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.
We created the Art Float for Social Change at Tam Makers, 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!
Our community art project was led by Fabrice Florin and Geo Monley, co-founders of Tam Makers, with the support of Good Earth Natural Foods, the Mill Valley Community Action Network (MVCAN) and Tamalpais High School, where we built it in spring 2018.
The Art Float was created by over a hundred community members of all ages and backgrounds — including makers, artists, activists, students, parents and staff. Contributing artists included Howard Rheingold and Pataphysical Studios, as well as winners of the Youth Poster Contest. Performers included the Freedom Singers, Emma Spike, Sheri Cooper and Clancy Bounds. This community project brought us closer together and we are grateful for everyone’s contributions!
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.
The Art Float was first unveiled on Earth Day and made its official debut at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade (where we received the ‘Best Community Spirit Award’) and the Fairfax Parade and at the Fourth of July Parade in Corte Madera. We and throughout California this fall, to encourage people to vote in the midterms election. Our traveling art show reaches out to youth and people of color through art, music, and technology.
To see it in action, visit our Art Float Photos and Videos page, with our favorite images from each event and development phase. For more photo coverage, visit our full albums for the Fairfax Parade, Memorial Day, Earth Day and Art Float Creation.
A group picture of the Art Float crew and its supporters at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Suz Lipman.
Thanks to all our friends, neighbors, partners and community members who made this project possible!
The Art Float was created by Fabrice Florin Geo Monley and over a hundred volunteers at Tam Makers, with the gracious support of Good Earth, the Mill Valley Community Action Network (MVCAN), Tamalpais High School and the Youth Poster Contest.
Kudos to our float construction crew, led by David Barr, Pierina Dell’Avo, Chris Krueger, James Long, Chris Scofield, Pam and Stan Weatherspoon, to name but a few — they all worked tirelessly, above and beyond the call of duty, to bring you this experience. Tip of the hat as well to Howard Rheingold for creating the colorful Quetzy dragon, along with Freddy Hahne, Jean Bolte, Phyllis Florin, Mark Petrakis and others at Pataphysical Studios.
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.
Many thanks to our talented performers Emma Spike, Sheri Cooper and Clancy Bounds, Reed Fromer, as well as Greg Brodbank, Wayne Lechner, Marilyn Price and all the Freedom Singers. We are also very grateful to our wonderful videographers Luis Costa, David Donnenfield, Bob Harlow, Tim Pozar, Kim Spencer and Marin Witherspoon, as well as our gracious photographers Dana Dworin, Vickisa Feinberg, Fabrice Florin, Suz Lipman, Howard Rheingold, Grace Severtson and Martha Ture.
Special thanks as well to our partners Jessica Hurtado at Good Earth, June Cooperman and Eileen Fisher at MVCAN and Bruce Burtch at the Youth Poster Contest. We are deeply grateful to our event team Carol Korenbrot and Marilyn Price — and to our ‘art float widows’ Phyllis Florin and Meryl Rubenstein — for keeping us all organized, happy and well fed. Last but not least, we wish to thank all our gracious parade organizers: Larry ‘The Hat’ Lautzker, Paul Moe and Erma Murphy (Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade), Cynthia Briggs (Fairfax Festival), Judy and all the nice folks at the Corte Madera Fourth of July Parade for hosting these important community events, year after year.
We really appreciate all your creativity, enthusiasm and generous support! We hope this community art project will inspire even more people to participate in democracy. We invite you all to vote, speak up and create a better world!
We hope to see you soon!
Co-founders/Teachers, Tam Makers
Team Leaders, Art Float for Social Change
Fourth of July Photos
The parade started by the Lark Theater in downtown Larkspur. Photo by Fabrice Florin.
Art Float co-creator Fabrice Florin invited thousands of spectators to vote and “Be the Change.” 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.
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 float construction team at Tam Makers. Photo by Dana Dworin.
See more pictures in our Fourth of July photo album.
Fairfax Parade Photos
Here are some photos of our 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.
Art Float Photos from Memorial Day
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.
Art Float creators Fabrice Florin and Geo Monley at the Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade. Photo by Martha Ture.
Art Float Photos from Earth Day
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.
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.
Photos of the 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.
ART FLOAT DESIGNS
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.