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Obama ‘Hope’ Artist: Put Art Back In Schools
July 28, 2013
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Create Your Future (Image: © Shepard Fairey)

Graphic designer and street artist Shepard Fairey is well known for images like the OBEY logo and those iconic posters of Barack Obama from his 2008 election campaign.

Fairey's latest project is all about getting art back on the agenda in schools. He designed an original work, 'Create Your Future', for the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education. The work is currently appearing on buses and billboards across the city.

The LA Fund's #ArtsMatter campaign is intended to reimagine arts education in public schools by supporting more integration of the arts into the curriculum.

As Take Part reports, at the moment only two per cent of instructional time for elementary school kids in L.A. is devoted to the arts.

And funding has decreased in recent years: there's been a 76 per cent drop in funding for the arts in L.A. schools since 2007, Southern California Public Radio reports.

To raise awareness of the issue, the L.A. Fund commissioned a series of original works by different artists. Fairey's is the third piece in the series.

Fairey is passionate about visual art and its place in schools - and he's also a huge music fan.

He recently spoke to the ongoing documentary series Crate Diggers about the music that inspires him when he's working, what's in his record collection, and how he organizes things at his secret underground lair.

He also shares the story of the time Jello Biafra crashed on his couch and defaced one of his records:

If you're a record geek, you might want to sit down before watching the video, for a couple of reasons. One, it's a little long. And two, you might get weak in the knees with envy.

Fairey's collection is pretty big, and he's got some good stuff in there, from the Beastie Boys' first 12" single, 'She's On It b/w Slow & Low' (his review: "it's not very good") to his parents' Chuck Berry 45s, to Count Five's rare single 'Psychotic Reaction'.

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