(CelebrityAccess) — Noted artist Shepard Fairey and Flood Magazine have partnered for a special ‘Action Issue’ of the popular culture and arts magazine that will support the National Independent Venue Association and its emergency fund.
The 160 page special issue, which is reminiscent of a coffee table book features contributions from guest editors, artists, photographers, organizers, and creators including Shepard Fairey, H.E.R., Cordae, David Byrne, Vic Mensa, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Nicholas Braun, Flaming Lips, Rain Phoenix, Dem Jointz, Dinner Party (Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder, Terrace Martin), Danny Clinch, Michael Lavine, and more.
The issue includes interviews with the organizers of voter advocacy organizations Rock The Vote and HeadCount, discussions about the coronavirus crisis being faced by independent venue owners across America, and more.
“As independent-culture focused journalists, it is important to tell the stories that may not be told by mainstream media, resulting in a large part of the country remaining unaware of the indelible contributions many creators in the arts are making in an attempt to help make things better in their communities, raise awareness on troubling issues, and a myriad of national and global causes in between,” said Randy Bookasta, Co-Publisher and Editorial Director of FlOOD Magazine. “We thank Shepard Fairey for his support in helping us to elevate awareness of the voices, actions and initiatives of the creators featured in this special issue.”
Fairey, who launched the OBEY clothing line, designed three special covers for the action issue of the magazine. Fairey will select one of those covers to reproduce as a limited autographed art print that will be sold to help raise funds for NIVA with 100% of the proceeds from the poster art prints dedicated to the cause.
“I was honored to create this issue of FLOOD’s cover art, which is meant to inspire action and hope for the future. I’ve been a longtime fan of the magazine, and in the spirit of making the future, I also felt it was important to help #SaveOurStages by donating to the NIVA Emergency Relief Fund. Music is the heartbeat of my work, it inspires me daily both sonically and lyrically. We can all remember the shows that shaped us, and the spaces where we experienced them, and I urge you to do what you can to support our independent venues so that many more generations can find their space too. Thanks for caring, and get your copy of FLOOD NOW!,” said Shepard Fairey.