Designing for Activism

Monday / September 21 / 7:00 PM


There’s no denying it: we are in a moment of profound, societal change. Positive change, driven by people and movements. Art and design have always played a role in efforts to elevate marginalized voices and make the world more just. From signs to murals to social graphics, there are people who help to spread the word and offer a rallying cry through design. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn about what designing for activism looks like today – in our city and in this moment – and how design helps movements succeed.

During this panel, we’ll hear from local artists and designers — Trap Bob, Divorce Culture, and Ignacio Joseph Orzal — who use different creative media to champion activism in their communities. You’ve seen their work around the city, and now’s your chance to hear from them. And don’t worry — we may be virtual, but you’ll still have a chance to get your questions answered by our great speakers.


Date & Time

Monday, September 21

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM




Trap Bob

Visual Artist, Illustrator and Animator, Founder of Trap Bob World, LLC

She | Her | Hers

Tenbeete Solomon AKA Trap Bob is a visual artist, illustrator, and animator based in Washington, DC — known for her use of bold colors and gestures to convey both the humor and struggles of everyday life. Her work is socially conscious and frequently inspired by activism and community issues, with an aim to bridge the gap between her audience and her message. Her work can be found in both the digital space and within the community, from instagram gif stickers to permanent murals throughout DC.


Divorce Culture

Fine Artist, Screenprinter, and Muralist based in Washington, DC

He | Him | His

Divorce Culture has been creating iconic, politically charged artwork on the streets and in the galleries of Washington, DC since 2008. His primary focus is providing free public art, using screen printing, wheat pasting, murals, and site specific installations as his main mediums. He aims to use creativity and visual language to uplift and broadcast messages from at risk and underserved communities while also giving a personalized narrative to issues and situations taking place in our country and our world.


Ignacio Joseph Orzal

Director of NoMuNoMu

He | Him | His

Joseph Orzal is an artist and co-founder of NoMuNoMu. NoMuNoMu’s artistic practice centers on collaboration, activism, and community outreach. As an intersectional activist and artist collective, they aim to provide a platform for historically and strategically underrepresented groups to tell their stories through collaboration with community members and organizations on the frontlines of change.


Platform and Prerequisites

This event will be streamed via Zoom. In order to participate fully, attendees should plan to join on the Zoom app via their computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video. In order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations — only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room. You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.

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