With so many issues shaking our world today, millions of people are speaking up for their beliefs at public demonstrations. This summer, GoggleWorks, with visiting artist AlyssaBeth Archambault, will offer the opportunity, resources, and support to let your voice be heard through the design and production of an effective protest sign, banner, poster, or flag. Put your fire and creativity to work in this special lecture and workshop-tell the world what matters to you!

Lecture / 12:00-1:00pm / free and open to the public
The day begins with a 45-minute lecture and slideshow on the history and nature of the protest sign, followed by professional tips on how to make your sign stand out. Topics covered will include how to share your message effectively, methods and materials for construction and display, and design strategies (for example, graphics versus no graphics). The lecture will conclude with a group critique of example signs.

Workshop / 1:00-3:00pm / registration required
There is no wrong way to make a protest sign, but we want yours to stand out! This workshop is open to all, regardless of artistic talent or political views. Bring your ideas, short slogans, words, and/or thumbnail sketches. No one will be turned away, but we do want to make this experience a very positive, empowering, and creative one for all attendees (including children), so please choose your words and images carefully. Don’t have a protest to attend, but still want to participate? Make one for your lawn, donate it to a cause, or contribute it to an upcoming event. If you choose to donate your sign, we will pass it along to people who will put it to good use.

Meet Alyssa Beth Archambault

Raised in Long Beach, California, Archambault recently graduated from the highly regarded Sign Graphics program of Los Angeles Trade-Technical College-the only remaining sign-painting program of its kind. She has led several workshops on sign-painting in the L.A. area, and for many years has worked and played in the creative worlds of theater, music, and painting. She runs Bee’s Knees Sign Co., a Los Angeles enterprise focusing on one-of-a-kind handmade commercial and personal signs, like storefronts, A-frames, chalkboards, and banners. Archambault is completing a 10-week summer residency at GoggleWorks, where she will be working on wayfinding and hand-painted signage throughout the campus. She will also be teaching Introduction to Sign Painting workshop.