Forward Union Presents Third Annual Fair Connecting Social Justice Organizations with Creative Communities

Forward Union ​and ​Red Bull Arts New York are pleased to announce the third annual ​Forward Union Fair​, which will take place ​September 29-30 from 12pm to 6pm at Red Bull Arts New York. The annual social action fair is a coalition-building initiative, connecting social justice organizations with artists and creative communities. Participants in this year’s fair will unite in their dedication to informed civic engagement and voter participation, and will additionally explore such themes as immigration, gun control, and healthcare through art installations and public programs.

The partnership will increase visibility for participating organizations and the causes they represent, and provide the fair with a multi-use arts space already outfitted for presenting contemporary art and public programming. ​“We are thrilled to partner with Red Bull Arts New York in order to expand our audience and reach,” said ​Holly Shen​, ​Co-Founder of Forward Union​. “Thanks to Red Bull Arts New York’s influence in the contemporary art world and commitment to experimental programming and ideas, our partnership will increase the impact of Forward Union Fair and will help us amplify the work of the featured organizations fighting to support a range of activist causes.”

Spread across both floors of Red Bull Arts New York’s dynamic space, the art installations featured at Forward Union Fair will elucidate and provoke dialogue around timely social and political issues.

Featured artists in this fall’s fair include:
Jesus Benavente, Mel Chin, Lizania Cruz, Dominique Duroseau, Joiri Minaya, Azikiwe Mohammed, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Aram Han Sifuentes, Rosary Solimanto, and Nichole Van Beek. “We are committed to supporting artists whose practices tackle complex subject matter with rigor and poignant critique, and we are thrilled to be working with a number of returning artists like Benavente and Rasheed, who also consider themselves activists. Our goal is to strengthen existing relationships with artists in the Forward Union community, while also bringing fresh new voices to the fair,” says Jennie Lamensdorf, another Forward Union co-founder.

National and local participating organizations include:

Artistic Freedom Initiative
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund
Campaign for NY Health
The Creative Resistance
Downtown for Democracy
Eleanor’s Legacy
Generator Collective
Get Organized BK
International Rescue Committee
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
Make the Road NY
National Women’s Liberation NYC Democratic Socialists OnStack
OutSmart NYC
Sister District Project (Brooklyn & NY 12-13-14) Sunrise Movement
SwingLeft presents The Last Weekend
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
We Make America
Zero Hour

For the Public Programs schedule click HERE.

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Forward Union Fair 2018 at Red Bull Arts New York

Aram Han Sifuentes,​ Protest Banner Lending Library.​ Photo Credit: ​eedahahm

Forward Union Fair 2018