Illustrator Nikkolas Smith on Being an ARTivist and Going Viral
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Illustrator, author, and ARTivist Nikkolas Smith creates thoughtful images that spark much-needed conversations around issues of social justice. From Michelle Obama to Janet Jackson, his work has been recognized by some of the most well-known names on the planet. You may have seen his heartfelt portrait of George Floyd in the media after Floyd's murder by police in mid-2020, or his illustration of Martin Luther King Jr. in a hoodie to express solidarity shortly after the killing of Trayvon Martin.

This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we dive into Nikkolas Smith’s creative process and how through his ARTivism, he hopes to make a difference and advocate for the voiceless. The impact theme of season two is strong in this episode as Nikkolas discusses using his art to make the future a brighter place for his son. 

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Read more about Nikkolas Smith's work and the projects we discuss:

Heartfelt Tributes to Chadwick Boseman Show What 'Black Panther' Means to Black Kids

Artists Are Paying Tribute to the Death of George Floyd Through Moving Illustrations

Illustrator Uses Art to Give a Voice to the Black Lives Matter Movement [Interview]

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