The 2022 Future Art Awards: WOMAN. LIFE. FREEDOM. is an arts-based expression of solidarity with the brave women of Iran in their intersectional movement for freedom and human rights. Women and men throughout the country, and people all over the world, are rising up to protest the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, who died in police custody after being reportedly beaten by Iranian morality police on September 16, 2022. Countless others have now lost their lives or have been arrested by the Iranian regime in this escalating humanitarian crisis, including artists, writers, journalists, political dissidents, and even children.

MOZAIK Philanthropy has launched this emergency open call-to-action as an invitation to global artists wishing to use their art to express emotional support for the women in Iran at this pivotal moment in history.

There are over 5 million artists in the United States alone. With the potential power of the greater global creative community, MOZAIK Philanthropy hopes this international open call for art will demonstrate unity around the values of freedom, equality, and justice as human rights for all, especially for the women in Iran willing to risk their lives for freedom.

Since launching the Future Art Awards in 2020, MOZAIK Philanthropy has awarded over 350 US artists with support grants and virtual exhibition exposure, covering front-line social and environmental justice issues through contemporary art as a medium for social change. Winning artists have included photographers, painters, sculptors, street artists, muralists, mixed-media artists, visual, multi and interdisciplinary artists, illustrators, animators, 3D artists, NFT artists, cartoonists, technologists, shorts filmmakers, poets, art writers, composers, weavers, dancers, and creative performers.

The 2022 Future Art Awards: WOMAN. LIFE. FREEDOM. is free to submit to and will honor outstanding contemporary artworks for creative excellence across the following categories: originality, personality, quality of composition, creativity, skills, concepts of activism, justice or representation, overall emotional impression, and adherence to the awards’ interpretive theme: WOMAN. LIFE. FREEDOM. All artists and art forms are welcome. Honorariums and exhibition details will be announced in the coming weeks.

The submission deadline is November 15, 2022.

For more information, visit mozaikphilanthropy.org.

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