MUSIC NEWS: Rock Against Racism and Punk Rock & Paintbrushes Unite To Share Vital Anti-Racist Message Using Art

Punk Rock & Paintbrushes is teaming up with Rock Against Racism, promoting unity and social justice with art as their tool. One exhibit took place at Welcome To Rockville in Florida last weekend, with the second set to take place at Download Festival next month. 

Showcasing not only art and photography, these very special exhibits will also be debuting a project that started in 2021 with a variety of musicians who have designed and created art with important messages. These messages range from “Embrace Difference” by Josh Freese of DEVO, Sting, “Music Disrupting Racism Here” by Matt Hensley of Flogging Molly, “Liberation over Oppression” by Jay Weinberg of Slipknot, “Equity Inclusion Justice” by Studio Number One as well as art from Carla Harvey of the Butcher Babies, Mike Gallo of Agnostic Front, Jennie Cotterill of Bad Cop Bad Cop, Dan Smith of Sharp Shock and visual artist Ryan Callisto

At both festivals there will be art auction created by musicians and artists supporting the Rock Against Racism cause and promoting this vital and important conversation with all. Artists have painted on TUK footwear in Florida ranging from members of MinistrySlipknotAlexisonfireBones UK and more. At Download Festival, artists and musicians have painted on drum heads for the Rock Against Racism art auction.

“We are honoured to be collaborating with Rock Against Racism to share hope and such an important message for all to hear and be reminded of. We are here to leave a mark in this world and to make a positive difference and partnering with Rock Against Racism allows us to do this,” says Emily Nielsen of Punk Rock & Paintbrushes.

“Rock Against Racism is sharing an important social justice message of anti-racism and unity through music. Our values, morals, passion for the arts and education align perfectly with those of Punk Rock & Paintbrushes and the incredible artists they work with. We appreciate Welcome to Rockville, Download Festival and the great people behind those festivals allowing us to share our important message at their events. Music and art have the power to bring people together, embrace change and question status quo,” adds Cory Brennan of Rock Against Racism.

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