Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and one of the most diverse cities in the nation, Be The Green is a creative grassroots campaign launched las...05 May, 2020 Movements
Want to contribute to The Art of the Green New Deal? You’ve come to the right place! By now you’ve probably already browsed through some of these pages and gained an impression of what kind of narratives, movements, and works we like to share with the world.
Here is some helpful information to make sure this is the right place for your creation to shine.
As the name suggests, the art we’re seeking has a specific purpose: to engage in, advocate for, and tell the story of… the Green New Deal.
We like art of all kinds, whether it’s more traditionally recognized forms as promoted during the original New Deal’s Federal One Project through visual arts, music, theater, and literature, or less easily categorized creative expression. For the latter, we think of “The Art of” as “The Way of” or “The Path to”, a process of engagement that teases the possibility of a new way forward within our human flow of things. This could include performance art, culture jamming, wordplay, humor, storytelling, elements of surprise, or any number of other creative icebreakers you may not find in a museum but that shift people’s perspective when they’re not looking for it. Surprise us.
While we love content that speaks directly to the Green New Deal “brand”, we’re also interested in materials that evoke the societal mood underlying any concrete plans and policies. Whether it’s to achieve electoral majorities needed to bring about Green New Deal legislation in the first place or to build support for the implementation of future projects, we like to highlight inspirational and educational contributions that put people in the mindset of wanting to live “Green New Deal lives”, regardless of official policy. We’re particularly keen on stories and imagery that weave together some of the interconnected threads outlined in the Green New Deal Resolution, especially to provide social context (e.g. equity, justice, access) for physical transformations (e.g. agriculture, transport, housing).
Our target audience includes creative people and/or Green New Deal advocates, but also people who might be “GND-curious” in need of the right kind of spark to join the movement. Whether it’s a city planner searching for a more simple narrative to deconstruct a complex policy, a teacher or student looking for material that brings the Green New Deal to life, or a stay-at-home parent concerned about climate change, your contribution emanates a “come on in, the water’s fine!” spirit.
If you’re not sure whether your idea is the right one, imagine yourself looking at it 30 years from now, thinking “this still resonates with the world I’m living in” or “this perfectly encapsulates the Zeitgeist of when we finally began to go down the path of a socially, economically, and ecologically just transition.”
– Full length articles, photo essays, interviews about relevant and notable people, ideas, projects, and events
– Original material preferred but we accept reprints of pieces we like
– Any length but 1000-2500 words is a good target
– Working title subject to change
– Graphics, photos, videos and other visual art strongly encouraged (fully credited and permitted to use only)
– Calls for art, tips, clips, interesting news items, spotlights, etc.
– At least one full paragraph but 400-800 words is a good target
– Must include one feature image at least 1200px wide (fully credited and permitted to use only)
– Series of original photos, art, or other visual works
– 4-12 slides is a good target
– Consistent format preferred (landscape, portrait, or square)
– JPEGs preferred unless otherwise requested
– Minimum of 800px on the short side
– Original works with a title and description or creation story
– YouTube, Vimeo & Soundcloud links only
Creators of original content retain full rights on all published materials. TAO the GND is currently unable to pay for contributions, remaining for the time being a work of passion for all involved. We understand the time and effort that goes into producing quality original content, so we’re also happy to provide a stage for previously published work.
Our goal is to ultimately have a budget to compensate all contributors, as we think of the artists of the Green New Deal in the same way Harry Hopkins, chief architect of the original New Deal, thought of the 40,000 writers, musicians, artists and actors employed under the WPA’s Federal One Project: “Hell, they’ve got to eat, too!”
Still interested? Send us your pitch…