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Elephant Art Gallery Re-Defines Traditional “Trunk Show”

In the city of New York, there is no such thing as a wrong turn. As I was walking down the street, looking for an address, I stumbled upon an Elephant Art Gallery, located at 566 Lorimer St. Since I can remember, I’ve had a deep appreciation for elephants because of the wisdom and kindness […]

The Pitch: The Last American Indian on Earth

  This post is part of “The Pitch” series, which follows up with socially conscious creatives who submitted to the inaugural Benevolent Media Pitch Night competition in November 2012. At the event, held in Washington, D.C., 13 different projects and organizations presented 3-minute proposals on how to use storytelling and design for social good, for a chance to win […]

The Pitch: Guardians of the City

This post is part of “The Pitch” series, which follows up with socially conscious creatives who submitted to the inaugural Benevolent Media Pitch Night competition in November 2012. At the event, held in Washington, D.C., 13 different projects and organizations presented 3-minute proposals on how to use storytelling and design for social good, for a […]

With Love and Light: The Story Behind “New York Loves Boston”

As law enforcement officials intensify their investigation into Monday’s bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, activist-artist Grayson Earle recounts a creative response to the tragedy. 3:44 PM Alexander: um 3:45 PM a bomb just exploded at the boston marathon me: what?? The news hit me in that familiar way. I was in […]

Meet the Artist: Heidi Phelps on Wayward Women

  Self-proclaimed “femme-forward” artist Heidi Phelps is getting ready for her first solo show. Her female-focused fine art screen prints will be on display at Tryst, a popular D.C. coffeehouse, throughout the month of April, with an opening night party and special performance by musician Wytold on Thursday, April 4. She said she hopes the exhibit inspires audiences “to consider how […]

For Valentine’s Day, D.C. Artists Reflect on Love

For our February community event, we’re hosting The Loving Market to support local nonprofits in Washington, D.C. dedicated to love-themed causes. It includes an online auction, pop-up shop (with a scheduled panel discussion and craft-making activity), art exhibit and evening reception, all to benefit Becky’s Fund and Break the Cycle, which both advocate for freedom from domestic violence, and […]

Telling the Story of Jyoti Singh Pandey

Her name is Jyoti Singh Pandey. The 23-year-old female medical student was brutally raped by six men on a private bus on her way back from watching a movie in New Delhi on December 16. She died from her injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. The crime has sent India and the world […]

“Let’s Color Project” Making the World Better One Shade at a Time

This post is made possible thanks to the Taiwan Youth Travel campaign, sponsored by the National Youth Commission in Taiwan. Founder and Editor-in-Chief Erica Schlaikjer was chosen as a Taiwan Trek Ambassador to document street art and urban vibrancy in Taiwan cities. Around the world, artists are literally painting the town red—and a rainbow of […]

Q&A with Gregg Deal: Humor, Irony and Street Art

  Early in his career, artist Gregg Deal was asked, “Can you make your work more Indian?” As a card-carrying member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, he said he considers himself “a Native artist with a Native voice,” but the comment caused him to take a step back and re-examine his work. He now […]

Art, Booze and Media: The Sustainability of Craft Beers

This article is part of our coverage of the 2012 Net Impact Conference in Baltimore. It originally appeared on Triple Pundit. At the Net Impact conference in Baltimore, craft brewmakers discussed how their industry is taking leadership on sustainability and community development, in a panel discussion on Cases and Beer: The Sustainability-Focused, Community-Involved Brewery. One of […]

Call for Submissions: The Geometry Box Project for Malala Yousafzai

Heidi Phelps, the founder of Wayward Broad Studio, created a participatory art project to make a collective statement about how women have the right to education and free expression. The project was created in response to the shooting of a young Pakistani girl, who is now in critical condition for “promoting secularism.” Phelps is now […]

Q&A with Michael Owen: Spreading the Love in Baltimore

  What do an office building, plumbing store and yoga studio have in common? They all proudly support the Baltimore Love Project, a series of 20 identical black-and-white murals spaced evenly throughout the city of Baltimore, depicting a silouette of hands spelling out the word “LOVE.” Local artist Michael Owen does almost all of the actual painting […]

Q&A with Liz Belfer and Lea Faminiano: Designing Superheroes for Cities

  A youth development program located in New York City, Guardians of the City, encourages schoolchildren to become involved in their community by combining social issues with public art. The goal of the project is “to empower children to take ownership of their community and raise awareness for positive change.” (Check out our previous post about the program here.) […]

Eco Art + Design Depot: Celebrating “Creative Reuse” on Earth Day

  In celebration of Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, 2012, Benevolent Media and SCRAP DC presented an afternoon of eco-conscious art and design, featuring a pop-up marketplace of local vendors and interactive workshops led by teaching artists dedicated to inspiring “creative reuse” and environmentally sustainable behavior. This event was scheduled as part of The Water Street Project, a multidisciplinary […]

Guardians of the City: Kid-Powered Street Art for Good

  It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a Guardian of the City! A public art project in New York City calls on schoolchildren to design imaginary superheroes to “protect” their communities. The project was created as part of a thesis project by two MFA students, Liz Belfer and Lea Faminiano, at Parsons The New School for […]

Capital Canvases for a Cause: “Dream Windows” for Loving Me Girls’ Conference

  Capital Canvases for a Cause is a monthly event in Washington, D.C., organized by Long & Foster on Capitol Hill, that supports local artists and community-based organizations with wine, hors d’oeuvres and networking. Art sales are split evenly between the featured artists and the nonprofit. The monthly “Capital Canvases” event, held on Friday, February […]