Artist In Residence Program

EveryLibrary Brings Political and Editorial Cartooning to Libraries
Meet 2017 Artist in Residence Kevin Moore

“Libraries have long faced challenges in securing funding, serving diverse constituents, and keeping current with rapid technological changes. This year poses a more serious threat to the support of libraries because the patrons and students they serve are being made vulnerable by drastic changes in immigration policy and economic disparity. Yet librarians are rising to these challenges and pushing back. With my Artist in Residency I hope to provide amusing and inspiring cartoons that can help library supporters highlight the different ways libraries provide value to their communities. My work will reflect the values that librarians stand for: freedom of information, diversity of access and the rights of citizens to inform themselves, make up their own minds, and contribute to debates on issues vital to our society and to our nation. These cartoons will be shareable, meme-friendly, and humorous. I hope to contribute to the efforts of EveryLibrary and anyone who loves libraries.”

Political and editorial cartooning is one of the oldest forms of political expression in America. Libraries and political cartoons share a common American ancestor in Benjamin Franklin. Around the same time he set up the Library Company in Philadelphia, his newspaper was printing the “Join or Die” cartoons calling for American self-determination. There is a long and important interaction between the arts and politics. We want to purposely bring this tradition to the discussion of library funding and library ballot measures across the country.

EveryLibrary is proud to welcome Kevin Moore as our 2017 Artist in Residence. As a noted editorial cartoonist and a working librarian, Mr. Moore will bring a unique and timely perspective to the political climate for libraries through new creative work. This Residency begins September 4th, 2017 and will run through November 7th, the traditional “Labor Day to Election Day” period when political and issue campaigns are in the minds of voters across the country. Mr. Moore will produce a series of weekly editorial cartoons focused on library-related issues and themes which will be released by EveryLibrary for use copyright free by libraries across social media and outreach channels. His Residency will be capped-off by an interactive collaboration across EveryLibrary’s extensive network of library activists and advocates.

You can follow Kevin Moore’s Residency work on EveryLibrary’s AIR Page and you can participate through our Facebook and Twitter feed.

———————————-

To learn about 2015 Artist In Residence Steve Kemple and view the performances, please visit the AIR Archive Page.