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 here and you can participate through our Facebook and Twitter feed.


Week 1 – September 5, 2017

“Declaration of Library Values”

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“This is the first of the Artist-in-Residency series of cartoons I am doing for EveryLibrary, so I wanted it to be a kind of declaration of values about libraries, in both senses of the word. That is, I wanted to portray the value of libraries to their communities along with the values that libraries hold in serving their communities. I wanted to show how abstract concepts like “intellectual freedom” and “access to information” translate into services that people use and often cite as reasons for supporting their local library. The humor is light, a little satirical, but should give a sense of how I will handle topics like this. Enjoy!” – Kevin Moore

Find this cartoon in a highly shareable way on EveryLibrary’s Medium Magazine, too.


Week 2 – September 12, 2017

“The Voice of the Market”

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“Earlier this year Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, submitted the budget proposal for the coming year to Congress. Among many huge cuts to programs for education, arts and humanities, and scientific research was the elimination of $231 Million from the Institute of Museums and Libraries. The IMLS provides vital services to libraries across the country, including Interlibrary Loan, which allows libraries to share resources and expand information access to their patrons. This cartoons aims to mock the attitude that trivializes the need people have for information, especially in our age of isolated information bubbles. And beyond that, to encourage you to contact your Congressperson and urge them to support the IMLS.” – Kevin Moore

Find this cartoon in a highly shareable way on EveryLibrary’s Medium Magazine, too.


Week 3 – September 19, 2017

“Fake News”

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“Everyone is talking about “fake news” these days — especially the people most responsible for it! But what is it really? Is this really a new phenomenon? Nope. It’s the same old disinformation, misinformation, and plain ridiculous information that gets passed around by malevolent and/or ignorant forces. (They’re not always easy to distinguish, these forces.) The only way to fight it is with educating ourselves. Thankfully our libraries are full of great sources on information on a wide variety of subjects!”

Find this cartoon in a highly shareable way on EveryLibrary’s Medium Magazine, too.


Week 4 – September 26, 2017

 

 

 

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