What Really Makes America Great - The Book

Love books, activism and art? You’ve come to the right place! Books from Creative Action Network bring together artwork from hundreds of artists all over the world in support and celebration of the social causes we care about. Beautifully illustrated in a broad range of styles, social activist books are the perfect gift for readers of all ages and for family, coworkers and friends who are socially conscious, appreciate good design and care about the world we live in.

Proceeds Support:
Proceeds support DreamCorps, a social justice accelerator founded by Van Jones that advances economic, environmental, and criminal justice solutions. What Makes America Great is a collection of designs celebrating the things that our artists believe make America truly great.

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Somehow, during the contentious 2016 presidential campaign, the fact that America is already great got lost among all of the negative rhetoric and no-holds-barred quest for votes. Once the dust settled, the Creative Action Network—a global community of artists making "art with purpose"—launched a project to remind America of what it stands for and to challenge the current political climate.

Creative Action Network enlisted their artist community to create posters celebrating the inherent American values that really make America great. The work of over 75 of those artists are showcased in the upcoming What REALLY Makes America Great hardcover book! It's hoped that their messages will help restore America's pride and change the climate from one of fear to one of hope.

Topics+Artists Included:

Agriculture by Jordan Johnson
Art by Elizabeth Beals
Baseball by Brandon Kish
Belief in the Possibilities by Jennifer Bloomer
Black History Month by Nikkolas Smith
Black Lives by Dionna Gary
Bourbon by James Furious
Brotherhood by James Nesbitt and Thea Leming Brandt
Civil Disobedience by Michael Czerniawski
Civil Service by Hayley Gilmore
Community by Micaela Brody
Diversity by Sawsan Chalabi
Diversity by Aditi Raychoudhury
Diversity of Languages by Daisy Patton
Education by David Hays
Empathy by Alyssa Winans
Energy by Samantha Yost
Energy by Liz Cook
Equal Opportunity by Lorraine Nam
Everyone Welcome by Crystal Sacca
Firefighters by Bob Rubin
Free to be Me by Shelley Wright
Freedom and Diversity by Julia Yellow
Freedom of Choice by Jason Roache
Freedom of Speech by Andrew Martin
Freedom of the Press by Elena Ospina
Freedom of the Press by Isaiah King
Gardening by Anna Hartwig
Girls Who Rule by Lydia Hess
Grace by Sharon McPeake
Guitars by Holly Savas
Hip Hop by Darrell Stevens
Hollywood by Roberto Lanznaster
Immigration by Chris Lozos
Immigration by Gabriel Benderski
Immigration by Yadesa Bojia
Innovation by Shane Henderson
Intersectional Feminism by Emily Vriesman
Jazz by Aaron Perry-Zucker
Journalism by Carolyn Pavelkis
Justice by Brixton Doyle
Kindness by Roberlan Borges
Ladies by Susanne Lamb
Landmarks Unity by Beth Kerschen
Latinas by Maria Castro
LGBTQ+ Rights by Kyle Bachman
Love and Compassion by Vikram Nongmaithem
Madres by Yocelyn Riojas
Marriage Equality by Mark Addison Smith
National Parks by Eric Junker
Native American Culture by Patricia Weston
Non-Binary Gender by Ethan Parker
Opinions by Robert Wallman
Parks by Jessica Gerlach
People with Kind Hearts by Caitlin Alexander
Protest by Karl Orozco
Public Lands by Amanda Lenz
Public Lands by Todd Gilloon
Public Libraries by Daria Theodora
Religious Freedom by Mark Forton
Resilience by Emily Kelley
Resistance by Trevor Messersmith
Sacred, Protected Nature by Vanessa Koch
Scientific Evidence by Michelle Martir
Small Businesses by Jonathan Garbett
Space Exploration by Design by Goats
Taco Trucks by Catherine Nguyen
Teachers by Monica Loos
Tenacity by Danielle Deley and Ellen McDevitt-Stredney
The Belief That Anything is Possible by Adam Doyle
Unity by Jillian Marsala
Unity by Tom Blosch
Veterans by Marie Murphy
We All by Taryn Hann
We the People by Nik Dodani
Welcoming All People by Design By Goats
Women by Darren Krische

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Jeane W.
United States United States
Great for Junior readers

Bought this for myself but it was a little simplistic for an adult. Gave it to my 9 year old grandson and he really liked it. So it wasn’t what I expected, but I was able to get great use out of it anyway!

Susan F.
United States
Creative Ideas Abound

This was my first purchase from your company and I ‘m impressed. I’ll be looking for other creative forward looking artistic items for future purchases.

Richard V.
United States
Purchases multiply

At least one of our recipients turned around and ordered 5 copies yo give to other friends. R

Phyllis I.
United States
Great Book!

This book exceeded my already-high expectations, which I had formed from prior purchases from CAN. I bought it for my Sister, who was enamored with the WPA Posters featured on postage stamps from the United States Postal Service in 2018. The graphics on some of the artwork in this Book reminded me of the WPA posters and their unique artistic style. My Sister was thrilled with the Book and couldn't wait to show it to her children.

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Vanessa L.
United States
America is great and so is the book!

I love the variety of artists and the voice their creativity lends to the greatness of our country. I bought two of these as gifts and now want to get another one just for me!