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A Call for Art

Updated: Feb 11

A new group in town, Stoneham for Social Justice, is calling for art—photos, videos, posters, paintings and poems—on the theme of American democracy—past, present and future. The invitation is for all who live, work or go to school in Stoneham.

"We're inviting people of all ages to use their creativity to show us what Democracy looks like to them," said Kayla Vodka, one of the organizers. "We're asking them to submit their art in digital form, as photographs or scans of their art." The deadline is March 5. The art work will be presented in a multi-media show on local TV, the Internet, and in an upcoming program on the Common. Digital photos and scans of physical art may be sent by email to stonehamsocialjustice@gmail.com.


Participants may choose to explore the theme of democracy in history, current events, or what democracy will look like in the future. Stoneham for Social Justice formed in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day. The focus on democracy is a response in part to the assault on the nation's Capital last month and efforts to subvert democratic processes.

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One of the group's members, Pastor Calvin Fergins of First Baptist Church, shared a quote by Justice Thurgood Marshall: "Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on." While promoting racial equity and inclusion, Stoneham for Social Justice will support initiatives of other organizations, including the Human Rights Commission, the Stoneham Reads program, Stoneham Schools and others.


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