Location: Kansas City, MO, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Artist

Sheron Smith

KC Icons

Coordinator

Ann Holliday

Art In the Loop

Overview

Together We Rise!l was featured in CODAmagazine:  Art for Social Change 

Together We Rise! is inspired by the all of the diverse people who are
coming together around issues such as racial justice, climate control,
equality for women, gay rights, gun control, and health. It is so beautiful to
see people of every race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and age rallying
together in support of these critical issues. The people remain resilient as
they face many obstacles during the process of advancing their goals.

Together We Rise! captures the energy, passion, and emotion of these
times. The background is alive with the energy of vivid swirling colors.
Within the background, crowds of people are marching, and brandishing
signs. The edges of the painting are dark and torn, and the strips running top
to bottom also look dark and torn. This represents the dark elements that are
threatening to tear our country apart. Our society is being attacked and torn
apart by racism, injustice, conspiracy theories, violence, and climate
destruction, as well as the threat of authoritarianism.

The foreground of Together We Rise! shows diverse people marching
together. The people in the painting are a reflection of society. They
represent age diversity, gender diversity, physical diversity, religious
diversity, and racial diversity.