Out of the Mouth of Babes

Updated: Nov 29, 2020

VoteThatJawn and Fresh Artists tap an army of kiddos to turn out the parent vote

By Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

This article was originally published by The Philadelphia Citizen. You can view the original story here.

A contribution from Thomas Holme Elementary School in Philadelphia.

These works aren’t fine art. They’re logos, for heaven’s sake, meant to sell a product. Slick, they’re not.

Some are scratched out on torn scraps of grocery bags, some drawn on lined notebook paper, some on the backs of used envelopes. Many are in pencil, lucky if it’s even colored. But if they’re not polished, the product these logos are selling is dazzling—one we simply cannot live without now: the right to vote.

Drawn by some 400 American school children from coast to coast, these logos target the young artists’ own parents, to get them to the polls on November 3. Dedicated teachers have been struggling to reach them, sheltered in place, for months, now.

The project is the brainchild of a woman who just happens to have the email addresses of 2,000 art teachers across the country: Barbara Chandler Allen, who runs Fresh Artists, the Philadelphia nonprofit that gets students to donate the use of their art to support the purchase of art supplies and art pro