Street Performers and Artist Rights
SPAR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation
of free speech rights and freedom from illegal search and seizure for street
performers, artists, musicians, poets and free thinkers everywhere.
If you have ever been hassled, cited, arrested, intimidated or had your
artistic tools or possessions confiscated by law enforcement authorities or
if you are being harassed by local merchants, YOU HAVE RIGHTS! The US
Constitution is on your side.
SPAR's mission is to provide a forum for street performers and artists all
across the United States to research, discuss and provide resources and
information about their constitutional rights. In addition, SPAR hopes to
create a network for artists to promote themselves and to raise positive
awareness about the importance and cultural value of art, music, poetry and
the expression of ideas in public spaces.
SPAR believes you are free to speak your mind, sing your song, create your
art and make the world a more interesting, thought-provoking and beautiful
place to live in -- all free from fear and intimidation.
"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo
the fatigues of supporting it." -- Thomas Jefferson
SPAR was created by Atom Geld, The World's Fastest Painter. Atom fought for
his freedom to speak and create on the streets of Los Angeles through legal
action and not only won his case, but also changed the way police must treat
all street performers and artists in the second largest city in America.
STAND AND BE COUNTED
JOIN SPAR TODAY!
GELD VS. LOS ANGELES
BERY VS. NEW YORK
A.C.L.U. web site