Within each of us, we have a vision of a different world. This vision is rooted in interdependence, and it’s a way of seeing the world where no one gets left behind. It’s a vision of what we’re for, not just what we’re against.

What if we could get in formation, and co-create the world we want to live in right now? What if it’s already happening? This is your invitation to participate. Scroll down for more info and to see what's happening.


Why a Call to Create?

Visual art, performance, poetry, music, and other forms of art and creativity connect us. Art is an expression of our realities, and of our hopes, dreams, and vision for the future.


The Invitation

The invitation is to create an artistic piece of any form that reflects on the following quote:

 

"We are the ancestors of the future and what we do now will have an impact."

- Yeye Luisah Teish

Reflect on the world of generations that will come after you — what are your highest hopes for how it will look, sound, and feel?

Set aside some time and space to reflect on what this means to you, your family, and your community. Think about what kind of creative process might bring out your inner wisdom about how you are an ancestor of the future, and how we can create what we want to see in the world.


Have Some Fun!

The artistic work might take the form of a painting, poem, sketch, cipher, collage, photograph, story, music, or whatever comes to you in the creative process. Play with a pen and paper, a camera, crayons, collaged images, a microphone, or whatever materials make you excited about the creative process. Find a moment to yourself or invite others — a neighbor, child, grandparent, or friend— into your creative process. Download a printable PDF of this overview and instructions. We ask that you share what you’ve created here.

Please include the following with your submission

  • Basic information about yourself (name, email, location)
  • Title of your artwork
  • 5 words you’d use to describe the world you want to live in
  • 50-word caption for your submission

If you are creating visual artwork (digital or physical), please use the following guidelines:

  • Photos should be high resolution (300dpi)
  • Photos should be minimum of 1500 pixels wide
  • When taking a picture your art, place it on a flat, solid background. Make sure there is enough contrast (so if  it is lighter in color, place on darker background, if it is dark and/or colorful, place on white background)

Please include the following with your submission

  • Basic information about yourself (name, email, location)
  • Title of your artwork
  • Still photo to be used as a feature image on the website
  • 5 words you’d use to describe the world you want to live in
  • 50-word caption for your submission

For audio and video artwork please use the following guidelines:

  • Dimensions should be minimum of 1024 x 768
  • Length is up to you, but we recommend a maximum of 5 minutes for audio and/or video files

Please include the following with your submission

  • Basic information about yourself (name, email, location)
  • Title of your artwork
  • Still photo to be used as a feature image (if not a photo of the actual writing)
  • 5 words you’d use to describe the world you want to live in
  • 50-word caption for your submission

If you are creating a handwritten visual essay, please use the following guidelines:

  • Photos should be high resolution (300dpi)
  • Photos should be minimum of 1500 pixels wide
  • When taking a picture of a piece of physical writing, place it on a flat, solid background. Make sure there is enough contrast (so if it is lighter in color, place on darker background, if dark and/or colorful, place on white background)