365 Days of Voters

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  365 Days of Voters is a visual diary of voters and future voters I drew from April 2019 through November 2020. This project is sponsored by the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission, by the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, with initial project support from Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RRCC).

365 Days of Voters began as a project I developed when I was Creative Strategist/Artist-in-Residence (CS/AIR) for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RRCC). The CS/AIR program embeds artists in County Departments to develop, strategize, promote, and implement artist-driven solutions to civic issues. My job with RRCC was to use art in outreach to voters across LA County, the largest and most diverse electoral district in the United States. My projects were supported through a partnership between RRCC and Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture under the LA County’s Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative

I drew people I met at RRCC community events, and at across the County at college homecomings, the LA Zoo, the LA Times Book Fair, RuPaul’s DragCon, Compton Pride, Homeless Connect and LA Free the Vote resource fairs. I went to high schools with RRCC and the CA Secretary of State to pre-register 16 and 17 year-olds. Every month, we went to the Immigration and Naturalization Ceremony at LA Convention Center to register thousands brand new US Citizens. I drew voters from across 4000 square miles of LA County, with a particular focus on including people from historically underrepresented communities, and we posted the drawings on RRCC Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Soon after the California Primary election (March 3, 2020), we were placed under Stay at home orders and the Covid19 pandemic severely restricted in person voter outreach. I took over hosting the project on Instagram @365daysofvoters, and transitioned outreach to an online form, designed by Ian Evenstar, where participants could upload headshots and stories. The project spread through peer-to-peer messaging, and expanded to include voters from across the United States. The project concluded when polls finally closed on November 3, 2020, ending an election period that saw record breaking voter turnout.