Before attending the 2017 Women’s March in Washington, DC, I saw peace and protest as two mutually exclusive things. Never did I think that a “peaceful protest” could ever achieve any kind of recognition or change. But I was wrong. I learned from my experience in that march, as well as watching “Art and Creativity of the Umbrella Movement Part 1 & 2” and doing more research, that art is the main weapon in inspiring people to initiate change.
As I walked in the most recent Women’s March, I saw pink “pussy hats” everywhere! There was hardly any people without one. Different patterns, different shades of pink, different sizes and fabrics. Not only did people contribute enormous amounts of time in knitting these hats, but there were also thousands of posters with beautiful quotes, drawings, and art work.
Watching “Art and Creativity of the Umbrella Movement Part 1 & 2”, and seeing Hong Kong's use of music, writing, photography, and art to showcase what they were fighting for truly reminded me of the beautiful things I experienced at the march. Marching showed me that there is no need for violence in a protest as a form of expression. All you need is compassion, love, and art.
Protesters held up their beautiful artwork, which displayed their pain, passion, and need for revolutionary change on the treatment of women. There were chants, people singing "This Little Light of Mine", and thousands of people snapping pictures. It was history in the making, and it was amazing to be a part of it.
Art brings people together, unlike cold hard facts and statistics, that prompt people to lash our and act irrationally. There is no anger when there is art. Watching people unite, and express themselves in imaginative ways is what gives me hope for a more accepting and prosperous future.