Art & Activism
Creative ways to get your voice heard.
"So My Daughter Won't Have To": Why Kelly Sue DeConnick Fights to Make Women Welcome in Comics
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Jan 29, 2014
- Kelly Sue DeConnick is a woman author working in the comic book industry, who's had successful titles in both mainstream and independent forms. In this Q&A, she talks about her feminism, creativity, and her love for old-school "exploitation" movies.
Growing Concern Over Japan's Dolphin Hunt Leads to Widespread Outcry
by Andy Butterposted Jan 29, 2014
- The dolphin massacre depicted in the Oscar-winning film The Cove took place again this year. But the reaction to it shows a changing public mindset toward the rights of sea mammals.
Photo Essay: Pete Seeger's Life on the Hudson
by Sarah van Gelderposted Jan 28, 2014
- In December 2007, YES! editor-in-chief Sarah van Gelder interviewed Pete Seeger in his home in Beacon, New York. Seeger showed Sarah his family photo albums, his DIY solar-powered car, and, of course, a whole wall filled with banjos.
"We Shall Overcome": Democracy Now! Remembers Folk Icon Pete Seeger
posted Jan 28, 2014
- Folksinger and lifelong activist Pete Seeger passed away on Jan. 27. He was a constant presence in the labor and antiwar movements, and an innovator in the use of music to create solidarity and social change. In this video, Democracy Now! commemorates Seeger's life and work.
Beyond Classic Disney: 5 Great Animated Kids' Films Without the Racial Stereotypes
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Jan 10, 2014
- Many of the Disney classics contain outdated images of racial and gender groups. Luckily, recent animated masterpieces provide alternatives without sacrificing anything in the way of imagination.
This Guy Turned a 2,000-Page Report on Climate Change into 19 Stunning Haikus
by Anna Faheyposted Dec 20, 2013
- By stripping a technical report of its jargon and unfathomably large numbers, Gregory C. Johnson's haikus offer an arresting and informative entry point into climate science.
Less Stuff, More Heart: 5 Gifts On a New Dad’s Christmas List
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Dec 13, 2013
- This is my first Christmas as a father. Since my baby has never known holiday commercialism, it's made me re-examine what I really want to ask for this year.
StoryCorps: On Black Friday, Don’t Shop For Loved Ones—Listen to Them
by Natalie Lubsenposted Nov 28, 2013
- Finish out the holiday week by taking a few minutes to record the story of someone you love. We guarantee it will mean more to you than shopping.
The Hunger Games Are Real: Teenage Fans Remind the World What Katniss Is Really Fighting For
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Nov 22, 2013
- What if we used fantasy not as an escape from our world, but an invitation to look deeper into it? How teenage fans are fighting injustice—in real life.
"Beauty Feeds a Different Kind of Hunger": An Interview with Terry Tempest Williams
by Devon Fredericksenposted Nov 21, 2013
- "I used to ask the question, 'Am I an activist or a writer?' I don't ask that anymore. I am simply a human being engaged."
Art for the Sky
posted Nov 18, 2013
- Daniel Dancer's Art For the Sky is a unique, team building activity for schools and special events that helps dissolve boundaries that often exist in our daily lives. These enchanting creations are a whole-body way of stimulating our imagination to see the elusive "big picture" and help us understand our interconnection with one another and all life.
Why Is It So Hard to Find Films Where Women Actually Talk to Each Other? How Sweden’s Making It Easier
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Nov 08, 2013
- Four Stockholm cinemas are adopting a system that rates films on how deeply their female characters are developed—and how much they interact. It could radically change the way we see movies.
Meet the Comic Book Artist Fighting Back Against Rape Culture
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Nov 01, 2013
- Comics artist Tess Fowler has a second great talent—communicating about misogyny through social media. Warning: This article contains accounts of sexual assault and may be triggering to some people.
"A New Kind of Self-Awareness": Film Explores Implications of Seeing Earth from Space
by YES! online teamposted Oct 25, 2013
- How has the experience of seeing our planet from outer space changed the way we think about it?
10 Films to Inspire Your Inner Environmental Superhero
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Oct 25, 2013
- Movies have long helped us understand what it means to live on earth and contribute to an ecologically sustainable planet. Here are ten of our favorites.