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October 14, 2016

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Blue Heart Manifesto

October 14, 2016

 

 

Blue Heart helps people meaningfully engage with pressing social issues through art and stories and funds local, grassroots organizations that make a difference.

 

We know that many people feel overwhelmed and disconnected from the social and environmental problems like climate change and racial inequality that crowd their media feeds. They are hungry for ways to take action and connect with the issues that shape their communities. We believe that cultural change precipitates political change and, thus, community-based actions that engage our hearts and minds are the seeds that spawn the cultural tipping points that make our communities more just and equitable.

 

Blue Heart reawakens the social imagination through commissioning movement-building art; funds organizations on the front lines of fighting systemic injustice; and brings the stories of grassroots change into the homes, hands, and hearts of as many people as we can.

 

To fuel the transition towards a just, healthy, and resilient society, we must change the relationships that comprise our culture. We seek to shift:

 

> Our relationship to ourselves — to claim our power and ability to affect change on the problems that exist around us;

> Our relationships with each other — to build compassion for, understanding of, and solidarity with people different from ourselves;

> Our relationship with the planet and her resources — to catalyze a path towards regeneration and a just distribution of wealth.

 

We see an opportunity to spur creativity, compassion, and action towards ecological and social justice. It involves linking three sometimes disparate communities: people in community-based organizations, folks working as urban professionals, and movement-building artists.

 

Community-based organizations: Small, grassroots organizations build the political power of marginalized communities across the United States. We’ve seen these organizations emerge on the front lines of disaster response, in the aftermath of police brutality, and for the preservation of public spaces to empower voices who are systematically marginalized in political discourse. They’re among the most critical actors in the social ecosystem of movement building, yet they often go unfunded or unseen because they lack the funding, evaluation, or public relations capacity to amplify their efforts.

 

Urban professionals: We live in a time of scary and overwhelming global problems. The fear and despair that accompanies news about climate change, police brutality, and the failure of immigration reform can be immobilizing even for those with the resources