In anticipation of the 2020 Presidential Debate held on Belmont University's campus, creators from across the United States of America crafted their own Unity Flag in order to promote empathy for bipartisanship. The overarching idea of the Unity Flag Project is to build "purple empathy" through the visual arts...
Purple empathy is the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another's political views, political experiences, political opinions, political understandings, political intentions, and political decisions.
Unity is being together or one with someone or one thing. It is the opposite of being divided. Colors represent ethnicity, cultures, social events, human issues, emotions, moods, fears, struggles, good, bad, and so much more. Confetti is defined as small bits of paper, usually colored, thrown or dropped to enhance the gaiety of an event. I think of confetti as a form of celebration such as a party, a wedding, and joyful holidays when people get together as one. My flag of splattered colors represents a celebration of America, the unification of all into one.
Belmont Assistant Professor of Art Dr. Meaghan Brady Nelson of the Watkins College of Art at Belmont and several participating artists came together for a virtual event to discuss the Unity Flag Project, October 8, 2020. A free website--unityflagproject.com—was built to allow art lovers anywhere to enjoy the exhibit for free.
Presentation can be seen on Youtube: https //youtu.be/qFMH0FO3QbE