Artists inspire, provoke, mobilize, and expand the imagination in critical ways, leading change that yields profound social consequences. Artists expose and help resolve issues of social justice. Art is an illustrative and journalistic tool that humanizes and actualizes issues. Art inspires us to action. From lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer rights, to race, environment, class, ethics, economy, and immigration, art gives a language
to the emotions, grievances, and fears of many who may not have another way to voice or express their feelings.
For seven years our Fire Island Residency has asked artists to investigate and present work that confronts LGBTQ issues sparking a dialog with over 100,000 seasonal visitors. Through our 2014 initiative, Heart Like, Yoko Ono presented five simple dots on Instagram, each asking people to spread the dot over the center of the page and imagine world peace, equality, and more. Over 30,000 people “liked” her work, sharing their stories and inspiring words in response.