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ART NOT WAR is a mission: to beat back the forces of darkness with creativity, fierce intelligence, collaboration, consensus building, and love.

A full service creative agency and production studio based in Brooklyn, NY, that specializes in creating unique cultural campaigns for social justice and progressive issues, ANW creates edgy, honest, thought-provoking, and attention-getting video, music, graphics, and animation for television, film, radio, and online media. We specialize in bringing renowned artists and groundbreaking ideas to the table for advocacy commercials for television, viral web videos, infographics, short form documentaries, and original music for picture. From concept to completion, Art Not War brings your project or campaign through all stages of creative, production, and delivery to your target audience. Our clients include the world’s leading progressive nonprofit organizations, socially conscious businesses, and innovative media outlets. Content created by ART NOT WAR’s small team has earned over eighty five million online views, 9 Pollies, 3 Reed Awards, and over millions of dollars of earned media through worldwide news coverage for our clients.

Our motto and guiding force: We make meaningful media that compels viewers to share and brings vital attention to the campaigns that can change the world. We ONLY work with clients with aligned progressive values. After a decade of working closely with only not-for-profits, we have a unique eye towards the kind of fast, creative mobilization needed for rapid response environments and budgets that honor and respect the contributions of not-for-profit members and donors.

We’re artists and activists, not entrepreneurs. We exist to make the world a more equitable and peaceful place, and will do our utmost to work with any organization with a righteous cause, even in the face of the most challenging budget constraints.

Our staff arrives with years of experience in filmmaking, music, print and digital publishing, online media, and viral marketing. ART NOT WAR currently serves 26 progressive organizations, creating video and music content for organizations like Avaaz, Global Zero, Moms Rising, Color of Change, Rebuild the Dream, SEIU, NYSNA, FairGirls.org, Fair Elections for New York, The Episcopal Church, Safer Chemicals, Food Democracy Now, the Brady Campaign, and Occupy Wall Street.

Members of ART NOT WAR have served as a leading bridge between the progressive political and artistic/entertainment worlds. In the past decade, we’ve created ground-breaking media, tours, events, and gallery spaces in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, actors, and musicians like Oliver Stone, Matt Damon, John Cusack, Heather Graham, Shepard Fairey, Doug Liman, Moby, REM, The Dixie Chicks, Bruce Springsteen, Perry Farrell, The Roots, Scarlett Johansson, Lisa Edelstein, Justin Long, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm, Will Ferrell, John Cougar Mellencamp, Modest Mouse, Aimee Mann, Michael Mann, Jack Black, Romany Malco, Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam, Julia Stiles, Penn Badgley, Zoe Kravitz, Salman Rushdie, Michael Moore and Russell Simmons, among many others.

ART NOT WAR can provide:

•Cultural and Media Campaign planning & execution
•Earned Media Strategies & Creative Actions
•Script writing and editing for TV, Radio, Interactive, and Online Impact Video
•Fact and photo research
•Storyboard when requested and casting
•HD video for television, cinema, and multimedia
•Design for infographics, online media, and print
•Animation and motion graphics
•Original music and sound design, Voice over, ADR, and sound mixing
•Set design and construction
•Advertising placement
•Social media outreach & online seed marketing
•Press and blog outreach
•On-camera talent
•Artist Outreach

OUR TEAM


FOUNDERS

Laura Dawn

Founder, CEO, & Chief Creative

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Laura is a writer, director, editor, producer, artist organizer, national campaign strategist, singer, songwriter, and expert on the nexus of art and social change. For the nine years prior to joining ART NOT WAR, Laura served as the Creative & Cultural Director of MoveOn.org. Her work with MoveOn.org helped to grow the organization into a seven million-member progressive powerhouse. Her media work for MoveOn has garnered over 85 million views online. Laura's edgy ads, videos, and strategic cultural campaigns have garnered hundreds of millions of dollars of earned media for MoveOn and other progressive clients. Her forte is high-level strategic collaborations between renowned artists and grassroots activists that help not-for-profits garner earned media, bolster public awareness and spur action for social change.

