You’re invited to join the Democracy Art Challenge: this October
Each month TinkerLab hosts a daily art challenge. With the U.S. election around the corner, I’m moved to create a special art challenge to explore democracy with kids and help get out the vote.
An average of 60% of Americans vote in Presidential elections (we can do better!), voting is a U.S. right, every person’s vote matters, and voting is an opportunity for change.
By amplifying our collective voice, we can share and spread a message of hope, decency, integrity, and peace. There are so many ways to do this: phone banking, writing postcards, talking with neighbors, and sharing your message with friends and family.
Scroll through for notes on how the art challenge works, ideas on how to incorporate this into your month, and a list of resources that connect with the daily words.
How the challenge works
1. Say “I’m in”. Leave a comment below to let our community know you’re joining this challenge. If you’re on Instagram, join the challenge here.
2. Share this image on your Instagram or Facebook wall to help spread the word. #vote #bettertogether
3. Reflect on what democracy means, interpret words as you like, and exercise your creativity. There are infinite ways to do this. I’ll share tips below.
4. Join in social media by posting a photo of your interpretation of the daily word. Add the hashtag #vote to your post. You can add other hashtags and/or add a hashtag to match the daily word such as #equality
Ideas on how to use the prompts
1. Participate with your child, students, or on your own. Make it your daily practice to reflect on the daily word.
2. Print the word list and prop it up on your dining table, post it to the fridge, or glue it in a sketchbook.
3. If you’re sharing with children, ask if they’ve heard this word before. What does it make them think of? Share your own thoughts with them. Read a picture book, look at a piece of art, share a historical example, or tell a story that relates to the word.
4. Consider how you’d like to interpret the word. You could take a photograph, make a drawing, write the word in your own font, find a quote that reflects the word’s meaning and illustrate it, share a photograph of a historical moment that reflects the word, write a poem, create a journal entry, etc.
If you’re looking for the classic TinkerSketch October Art Challenge, click the link and join us for that one, too.❤️📆
If you’re looking for resources that connect with democracy, these are books, artists, and films that are relatable to children, both from in my personal library and those shared by trusted friends. I’ll continue to add to this list over time. If you have other suggestions, please add them in the comments. While these resources may relate to multiple words in th challenge, to make it easy for you to connect the dots, I’ll signpost one word for you to focus on. Note: This list contains affiliate links
Equality: This Book is Anti-racist: 20 Lessons to Wake up, Take Action, and Do the Work, Tiffany Jewel
Election: Grace for President, Kelly diPucchio
Human Rights: Malala: My story for Standing up for Girls’ Rights, Sarah J. Robbins and Malala Yousafzai
Civic:What can a Citizen do? Dave Eggers
Justice: I Dissent, Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, Debbie Levy
Empathy: What is Empathy? A Bullying Storybook for Kids, Amanda Morin
Diversity: Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You, Sonia Sotomayor
Civil Rights: Civil Rights: Then and Now, Woo! Jr. Kids
Environment: What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet, Jess French.
Film & Video
Democracy: Democracy: A Short Introduction (a short video overview)
Environment: Free Willy. A film about a boy who rescues an Orca from captivity.
Cooperation: Pixie Hollow Games. A short Disney movie with Tinker Bell about the power of teamwork.
Justice: RBG Documentary
Peace: Sister Corita Kent, 1960’s graphic artist and advocate for social justice
Unity:Amplifier Art amplifies the voices of grassroots movements through art.