During Oscar season this year, Hollywood is in for a reality check when Manifest Equality stages a multiple-media "moment" to bring much-needed awareness to the press, the stars and everyone else in L.A. who need to become more active in the fight for marriage rights for all Americans. From March 3- 7, there will be a Manifest Equality Gallery (1341 Vine Street), issuing a call-to-action and showing the works of artists motivated to fight for equal rights. The gallery show, which includes big-name artists like Barry McGee, Karen Kimmel, Harvery Pekar, Tierney Gearnon, Shepard Fairey, Roman Coppola and hundreds more, is conveniently just blocks from the Kodak Theater where the Academy Awards take place. All these vitally vibrant and inspiring events are being produced by the successful team behind Manifest Hope, which was instrumental in getting Barack Obama the presidency. There is also an online art contest focusing on the themes equality, justice, respect, unity, civil rights and love, that will be judged by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Ann Philbin of the Hammer Museum, Vogue's Lisa Love, Shepard Fairey, Ed Ruscha, Lari Pittman and others. Submit your art, your voice, your money and your time to the most important cause I think of.
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