This Saturday, January 21, one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States, another major event will take place in the nation's capital. As many as 200,000 peaceful protesters are expected to come together for the Women's March on Washington.
According to the event's mission statement, "The Women's March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us."
With the march fast approaching, many supporters have been flexing their creative muscles in preparation. There was recently an open call for artwork to illustrate posters for the march. The Amplifier Foundation received 5,000 submissions from women and non-binary individuals across the U.S., and it narrowed it down to five designs, one of which is below. The posters will be available free of charge to participants.
Art has also been bringing people together before the march even takes place. This past weekend, hundreds gathered in Los Angeles for an art-making party, where they painted signs expressing the messages they wish to share while marching.
As event organizer Christina Pacheco told LAist, "The voice of the artist is critical right now more than ever. We need a creative and cultural resistance to emerge that amplifies the values of solidarity, justice, inclusion, and equity."
Many have also shared artwork inspired by the event on social media using the hashtag #WMWArt. The pieces that have been posted represent various artistic mediums and diverse issues, but they all share a common theme of equality and empowerment.
Check out some inspiring examples below: