After the Fall: Artists
for Peace, Justice & Civil Liberties Gallery & Anthology:
dust had not cleared from the suicide bombings on September
11, 2001, when demonstrators began gathering around the world
to protest an impending war. Among the slogans: "Don't
use our grief to kill thousands more." On October 7,
when the relentless attack on Afghanistan began, the protests
increased in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Canada, Sydney, Australia,
And while many have mixed feelings about the bombings in Afghanistan
- the casualties that have reached higher numbers than those
on 9-11 - a major benefit to the Afghan people is the destruction
of the Taliban regime. Nonetheless, Afghanistan is not securely
at peace and reconstruction of almost every aspect of that
country must take place. People continue to starve; warlords
continue to rule. And while this may seem like a victory for
the "guys in white hats" to those who are thousands
of miles removed from Central Asia, it is only one phase in
a war that the US government promises will be a lengthy one
throughout the globe. For its
December 2001-January 2002 edition, The Arts Paper issued
a call to Artists for Peace, The response was tremendous.
It continues to be much more than we can publish in our print
edition. But because we believe that artists are vital voices
for peace, we began developing this Web site, "After
the Fall: Artists for Peace, Justice and Civil Liberties."
As far as we know, this site is unique. Our hope is that it
will bring artists of all disciplines together in one place,
so that each can see what others are doing, and in turn be
seen by a wide Internet-exploring public, and thus a worldwide
network can be created.
Peace, justice and civil liberties include issues of diversity,
human rights and ecological justice, among others. We welcome
artists concerned with these matters as well as the so-called
"War Against Terrorism." Eventually, we will include
video and audio clip capability to accommodate performing
and media arts.
The site features links
worldwide, including alternative media, informational and
peace and arts groups. Participating artists' Web sites are
also linked. An "Actions"
section displays public activities (e.g., street performances,
poetry readings, visual arts exhibitions, etc.). In addition,
we are adding pages daily featuring art from nations and peoples
threatened with attack -- Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Palestine,
Somalia -- and art from countries in crisis, such as Northern
who wish to contribute, please see our call
for submissions page.
The Arts Paper
Arts Paper is a bi-monthly arts advocacy journal of the Boulder
Arts Commission. We are based in Boulder, Colorado USA, and
have a print circulation of 10,000. On the Web, we can be
found in the Boulder Arts
Resource site. The Resource is unusual among artist registries
in that it includes artists of all disciplines like
The Arts Paper carries no advertising and is therefore not
bound to market concerns. Its goal is to offer a focused,
in-depth, critical framework for discussion. We strive to
engage those who have been left out of the arts conversation
and do so in language that most lay people can understand.
Artists themselves are our primary contributors.