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In the TED talk below, JR answers his own question… Could art change the world? I’ve watched this 24-minute video so many times, and I continue to find myself more and more inspired. I’m always left speechless. This video sends the message to be fearless with your art. JR was, and look at how many people he brought together in this world…


“I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”

JR received the TED Prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California on March 2, 2011. Along with his prize title was $1 million to help spark global change through his new campaign called “Inside Out.” The purpose of this campaign is to give the world the opportunity to share their own portraits and show what they stand for.

Each “Inside Out” project is documented and exhibited online. With over 200,000 people participating in 112 different regions, we compiled a list of some of the most interesting projects below:

inside out 11

“Inside Out 11M” formed in the summer of 2013 and 20 cities in the United States participated. This specific project represents the 11 million undocumented  immigrants and immigrant descendants who are currently living in the United States. Its main purpose is to bring attention and awareness to immigration, which is now one of the big topics in our 2016 presidential election.

tanzania education

“The Important of Education in Kilimanjaro” project depicts the essential need for education equality. 24 portraits traveled from France to Tanzania to illustrate that all students are equal regardless of their boundaries or origin. This project is centered around promoting the youth to continue their education and influencing adults to support and further education efforts.

not a bug splat

One interesting project is called “Not A Bug Splat” and dealt with the issue of civilian casualties because of missile strikes in Pakistan. The drone operators call their targets “bug splats” because the screen shows low-res, dehumanized green dots instead of people. With over 3,000 Pakistanis killed from drone strikes, 160 of them were children. Their “Inside Out”  project created huge pictures of the children who lived in the targeted areas and they pasted them on the ground. This would help the operators see that they would be killing a child instead of the high-profile targets that they were searching for.

Do you know any artists who could change the world?

Photo Credit: 11M, Kilimanjaro, Bug Splat


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Drew Allen

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