Week of 9/26 Assignments :: What is a Manifesto and why is it important to write one?

What is a Manifesto and why is it important to write one?

On 9/26/17 we dug into the definition of a manifesto as a class.

Assignment: Students will generate experimental manifestos outside of class this week and post them below before our next class. (Share yours in the comments section below. You may want to write it out in a word processor first and then paste your input below.)

Remember, manifestos are public statements, posting yours here will suffice as public space.

According to merriam-webster.com : “a manifesto is written statement that describes the policies, goals, and opinions of a person or group” This is usually made public to hold one to their statements.”

Examples to look at for contrast & inspiration-

Manifestos for Art, Life & Business :




Video Links:

(The second above video is by Andrew Castrucci who taught at LIU in the art dept. for several years between 2000-2009. )

Feel free to also share any links that you discover in your own research into this topic. the more examples and contrast we build the better. We will discuss our finding in class.

9 thoughts on “Week of 9/26 Assignments :: What is a Manifesto and why is it important to write one?

  1. the ART of LIFE MANIFESTO by Leonard Antinori

    – to remain loyal to family and friends despite the pain it sometimes brings when it is not reciprocated

    – to recognize the impact, both positively and negatively, of one’s life on those that inhabit my world as a father, husband, friend and teacher

    – to feed off the positive energy of those who radiate it and to deflect negativity which too often seems to dominate

    – to always recognize the classical foundation of my art while integrating the future into its technique

    – to always strive for the “dynamic” as opposed to the “so-what” in all creative decisions

    – to continue appreciating music, in all its forms

    – to work at recognizing the humor in minutia of daily life

    – to work on respectfully tolerating those with differing political views

    – to avoid obsessing on situations that did not go as planned

    – to accept what God has given in the physical, intellectual and spiritual aspects of a life of 64 years

    – to not expect people to behave in ways that they are incapable of

    – to cherish the present

    – to not fear using the word “love” in regards to family and friends

    – to thank God for the gift of art that has informed my life each day

  2. 1. An artist must create something everyday
    2. An artist must keep an open mind about their works
    3. An artist must always feel free
    4. An artist should never make excuses to not create
    5. An artist needs to be emotionally expressive
    6. An artist must challenge their imagination
    7. An artist must bring the unimaginable to life
    8. It is the artist’s responsibility to share their vision with the world
    9. An artist must be honest
    10. An artist needs to be crazy about their own path

  3. Present Manifesto by Sharon Papp
    1. Begin each day with positivity, grounding, focus, breath, gratitude.
    2. Believe in the goodness of humanity.
    3. Trust and allow Divine information.
    4. Set an intention, let it resonate, manifest.
    5. Declutter the mind and let go of things that do not serve you. Offer these energies to the Universe with pure Love so that they may be recycled and transformed to new positivity.
    6. Love yourself and love what you do so that you will experience happiness and be capable loving others fully.
    7. Share experience, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and passion.
    8. Seek truth within your heart and accept it in your mind. Be truth so that your spirit can be free.
    9. Rest, meditate, ask for help, LISTEN.
    10. Appreciate nature and all living things.
    11. Embrace change. Grow and transcend through transformation.
    12. Have the courage to stand up for what you believe in.
    13. You are Light and Love. You are kindness. You are connected to the Earth, Spirit, Universe. Practice reciprocity.
    14. Dream, wonder, explore, live, radiate, be in the moment.
    15. Look at the world through a child’s eyes.
    16. Don’t let your dreams rust. Do something.
    17. Breathe. Be aware of and pay attention to breath. It helps you find your center.
    18. Spend time with positive people, family, friends, nature. It nourishes the soul.
    19. End each day with prayer and gratitude for the richness of your life.

  4. Be kind
    Don’t forget to be the way you are
    Acknowledge those around you
    Give people the benefit of the doubt
    Forgive, don’t hold grudges
    Do something that matters
    Don’t give up
    Be curious, not judgmental (Walt Whitman)
    Make the art work that YOU want to see
    Be considerate of others’ perspectives
    Accomplish something each day no matter how big or small
    Give yourself a break then get back to work
    Do not harm animals

  5. My First Manifesto by Meghan Hallock

    Start each day with a grateful heart
    Focus on the positive and the good you put out in the world
    Always exercise your creative mind; make, make, make
    Nothing worth having comes easy
    Don’t keep your artwork locked up, let it out into this world
    Doing things slowly makes you better and faster at doing them
    It’s okay to cry when you feel something has profoundly moved you
    Be here now

  6. An Artist’s Life Manifesto
    Grace Pentecoste

    1. Listen fully.
    2. Life is a forever long learning experience, be open every day to learn something new.
    3. Every day is another day of growth.
    4. Create what you want, everything has been done already.
    5. One day at a time.
    6. Trust in the process.
    7. An artist must feel an overwhelming emotion to produce a strong work of art.
    8. Don’t take life too seriously.
    9. Don’t hold grudges, instead let go through your art.
    10. Show your worth every single day.
    11. Create artwork that viewers can feel in their soul so you can create a connection.
    12. Embrace nostalgia.
    13. Love unconditionally.
    14. Always remember you are never better than anyone.
    15. Look into a person’s eyes when you are having a conversation, no matter how difficult it may be.
    16. Live in the present 120%, live every day to its fullest.
    17. Don’t be distracted by technology. Sit and take in the world in its truest form, naturally.
    18. Smell the air as you are walking, watch the movement in the leaves, and feel the breeze on your skin.
    19. Be kind to everyone, everyone has their own journey that they bared.

  7. Via Chie Kim:

    A Manifesto is most important to our society. It holds powerful energy and It prevents problems from happening in our life everyday.

    The political issues are to be solved.

    Art is language to express words and ideas.

    A Manifesto is used to communicate using pictures with vivid colors and written words.

    According to manifesto, artists should reach into our society in order for our society to live peaceful life as much as we can.

  8. 1.Artists should dig themselves in depth to get inspiration
    2.The attitude of life is still optimistic
    3.The passion of life is still full
    4.Beautiful life comes from a beautiful heart
    5.Insist on doing one thing
    6.To learn to silence, you can make the chaos of the heart, become clear
    7.More focused on what you want to do, you will find more than the original income
    8.With love to do things, with a grateful heart of life
    9.Opportunities are always reserved for those who are prepared
    10.Treat people to learn to give way, love a little more, life is very happy to live naturally
    11.Things to start from their own heart
    12.To be brave to create, to dare to fail

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