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Why The Arts

Arukah’s intention is, with ineffaceable clarity, alongside the tragic images and stories of terrible animal suffering, to “Show an affirming flame,” in the words of poet W. H. Auden, a buoyant, revivifying, inspiring, sometimes elation-bringing touch, creating a vision to work toward, a hope and a joy in a world where you don’t have to cause anguish to any species. Through the arts, allowing us powerful imaginative seeing and resistance. A passageway.

“The voice of the individual artist may seem perhaps of no more consequence than the whirring of a cricket in the grass, but the arts do live continuously... and their basic meanings survive unchanged in all that matters through times of interruption, diminishment, neglect; they outlive governments and creeds and the societies, even the very civilization that produced them," wrote Katherine Anne Porter.

To showcase the arts and raise awareness of the atrocities wreaked upon other animals through something beautiful and expressive of a passionate looking, the very essence of art—the coexistence of beauty and rage and terror and conscience. The arts, luminous and piercing, are necessary and consequential for cultural transformation. Please join the community of artists—painters, illustrators, digital artists, photographers, musicians, poets, literary writers, cartoonists, filmmakers—in the making of art, which makes life richer for all living inhabitants and allows for the idea that insists on the freedom to change one’s life. 

Arukah’s purpose is to marry the disturbing reality of animal exploitation with the splendor of artistic expression, an alchemical fusion that evokes compassion, empathy, and understanding even in the most hardened of hearts. Through art impassioned advocates communicate a message that goes beyond words, a message that transcends boundaries with its poetic power and resonates in a way that traditional advocacy efforts do not.

"Animals with their virginal sense of life awakened all that was good in me." 

Franz Marc

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