In 2006 Laura Dawn Murphy developed and directed an in-house creative agency and production company to produce all of MoveOn’s media. In 2011, that group evolved into the artist-run media collective ART NOT WAR, and Laura personally wrote and directed over 40 ads and videos in 2012 alone. In 2004, Laura co-created the first-ever user-generated ad contest, "Bush in 30 Seconds.” She later wrote and edited "It Takes a Nation: How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina", a book detailing first person accounts of MoveOn's Hurricane Housing program, which sheltered 30,000 evacuees in member's homes within a week of the storm. She has served as a branding expert for several not-for-profits, most notably repositioning the David Lynch Foundation for major success with her cultural campaign, "Change Begins Within", organizing a targeted artist outreach and serving as Artistic Director for the "Change Begins Within" flagship event featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eddie Vedder, Sheryl Crow, Jerry Seinfeld and Moby at Radio City Music Hall in 2009.

In 2008, Laura produced "The End of America", the documentary feature version of Naomi Wolf's best-selling book of the same title. In 2009, Laura was featured in the documentary, "MoveOn: The Movie", a film that charted the growth and influence of MoveOn.org from 1998 to 2008. In 2010, Laura made her acting debut in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" as the co-worker of the character "Winnie", played by Academy Award nominated actress Carey Mulligan. "Winnie" was based in part on Laura's work as an activist and Mulligan shadowed Laura for a few months prior to filming.

Awarded the Paul Wellstone Citizen Leadership Award of 2004 for the 2004 Staff of MoveOn.org, articles on Laura Dawn Murphy & her work as an activist have been featured in Vogue, LA Weekly, the NY Times, Village Voice, Time magazine, Salon, & USA Today. Laura has been a speaker and panelist on the merger of artists and online activism at the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museum, Tokion, the Sundance Film Festival, Carnegie Hall, & many others. She has two political ads in the Museum of the Moving Image and one induction into the 2012 Political Ad Hall of Fame from ABC/ CLIO, and won the coveted Best In Show Award for Best Overall Ad of the Year at the 2013 Pollies for her expose on child trafficking, "Backpage.com".

An accomplished singer and recording artist herself, Laura regularly collaborates with world-wide electronic artist phenomenon Moby, most notably as the featured singer on his multi-platinum album “Hotel” and subsequent world tour, and on their side noir/blues project, “The Little Death”. She has appeared as a singer on 4 albums and over 22 compilations.

Daron Murphy

Co-Founder, COO, Composer, & Chief Creative

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For the past two decades, Daron Murphy has brought his skills as a writer, composer, musician, and producer to the creation of cutting edge content in almost every form of media, from film, television, and radio to print and online publishing to recording and live performance across the world.

Daron founded ART NOT WAR in December, 2011 after two years as principal of the creative and production team responsible for all television, radio, and online video content for MoveOn.org, one of history’s largest and most successful progressive advocacy groups. His work builds on a decade’s experience writing scripts, producing video, and composing original music for groups like Avaaz, Moms Rising, Color of Change, Rebuild the Dream, The Episcopal Church, Safer Chemicals, Food Democracy Now, the Brady Campaign, and Occupy Wall Street.

As a journalist, Daron’s contributed writing and reporting to publications like The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Vogue, Bloomberg Businessweek, I.D., Entertainment Weekly, and Vibe. And as a composer, Daron’s created and performed original scores for feature documentaries like the adaptation of Naomi Wolf’s The End of America, short films like Julia Stiles’ Raving, starring Zooey Deschanel, and television advocacy spots like VoteVets.org’s “Bring Them Home,” directed by Oliver Stone.

In 2006, after spending a year touring the world as guitarist for electronic music icon, Moby, Daron founded a music production company, Gowanus Sound Initiative, creating original scores for commercial clients like Expedia, UPS, and Converse. As a live performer, he’s shared the stage with Lou Reed, Public Enemy’s Chuck D., Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, Kris Kristofferson, Bettye Lavette, the B-52’s, Rufus Wainwright, Norah Jones, and Donovan. And his rock band, the Little Death, has been praised by such luminaries as David Lynch, who invited the group–along with Sheryl Crow and Eddie Vedder–to open for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at the 2009 “Change Begins Within” benefit concert at Radio Music Hall.

Before Daron entered the world of progressive politics and professional music, he spent five years as a founding editor and multimedia producer at Word.com, one of the earliest and most influential online magazines. The site was called “iconoclastic” by Wired and “the best magazine on the web” by The Wall Street Journal. By the time of its dissolution in 2000, Daron had participated in the creation of Word’s Webby-nominated online videogame (Sissyfight 2000) and co-edited the site’s critically acclaimed book (Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs), excerpted in The New Yorker and called “amazing” by USA Today.



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