Thursday, February 12, 2009

Call for Art

Human Peace Symbol

From Artist Kim Ritter, Houston, TX:

It is my firm belief that art can act as a bridge towards world peace

Peace Expedition’s First Trunk Show
“Peace Offerings”

Call for Submissions from Around the Globe for Theme “Peace Expedition”

Currently I am creating a new art car called the Peace Expedition. An integral part of my mission is to showcase small format 2d and 3d artwork in a Trunk Show entitled “Peace Offerings”.
This interactive/collaborative exhibition will be on display in and around the Peace Expedition at Art Car Events like the
Houston Art Car Parade which attracts 200,000 viewers every year.

My mission is to promote the cause of world peace by showcasing art from around the world.

Artwork must fit the theme of “The Peace Expedition” and have some connection to one or both of the themes of ‘Peace’ and ‘Expedition’. Exploration of the theme is encouraged. This can be your personal statement about your journey towards peace or the bumps along the way, it may be a political statement about your country’s/ region’s/city’s or village’s journey to peace. If abstract, the work should still have some connection to the themes of “Peace” or “Expedition”

Artwork will be displayed in various ways that fit the theme of “The Peace Expedition”. These display options will showcase the art. Some may be used to decorate the car inside and out, put on or in suitcases and trunks, assembled into scrapbooks, diaries, collected in cigar boxes or in small trunks. Ritter would like to get something from every state and every country.


ANY SIZE 12 x 12 or UNDER

Some suggested sizes:

Inchie 1x1"
Fat Inchie 1.5 x 1.5"
Atc size 2.5 x 3.5"
Postcard Size 4”x6” (10 cm x 15 cm) or
3”x3” (7.5 cm x 7.5cm) or
4”x4” (10 cm x 10 cm) or
12” x 12” (30 cm x 30 cm)

Label your work on the back with YOUR NAME, CITY, STATE, COUNTRY, AND TITLE OF THE WORK…. be creative if you wish
Sign your work on the front if possible

3D Sizes:
Work should fit into a MATCHBOOK or MATCHBOX or CIGAR BOX of your own choosing.
Choose the matchbook/matchbox/cigar box of your choice. You may decorate the matchbook/cigar box with 2d work if you wish to match what you put inside.
Label your work on the bottom with YOUR NAME, CITY, STATE, COUNTRY, AND TITLE OF THE WORK…. be creative if you wish
Sign your work on the front if possible

Ship to :
Kim Ritter
18727 Point Lookout Dr
Houston TX 77058

Please share this call with your artist friends around the world. Provide them with a translation if needed (and send me a copy of the translation for others who speak the same language. Email to

International participants: Make sure that the shipping option avoids duties or custom fees as there is no budget for that. Insuring the work will most likely increase the likelihood of added customs fees or duties.


Peace Expedition First Steamer Trunk Show Entry


How does your entry relate to the themes of peace or expedition?

Artists release:
I _____________________________________________(print) give Kim Ritter the right to photograph and publish the work in promotion of the Peace Expedition. I understand my work will not be returned but will remain in the Peace Expedition Art Collection. The individual artists retain their copyrights to the individual works while Kim Ritter retains copyright for the collaborative art car called The Peace Expedition and the collections/collaborations that result in the combining of the individual art into scrapbooks, trunks and boxes and other ways of displaying the collections. I have read and agree to the guidelines listed in the call for submissions.

Signature Date

These little treasures will be displayed on and in the car and in trunks and other boxes.

Whenever the Peace Expedition is on display, people will be able to explore the art in the Steamer Trunk. The exhibition “Peace Offerings” or parts of the exhibition and collection may also be displayed at other events/exhibitions.

Because of the interactive nature of the exhibition, Ritter will not be able to return your work.
All work becomes part of the “Peace Expedition Art Collection”. Add it to your Collections category on your CV or resume.

The deadline for delivery of work is March 30th but I am accepting artwork now.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Brave New Films is collecting foreclosure stories.

Don't Divorce My Friends And Family

Monday, February 02, 2009

Institutionalized Hate

From the Sacramento Bee

Mormon church reveals deeper involvement in Proposition 8

By Shane Goldmacher

Sunday, Feb. 01, 2009

The Mormon church has revealed in a campaign filing that the church spent nearly $190,000 to help pass Proposition 8, the November ballot measure that banned gay marriage in California.

The disclosure comes amid an investigation by the state's campaign watchdog agency into whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints violated state laws by not fully disclosing its involvement during the campaign.

While many church members had donated directly to the Yes on 8 campaign – some estimates of Mormon giving range as high as $20 million – the church itself had previously reported little direct campaign activity.

But in the filing made Friday, the Mormon church reported thousands in travel expenses, such as airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals for the campaign. The church also reported $96,849.31 worth of "compensated staff time" – hours that church employees spent working to pass the same-sex marriage ban.

"As I read this report, it seems to raise more questions than it answers," said Fred Karger, who filed the initial complaint against the church with the Fair Political Practices Commission in November.

Karger, the founder of Californians Against Hate, a group that opposed the measure, said he believes the church was involved financially long before the first expenditure it listed in September.

"I think there is still a lot of missing parts of the report because we know they've been active since June," Karger said.

Mormon church officials could not be reached Saturday for comment.

Roman Porter, executive director of the FPPC, confirmed that the agency was investigating the complaint against the church but declined comment on specifics.

The Yes on 8 campaign filed its own expenditure reports over the weekend revealing that the main arm of the campaign spent more than $39.2 million. Total spending among the various proponents topped $41 million.

Opponents of the measure had not filed their disclosure statement as of Saturday. The deadline for year-end statements is midnight Monday.

The Mormon church's involvement in Proposition 8 touched off controversy both during and after the campaign.

Many gay marriage advocates saw the church and its membership's efforts as crucial to the passage of Proposition 8. The measure won with 52 percent of the vote, a margin of 600,000 votes.

Following the election, church leaders in the Sacramento region hired extra security to guard a Mormon temple in Folsom. Ten local church buildings were vandalized in the two weeks following the Nov. 4 vote.

Some individual Mormons were targeted for their support of Proposition 8, as well. Scott Eckern, an LDS member, resigned as artistic director of the California Musical Theatre in Sacramento in November after a $1,000 donation he made to the Yes on 8 campaign was made public. There were similar cases elsewhere in the state.

The Yes on 8 campaign petitioned a federal court to withhold disclosure of late donors, citing such harassment. But the judge ruled last week the donors must be disclosed.

"The court finds the state is not facilitating retaliation by compelling disclosure," U.S. District Judge Morrison England Jr. said in his decision Thursday.

Jeff Flint, a strategist for the Yes on 8 campaign, downplayed the latest financial filing that details the Mormon church's efforts to ban gay marriage.

"I don't think anybody beyond rabid opponents of Proposition 8 will consider it newsworthy to find out that leaders of the Mormon church spent time on the campaign," Flint said.

He noted that the church was both public and vocal about its support for the same-sex marriage ban.

Flint said the Mormon church's reported direct spending amounted to "half of 1 percent of all campaign expenditures."

All told, Proposition 8 was the most expensive ballot fight last November. It is considered the most expensive campaign over a social issue in history.

And it could all be repeated as early as next year, as some gay marriage advocates are pressing efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in a 2010 ballot campaign if court efforts to overturn Proposition 8 are unsuccessful.