Artistic journalist Debra Van Poolen takes her passion for justice, combines it with her desire to make art instead of war, and creates "Artistic Witness" projects. Van Poolen’s art comes from her heart as she compassionately and truthfully weighs in on some of today 's most controversial issues, such as imprisonments over whistle-blowing and wars in the Middle East.
Alternatively, mainstream media shares information about current events according to the interests of its corporate sponsors. In addition, corporate-funded media outlets usually provide only shallow, impersonal accounts of matters which are actually quite important since they deeply impact living, breathing humans and animals all over the globe.Since most Americans watch the mainstream media, most conversations among Americans about today's news are not deeply thought-provoking or engaging.
Van Poolen is one of many inspiring artist-activists who interject meaningful images into the void left by the mainstream media.Through her Artistic Witness, Debra Van Poolen points her viewers to think deeply about world-changing events which affect all of us in this intricately interconnected world.