spotted by Yancey Strickler
Oct 07, 2022
To radically reimagine the future through creative collaboration.
Hank Willis Thomas, Aaron Huey, Cleo Barnett, Jenny Holzer, Elliott Walker, Tim Hucklesby, Lauri Freedman, Fiana Keleta, Carly Fischer, Eric Gottesman, Claudia Peña, Manushka Magloire, Shepard Fairey, Luca Piccin, Kiara Benn, Wyatt Gallery, Gina Belafonte, Nour Batyne, Anya Ayoung Chee, José Parlá, Marsha Reid, Michele Pred, Cassils, rafa esparza, Coby Kennedy, Patton Hindle, and more.
The Wide Awakes are an open source, artist-led movement that brings together a wide range of creative collectives in support of political and creative action. Their name comes from an 1860s group called the Wide Awakes who led the abolitionist movement to end slavery in the US who wore colorful capes and used distinctive colors to show their membership, a practice the contemporary Wide Awakes have adopted as well.
Wide Awakes Day: An annual day when the Wide Awakes gather in parades and marches to celebrate their work together.
Carnival: The first event where their energy was put into action, as one member took the lead on a project in Trinidad
Cape making: Creating a practice and visual emblem of how they create their identity in the Wide Awakes
Open source toolkit: They turned their entire framework into an open source toolkit where anyone can be a Wide Awake