art activism

OEA (Oakland Education Association) art build, Oakland, CA, January 2019

Strike-ready art for the Oakland Education Association. Three-day art build with the all-star art team. Photos by Joe Brusky. Details about the art build here. Plus a video by Joe Brusky here.

UTLA (United Teachers Los Angeles) art build, Los Angeles, CA, December 2018

Strike-ready art for Los Angeles teachers. There is power in a union. 3-day art build: 1,600 screen printed picket signs, 1,000 posters screened, 1,000 patches screened, 30 plus banners painted, 8 parachute banners painted, and thousands of offset posters printed and disseminate to a labor movement that won a historic victory during their January 2019 strike. Photos by Joe Brusky. Blog post with three videos by Joe Brusky here.

mud stencil workshop, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, January 2019

NEA (National Education Association) Conference for Racial and Social Justice, Minneapolis, MN, June 2018

Fourteen 24' parachute banners painted in two-and-a-half days at the NEA Conference! The art build crew included myself, Paul Kjelland, Kim Cosier, Claudio Martinez, and Joe Brusky of the MTEA union (who took the photos of the art build.) Extensive blog post on Justseeds can be found here.

MTEA (Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association) art build, Milwaukee, WI, May 12, 2018

top photo by Nicolas Lampert, bottom photo by Joe Brusky

Voces de la Frontera May Day March / No 287 G demo in Waukesha, WI, May 1, 2018

May Day photos by Joe Brusky.

March for Our Lives, Milwaukee, WI. March 24, 2018

Top two photos by Joe Brusky. Bottom photo by Nicolas Lampert. "No More Silence" banner designed by Kim Cosier.

Art Build for March for Our Lives - Milwaukee, WI. March 17, 2018

Top photo: Joe Brusky, other photos: Nicolas Lampert. "Enough" image was designed by Bay View High School art teacher Bryce Coppersmith and his students:  Piera Alcala, Sebastian Wurm, and Kenly Siguenza. "Protect Students, Not Guns" designed by Pete Railand. The art build was sponsored by the MTEA teachers union. 1000 copies of each poster were printed and 10 banners were painted. The posters were distributed by MTEA at the start of the March for Our Lives demo in Milwaukee on March 24th. We also painted three banners for 50 Miles More march organized by high school students where students march from March 25-March 28th from Madison to Janesville, WI to speak out against Ryan's lack of action on gun control.

Voces / YES! demo in Racine, WI protesting Paul Ryan's failure to introduce a Clean Dream Act Bill, March 5, 2018

photos by Joe Brusky.

Voces de la Frontera Community Art Build, Milwaukee, WI, January 2018

All photos by Joe Brusky. Check out also a video of the Community Art Build that Joe made. The art build was in directed collaboration with Voces de la Frontera whereby 300-plus people helped produce over 450 screenprinted pickets signs for Voces, along with close to 20 banners, 400-plus butterfly cut outs, nearly 100 t-shirts, 200 plus silkscreen pennants, 1000 screenprinted posters, and a 100 yard banner that was 10′ wide.

Twin Cities Art Build for Public Education and Teacher's Unions, Minneapolis, MN, November 2017

Three day art build held at the headquarters of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers in Northeast Minneapolis and and organized by two locals (Minneapolis 59 and Saint Paul 28.) Full recap of the art build and art in action here.

Voces de la Frontera action, Milwaukee Court House, November 2017

Demo to stop 287g in Milwaukee that would empower police offices to act as ICE agents in Milwaukee. Measure was stopped in Milwaukee. Photos by Joe Brusky.

Voces de la Frontera action, Milwaukee City Hall, July 2017

Action to demand that the mayor reverses the decision to allow Milwaukee Police offices to act as ICE agents. Voces organizing forced Mayor Barrett to reverse his decision. Photos by Joe Brusky.

No Back Forty Mine, MREA Energy Fair, June 2017, Custer, WI

Art by Dylan Miner, Pete Railand, Nicolas Lampert, Sue Siminsky Bietila, and Ian Kerstetter. Hi res versions of the images on More on the No Back Forty Mine campaign here.

Voces de la Frontera, May Day 2017, Milwaukee

Top photos by Joe Brusky. Second to last photo by Gregg Smith

People's Climate March, April 29, 2017, Washington D.C.

