Artist credits, left to right: Brenda Barrios, Thomas Wimberly, Manoel Enrique
Families around Seattle and across the globe are looking for inspiration, and who can blame them? Pandemic anxiety and uncertainty can easily overwhelm parents and kids alike.
New artwork from Amplifier provides beautiful encouragement at this moment when we really need it — and it’s free to download, print and share. Amplifier is a local design lab that promotes artists’ works to further social-change ideas and campaigns.
The latest Amplifier collection promotes ideas around health care for all, doing our part for public safety and preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Messages include:
- “Clean hands save lives” — artwork by Manoel Enrique
- “Together our distance is resistance” — artwork by Jeni Jenkins
- “The health of your community is in your hands: wash them” — artwork by Jen Bloomer
- “Medicare for all” — artwork by Brenda Barrios
- “Health care is a human right: Medicare for all!” — artwork by Marissa Shea
- “Protect our elders” — artwork by Greg Deal
Choose the most meaningful to you to post in your window or share on social media. By distributing these posters and promoting their messges, Amplifier seeks to help flatten the curve through education and ideas related to health, well-being and social change. And we can all help.
Submit your own art
The hope is that families are inspired to spread these messages through sharing the posters in this collection. But perhaps your inspiration will rise to the level of participation. Amplifier’s open call for art runs through May 8. Find more details on the open call on Amplifier’s site, including how to submit your artwork! There’s even some money in it for chosen pieces.
We the Future at Gates Discovery Center
Another campaign by Amplifier, “We the Future,” showcases youth activists and their chosen social-justice causes. Stories and posters are on display at Seattle's Gates Discovery Center.
One of the youth activists is Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, shown at right in a portrait by artist Shepard Fairey. Martinez works to protect land and indigenous culture through an organization called Earth Guardians.
The Gates Discovery Center is currently closed but the exhibit is scheduled to be on view through spring 2021. If you’re so inspired, bookmark the center for a future visit to dig into the inspiring youth activists and their causes, represented in beautiful and compelling artwork.