Manifest Equality announces national art contest, gallery exhibit, event space and more

MANIFEST EQUALITY unites art, activism and the message of universal equal rights into a memorable multi-media ‘moment’, from Wednesday, March 3 – Sunday, March 7, 2010. Through Suffrage, the Equal Rights Amendment, the Prop 8 shockwaves, the legal battle for equal rights has been fought at different times, on differing fronts, for varied communities. In response to the growing resistance to equal rights for the LGBT population, the creative community is gathering, during Oscar Week to bring inspiration through the creation of original artworks, performances and special installations that raise visibility for the grass roots efforts to ensure full Equal Rights to LGBT Americans.

Leading up to the March events, MANIFEST EQUALITY will sponsor a nationwide online art contest focusing on the themes of Equality, Justice, Respect, Unity, Civil Rights and Love. Submissions will be reviewed by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Annie Philbin (Hammer Museum), Shepard Fairey (Artist), Ed Ruscha (Artist), Lari Pittman (Artist), Lisa Love (Senior WC Editor, Vogue), Franklin Sirmans (Curator Contemporary Art, LACMA) Edgar Arceneaux (Director, Watts House Project), Rick Jacobs (Founder, Courage Campaign), David Pagel (Art Critic). Five winning artists will have their work hang with nationally recognized artists at the MANIFEST EQUALITY Gallery space, and ten second prize winners will be selected to join the online exhibition. Submissions will be accepted through February 19, 2010.

The MANIFEST EQUALITY Gallery issues a call-to-action, with artists motivating public energy toward true reform on a local, state and national level. Artists, grass roots activists, performers, celebrity guests, art collectors, musicians, public officials and the general public will display their works and show support at the MANIFEST EQUALITY Gallery in Hollywood, CA. just blocks from the Kodak Theater where the Academy Awards will be held.

The MANIFEST EQUALITY Gallery invites artists from across the nation to use their voices and talents to amplify and motivate the grass roots movement who fight for full & unrestricted equal rights for all Americans. Participating artists include: Barry McGee, Karen Kimmel, Harvey Pekar, Ron English, Tierney Gearon, Shepard Fairey, Clare Rojas, Robbie Conal, Roman Coppola, Swoon and hundreds more.

Produced by the team behind the remarkably successful MANIFEST HOPE exhibitions/campaigns at the Democratic National Convention ’08 and the Presidential Inauguration ’09, and in partnership with the Courage Campaign, Planet Illogica, Upper Playground, Rock The Vote, and Blik.

MANIFEST EQUALITY will serve as a touchstone event for an enduring campaign – a convergence of altruistic intention, artistic expression, community engagement and political momentum.

MANIFEST EQUALITY
1341 Vine Street
(between Hollywood & Fountain)
Los Angeles, CA 90028-8141

March 3rd – March 7th, 2010
Wed & Thurs – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday – 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat & Sun – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Find out more at www.manifestequality.com.