Power to the Poster
Meet Ashley Lukashevsky, the bold designer at the center of the street campaign

 
 

Girl Rising has partnered with the International Rescue Committee, Citi, HP and Amplifier to create a film and campaign around the story of one brave young woman named Nasro. Brave Girl Rising, to be released this March on International Women’s Day, is written by the poet laureate Warsan Shire and narrated by actress Tessa Thompson (Selma, Creed, Thor and the upcoming Men in Black International). In our previous blog posts, we explored the refugee crisis, introduced you to Warsan Shire and Girl Rising, and talked about the power of catalytic content. Today’s blog introduces you to our newest partner, Amplifier, and the artist who will create an iconic design to anchor the campaign.

 
 
 
Amplifier fuels social movements but at their very core, they essentially spread beauty in the world. And that act alone is something all of us at Girl Rising deeply appreciate. For beauty inspires, and inspiration changes hearts and minds.
— Martha Adams, Chief Creative Officer of Girl Rising
 
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To build energy and excitement for the release of Brave Girl Rising, Girl Rising has teamed up with Amplifier, the same group behind the iconic We The People campaign and countless other inspiring images for social causes.

Amplifier is a design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times. They design and distribute art that engages people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and sustainable future. Since 2015, they’ve worked with over 300 renowned artists, distributed over a million pieces of art and sent free artwork to hundreds of thousands of students across the United States.

 
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Amplifier suggested Ashley Lukashevsky to Girl Rising because her art is frequently a form of feminist activism. She’s used her art as a means of social change for social movements like We Will Rise, Girls Who Code, and Rock the Vote, and she became involved in the refugee activist movement in 2017, when she illustrated three articles for World Refugee Day in GOOD magazine. 

Lukashevsky sees art as a necessary component of social change. “I feel that in order to work towards a more just world, we need to be able to imagine what that looks like. When you close your eyes, what do you see? What does this feel like? Creating art is a way to blueprint this future, and activate the imagination of those who view it.”

Today, you can enjoy her bold lines, vibrant colors, and a fearlessly pro-woman sensibility on Refinery29, the Washington Post, GOOD magazine and beyond.

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As they’ve done with the Women’s March and Dream Act Now, Amplifier will generate buzz via Ashley's art. Through social media posts, people will discover where they can go to get the high-quality limited edition prints in select cities around the world in advance of the film’s release on International Women’s Day (March 8). Anyone who misses out on the limited-edition print will be able to download a version from Girl Rising online.

A final word of thanks: commissioning artists to help support our non-profit work is not always possible and Girl Rising would like to thank Kerri Cole, a Denver-based designer and entrepreneur who has been a longtime supporter of our mission to empower girls around the world. Kerri donated the funds for Ashley’s commission and for that, we are eternally grateful!

Check out Ashley Lukashevsky’s work on her site, ashleylukashevsky.com, and on Instagram.

 
 
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