Just a few weeks before election day in 2023, local artists spoke out at the Art of Politics show in Indianapolis. The one-night exhibition of contemporary posters, hosted by Timber Design Company, addressed hot button issues – like the climate crisis, religious freedom, women’s rights, gay rights, gun control, and Black Lives Matter.
Every poster served a different cause, including groups such as ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The National Wildlife Federation, Unite Against Book Bans, and others. The posters were purchasable through an online auction with 100% of proceeds supporting a non-profit organization of the artist’s choice.
In order to support the artists’ causes of choice, Lars Lawson of Timber Design needed a printing partner to keep costs low – without compromising quality. That’s where Tactive came in, putting our large format printers to use for the third annual poster show.
Tactive brought the poster artists’ designs to (real) life by printing each of the posters on high-quality stock with a low-glare satin finish. And because we’re not just in it for the paper, the posters were free to the event organizers as an in-kind donation, so all auction income could be donated to the artists’ chosen organizations.
“As an artist and designer, it’s a significant way for me personally to contribute to a greater cause. It feels like a more important one than what I get to experience through my daily work,” said Lars Lawson of Timber Design Co. “There’s great power in creative design and expression.”
Talk about powerful: the 33 artists featured in this year’s Art of Politics show together raised nearly three thousand dollars for their organizations – an event record of $2,903 – proving that every project is more than a simple print job when you work with a partner that’s more than a print company.