People project, the world-renowned street artist Shepard Fairey once again gets involved with Amplifier. He has created three posters for We The Future, representing young American activists Winter BreeAnne Minisee, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez and Amanda Nguyen.
Winter BreeAnne, only 17 years old, represents the youth branch of Women's March which is working for the right to vote. Xiuhtezcatl, pronounced "Shoe-Tez-Caht", is an 18-year-old indigenous environmental activist. He partners with Earth Guardians, an organization that empowers and amplifies youth voices with a focus on environmental actions. Finally, Amanda is part of RISE, a social movement dedicated to helping people assert their civil rights. At 27, she is already nominated as a candidate for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
When Amplifier contacted Rommy Torrico, the paperless artist graphic designer said that they were "pleasantly shocked" to have been selected for We The Future. Claiming themselves as a queer and trans, they naturally chose to immortalize the portraits of Leah and Lindsay Amer, who share similar destinies.
Leah is the youngest activist involved in the project. At the age of 13, she is already a member of several NGOs, and she is fighting against the deportation of her parents to Nicaragua, their country of origin. For We The Future, she decided to work with Families Belong Together, which helps migrant families not to be separated. Lindsay is 26 years old and the founder of the Queer Kid Stuff web series that aims to eliminate the stigma of LGBTQ+ people.
Famous for his work on album covers for Pearl Jam, Primus and Soundgarden, Munk One is the third artist involved in We The Future. The American illustrator collaborates with Ismael Nazario and Paul S. John, the elders of the project, both activists being 29 years old.
Ismael acts for the prison reform with Performing Statistics, a program which improves the juvenile justice system. Paul is the president of the New York section of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, an organization that raises awareness about gun violence.
Kate DeCiccio is the last artist to participate in We The Future. Her experience as an educator and a mental health and addictions counselor transformed her way of working. She doesn't paint her subjects as she sees them but as they see themselves. For the Amplifier project, Kate has worked with Amanda Gorman, Lydia X. Z. Brown and Isra Chaker.
Amanda is only 19 years old but has already worked as a United Nations delegate. In We The Future, she supports 826 National, a non-for--profit organization dedicated to help students improve their literacy skills. Lydia is a lawyer specializing in disability issues. She is partnering with Bazelon Center, which fights against the exclusion of children and adults with mental disabilities. Finally, Isra is responsible of the refugee campaign at Oxfam, one of the largest NGOs in the world. She continues to fight against the Muslim Ban in the Amplifer's project.
The Kickstarter campaign
All expenses for the printing and distribution of the posters and educational kits have been supported through a crowdfunding campaign with Kickstarter. Amplifier wanted to raise $ 40,000, a goal largely exceeded since the opening of the pot in September 2018. As of today, it collected more than $ 300,000 in donations with nearly 3,000 contributors, a continued success for Amplifier and We The Future.