Human Rights Campaign and Greater Jackson Art Council Partner on #ArtofVoting Project to Encourage Residents To Vote

by HRC Staff

Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary

Human Rights Campaign and the Greater Jackson Arts Council shared the #ArtofVoting project, an effort to encourage voter participation in Jackson.

The Human Rights Campaign is happy to partner with the Greater Jackson Arts Council to marry art and advocacy and encourage voter participation through the #ArtofVoting project. We are grateful to the Greater Jackson Arts Council for funding this important endeavor and artist Eli Childers for his leadership and vision. We know that these artists’ works will have a positive impact on voter turnout in Mississippi and beyond.

Rob Hill, HRC Mississippi State Director

Encouraging and reminding citizens to vote is such an important issue, and combining it with public art makes it a celebration. No matter how divisive situations can be, artists have a unique way of neutralizing them and bringing people together to appreciate what is beautiful and good.

Jon Salem, Greater Jackson Arts Council Assistant Director

The #ArtofVotings project was produced by local Jackson-based artists: Eli Childers, Sabrina Howard, Chris Mitchell, Shon Perryman, Azha Sanders and Margaret Sullivan.

The six murals can be found at these locations:

  • Alcorn State University (1000 ASU Dr, Lorman, MS 39096)
  • Mississippi Arts Center (201 E Pascagoula St, Jackson, MS 39201)
  • Jackson State University (1400 John R. Lynch St, Jackson, MS 39217)
  • Jackson Medical Mall (350 W Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson, MS 39213)
  • Methodist Rehabilitation Center (1350 E Woodrow Wilson Ave, Jackson, MS 39216)
  • Tougaloo College (500 County Line Rd, Tougaloo, MS 39174)

In 2020, HRC’s engagement and mobilization efforts have deepened, including engaging with nearly 2000 Equality Voters across Mississippi. HRC volunteers and staff have engaged in a number of GOTV efforts, including calling over 3,000 Mississippi voters and texting over 10,000 voters to encourage them to get out and vote. HRC has also hosted four virtual town halls and statewide audiences from June to October to educate voters in Mississippi.

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