Art of the Protest: Using Salvaged Materials to Speak Out!

Have you heard about the Art of the Protest workshop series? Mural Arts Philadelphia in partnership with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts  has been co leading a series of panels and workshops with Signs of Solidairty encouraging people to make powerful and creative statements that ignite social change through support of local, national, and global causes. This event series challenges artists and non-artists alike to explore how artistic expression can activate a movement.

We’re thrilled that Mural Arts asked us to be a part of this awesome series of workshops! The Resource Exchange provided a TON of the sign making materials that participants have been using to  make their own signs during the workshops.

We were able to attend to the last sign making workshop, where many of the participants were making signs to be used at Philly’s March for Science.

This “Science not Silence” banner, for instance, was painted by area scientists on vinyl that The Resource Exchange reclaimed from the set of a television commercial shot locally. Above photo featured in’s article about the march, photo by Ed Hille. Here they are painting it at the last Art of the Protest event!

Here’s a couple people using signs we saved from the Democratic National Convention:


…and more signs made with reclaimed fabric pieces, and parts from local theatre sets (like this ribbon piece saved from the set of a Walnut Street Theatre production, that now says “Beauty is Messy.”


The third “Art of the Protest” workshop, co-led by Signs Of Solidarity featured artist Alloyius McIlwaine, is TOMORROW, Monday, May 1st from 6-8! RSVP here!