Street artist Shepard Fairey, made famous by his "Hope" poster for President Barack Obama, is tapping LA students for inspiration.
He's the third artist to agree to create designs for the "Arts Matter" public awareness campaign by the LA Fund for Public Education, according to the LA Unified School District. But he's the first to ask LAUSD students to send him ideas.
“Imagine your life without limits. What would you create?” That's the question Fairey is posing to LA children, LA Fund explains. He will then create visuals to go along with at least one of their answers.
"It’s more a point of departure to get inspiration bouncing around," Fairey told the Los Angeles Times. "It might end up that there is one phrase verbatim that’s good to go, but it’s certainly not about saying George or Jose or Linda came up with this thing and announcing a winner... maybe it’s a mutation that works -- I just want to find a verbal-visual pairing that’s powerful.”
Students have until April 26 to submit their answers. Ideas can be submitted by Twitter (#ArtsMatter to @LAFund); Facebook (facebook.com/lafund); or mail (The L.A. Fund for Public Education, Attn. Arts Matter, 10250 Constellation Blvd., Suite 230, Los Angeles, CA 90067).
The final artwork will be displayed on LA Metro buses and billboards throughout July.