The Art Float for Social Change performs in front of the judges at the Fairfax Parade. Photo by Dana Dworin.
Here are photos and videos of our Art Float for Social Change , which we created to engage more people to participate in democracy. This unique parade float features Mother Earth and a circle of waving hands, pulled by a colorful dragon. They invite you to vote, speak up and create a better world!
The Art Float was built at Tam Makers in spring 2018 by over a hundred community members of all ages, led by Fabrice Florin and Geo Monley, with the support of Good Earth Natural Foods, the Mill Valley Community Action Network (MVCAN) and Tamalpais High School. Our community art project reaches out to youth and people of color through art, music, and technology.
Contributing artists include Howard Rheingold and Pataphysical Studios, as well as winners of the Youth Poster Contest. Performers include the Freedom Singers, Emma Spike, Sheri Cooper and Clancy Bounds. Dozens of makers and students constructed the float in the Tam High wood shop. This community project brought us all closer together and we are grateful for everyone’s contributions!
We presented the Art Float at these public events in 2018:
Here is the Art Float in action in this video of Memorial Day:
As shown in this video, the Art Float for Social Change inspired thousands of spectators at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade, where it won the ‘Best Community Spirit Award’. Performers included Emma Spike and the Freedom Singers. Video by Luis Costa, Fabrice Florin and Marin Weatherspoon.
More videos coming soon.
Here are our Art Float photos for recent activities, in reverse chronological order.
Fourth of July
The parade started by the Lark Theater in downtown Larkspur. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
Art Float co-creator Fabrice Florin invited the audience to “Be the Change.” Photo by Dana Dworin.
Young artist Emma Spike and The Freedom Singers invited folks to sing along old classics like “Down by the River”. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
Thousands of spectators lined the streets of downtown Larkspur and Corte Madera. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
Our parade cast and crew for the day: Gary Appell, Ruthanne Ranz Appell, Greg Brockbank, Dana Dworin, Wayne Lechner, Teresa Marquez, Geo Monley, Tim Pozar, Marilyn Price, Grace Severtson and Emma Spike. Photo by Dana Dworin.
This kid was particularly impressed by the Art Float and performed a wiggle dance for us. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
Art Float co-creator Geo Monley drove the dragon car and led our team at Tam Makers. Photo by Dana Dworin.
Folks cheered us, sang along with us, and engaged in “call-and-responses” about social change, all along the 2.6 mile parade route. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
We all had a wonderful time spreading our message of love, peace and social change through art and music. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
See more pictures in our Fourth of July photo album.
Here are our favorite photos of the Art Float at the Fairfax Parade on June 9. You can see more pictures in our Fairfax Parade album.
Singers Sheri Cooper and Clancy Bounds perform songs for a better world on the Art Float, while Geo Monley waves at our enthusiastic audience. A news ticker displays ideas for social change, such as the reminder that “No Human is Illegal’. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
Singers Sheri Cooper and Clancy Bounds perform songs for a better world on the Art Float, while audience members take photos and a news ticker displays ideas for social change, such as the reminder to “Open Your Heart, Open Your Mind’. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
The Art Float for Social Change at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade, with a sing-along led by the Freedom Singers. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
A group picture of the Art Float crew and its supporters at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Suz Lipman.
Art Float creators Fabrice Florin and Geo Monley at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Martha Ture.
The Art Float for Social Change approaches the judges at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade, where it won the ‘Best Community Spirit Award’. Photo by Dana Dworin.
An early version of the Art Float was unveiled on Earth Day at Tam High School, to inspire more people to participate in democracy. Photo by Howard Rheingold.
Art Float creators Geo Monley show off their unique parade float, with a large globe spinning over a circle of hands and a carousel of art, while performer Kayla Campbell sings about youth in action. Photo by Tim Pozar.
The Art Float features the colorful dragon Quetzy, created by Howard Rheingold and inspired by the Aztec god of wisdom, Quetzalcoatl. Photo by Martha Ture.
Young artist Emma Spike sings her original composition, ‘Custodians’ to invite people to take action to protect the environment, standing on the Art Float’s podium on Earth Day. Photo by Jenny Tomkins.
Young activist Mimi Lawrence speaks up about her climate change on the Art Float’s podium, which was created to help people share their ideas for a better world. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
A young artist shows off her painting for the Art Float’s art carousel, which also features original creations by the winners of the Youth Poster Contest. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
Musician Reed Fromer sings about climate change next to the Art Float, which was created to help people share their ideas for a better world. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
Art Float Creation
Here are some recent photos of the making of the Art Float. You can see more pictures in our photo album on Flickr.
Here are our final designs, which we used to visualize what were creating together, and guide our construction phase.
Our art float celebrates mother earth with a carousel of waving hands, pulled by a giant feathered serpent. Performers will tell stories of hope on a stage decorated with scenes of a better world. Large signs will invite people to speak up and vote! You can pitch ideas for social change on the podium, or on the news ticker.
See our slides for more designs.