Video from the PCM. And a video from The Guardian. Paul Kjelland and I helped to paint a 24 ft wide "No Back Forty Mine" for the Menominee Nation-led movement against the proposed mine on the MI/WI border. The image was designed by Dylan AT Miner.Top photo is a Justseeds mini-gathering in DC: Paul Kjelland, Chip Thomas, and myself.

Voces de la Frontera, Petitions Delivered to the State Capital, April 26, 2017

Photos by Joe Brusky. Banners by Jeanette Arellano, Raoul Deal, and Claudio Martinez. Banner painting organized by Voces de los Artistas.

Voces de la Frontera May Day Art Build, April 2017

Justseeds post on the May Day Art Build / Parachute Banners. Last photo by Susan Ruggles

Voces de los Artistas (art affinity group in collaboration with Voces de la Frontera, Milwaukee.)

photos by Joe Brusky

Voces de la Frontera, Milwaukee, A Day Without Latinos, February 13, 2017

top two photos by Joe Brusky.

Art Build for Public Education, Milwaukee, February 2017

Top two photos by Joe Brusky. Link to Justseeds post on the art build for Public Education.

Voces de la Frontera, Milwaukee, The Inauguration of Our Resistance, January 14, 2017

Art Tent, Oceti Sakowin Camp, Standing Rock, November, 2016

Interview with Viktor Ortiz by Nicolas Lampert about the role of the Art Tentat the Oceti Sakowin camp.

Milwaukee May Day 2016 (March for Immigrant, Worker, and Student Rights)

photos by Joe Brusky, Susan Simensky Bietila, and Susan Ruggles. Blog post recap here.

Milwaukee Art Build (April 2016) Voces de la Frontera / Coalition for Justice / C.A.R.S. (Citizens Acting for Rail Safety)

Art Build organized by David Solnit, Susan Simensky Bietila, and myself. Recap on the Art Build here.

A Day Without Latinos  (February 18, 2016)  Mass demo and work stoppage against two proposed anti-immigrant bills – AB 450 and SB 533

Butterfly graphic: Favianna Rodriguez / graphic design for the poster: Nicolas Lampert

photos by Joe Brusky

Justseeds blog post on the art in the action / Favianna's graphic

D12 - demos during the COP 21 UN Climate Conference - Paris December 2016

photo by Mona Caron 

Recaps from Paris: Art build at Jardin d' Alice, art activism, D12 demo. Plus a video of painting a 300 ft banner. 

And a radio interview on WUWM Lake Effect about climate justice art activism.

October 14th Day of Action / People's Climate Movement (100 plus climate justice marches on Oct. 14, 2016 / Climate Prints hosted get-out-the-word posters and banners free to download)

They Say Cut Backs, We Say Fight Back - Milwaukee 2015

People's Climate March - 30 city wheatpasting campaign prior to the march. In collaboration with

image 1: Navajo Nation, image by Chip Thomas, image 2: Milwaukee, image by Favianna Rodriguez, image 3: Richmond, VA, image by Favianna Rodriguez, Josh Macphee, image 4: series of 11x17 offset posters, images by Crystal Clarity, Favianna Rodriguez, Nicolas Lampert, Josh MacPhee, Chris Stain, Colin Matthes, image 5: Milwaukee, canoe promo team.

Stop KXL/Tarsands - Chicago, 2013 - in collaboration with Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club and

May Day March - Milwaukee 2014 - mud stencil - in collaboration with YES (Youth Empowered in the Struggle) and Voces de la Frontera

mud stencil image design by Raoul Deal.

Wisconsin Uprising, 2011

Badger eating rat image: Nicolas Lampert / Union Made, Occupied for Labor: Colin Matthes.

Justseeds-IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War) street art action - Chicago 2010 - in collaboration with IVAW

Books to Prisoners mud stencil action - Madison 2009 - in collaboration with Madison chapter of Books to Prisoners

(note: to learn more about mud stencils and the OMS "The Original Mud Stenciler", please view by Jesse Graves.)

TAMMS Year Ten mud stencil action - Chicago 2009 - in collaboration with TAMMS Year Ten

Project organized by TYT, Lauri Jo Reynolds, Nicolas Lampert, and Jesse Graves / mud stencil workshop/technique by Jesse Graves. Stencil image design by Matthias Regan.

Warning Signs - Chicago 2009 - in collaboration with Chicago chapter of the Rain Forest Action Network (RAN)

Project organized by RAN and Nicolas Lampert / sign design by Nicolas Lampert