What was the purpose of the 2019 Women’s March Art Build?

A team of five DMV Women artists were assembled to work together in close collaboration with the women’s march national leadership to create visuals for a large scale mobilization to be seen across the world.

Feminist Muralists Kate Deciccio and Rose Jaffe spearheaded the team in liaison with the women’s march national team. I was happy to be included in this team as one of the featured artists! 

Artists were onsite everyday from January 7th - January 19th, 2019 
The Women’s March Art Build worked together to use art to call the greater base of The Women’s March to stand in solidarity with Women & Femmes by committing to their collective liberation through both policy and individual transformation of consciousness.

Art has been central to every major social movement in history. The Women’s March Art Build used their art to continue to speak up and speak out about the issues that matter most. Each artist selected was due to their critical consciousness, visionary approach to social justice, powerful creative practice and personal stake in the issues.

The Women’s March Art Team was critical to an intentional and impactful art production experience. The hope was that the team’s collective community will expand the impact of each artists individual efforts and the march as a whole.

Total artwork made:
8 people making art
3 on media
1 person on movement, chants and community engagement
27 banners
23 laser cut hands
10 sculptured heart cutouts
4 hand dyed capes
Hundreds of screen printed prints, patches and scarves

Jen White Johnson Artist Feature: 2019 Womens March by Nasreen Alkhateeb

Filmmaker Nasreen Alkhateeb & Sound Editor Kai Keefe are geniuses! It was important in this interview to tell my truth and explain why I marched and contributed artwork for the 2019 Women's March and why I’ll keep marching long after! In addition to marching for disability rights and disability justice for people of color, at the end of the video I mention I’m marching for trans folks. My cousin Denise who was trans, passed away last year. I march in her memory. I hold dear the last few conversations I was able to have with her before she died. Nasreen captured our Women's March art build team for the 5 weeks we spent in the studio and will be joining us at the 2019 Women's March as watched thousands of folks engage with our creations! ・・・

Note From the filmmaker: @kaiorion and @fierceahmane and I made a video in 24 hrs highlighting Jen White-Johnson's work on advocating for #autismacceptance and #disabilityrights. Her work will be featured with four other artists at the @WomensMarch in a couple days. #womenswave2019 #womensmarch #womensagenda #autismacceptance #knorxroxs #transrights #disabilityjustice #blackdisabledlivesmatter #blacklivesmatter

Director|DP: Nasreen Alkhateeb Editor|Sound: Kai Keefe