ARTSTRIKE on Dec 19 was bigger than we ever imagined. Not only did talented artists create powerful work exposing the misleading ideas dominating the budget debate... we were able to reach 11 million people with their work. 11 million! More on how it happened below, but the biggest "wow" moment for us was seeing things like this: When artist Ernesto Yerena's piece was featured on CNN.com, we knew ARTSTRIKE was working. Here's what happened on Wednesday:
- More than 70 artists from across the nation submitted work -- some calling for fair taxes, others speaking out against cuts. There were poems, posters, art, and music. Check out artstrike.tumblr.com to see.
- Celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, Edward Norton, Russell Simmons, Moby, and more tweeted ARTSTRIKE links to their millions of fans, as did progressive leaders like Bill McKibben.
- More than 35 major national advocacy organizations shared images and promoted ARTSTRIKE to their supporters
- Van's article on CNN.com, his list of favorites on Upworthy.com, and his other blog posts were seen by more than 100,000 people
- Thousands of people shared links to pieces, posted designs on Facebook, mentioned ARTSTRIKE on Twitter, or helped spread the word by putting up posters in their community
- When you add up all the fans, followers, likes, and views... Art that persuades, inspires, and spurs people to action made it in front of more than 11 million people
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