06.19.10 6:26 PM ET
Art of the Oil Spill
In the midst of one of the worst corporate PR crises in history, BP is continuing its sponsorship of iconic U.K. art institutions, including the British Museum, Tate Britain, and London’s National Portrait Gallery.
In the Gulf Coast, though, local artists are far from grateful. "We all are terrified, upset, anxious, and damn mad about what has transpired,” said Jonathan Ferrara, founder of Gulf Aid Art. “We have to use our creativity to speak up, comment, criticize and make our voices heard,”
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Inspired by the New Orleans musical community’s recent Gulf Aid concert featuring Lenny Kravitz and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, visual artists are banding together to offer their own creative talents in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
For the project, artists created limited edition 10-series prints responding to the oil spill. The work will be sold both in Ferrara’s New Orleans gallery and online, and in an effort to make the art accessible to the general public and raise as much money as possible, prices will range from $100 to $500, with the potential to raise $80,000 for relief efforts.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Gulf Aid. The group’s mission is to provide relief to fishers and their families, and to address the long-term challenge of restoring and protecting America's coastal wetlands. For more information on how to purchase the prints and to support Gulf Aid, click here.
Ronnie Cho is The Daily Beast’s community editor. Previously Ronnie worked on the Barack Obama campaign and for the administration in Washington, D.C. He now lives in New York.