Founded in 1979 by activist artists, Northland Poster Collective has existed as part activist organization, part business and part arts group, creating posters and t-shirts that support the labor movement. About the decision to close, founding member artist Ricardo Levins Morales noted "After thirty years of undermining Wall Street, it finally fell on us." The collective did not seek out grants, and instead relied on sales of its various slogan products.
This month everything on its website is half-off, and many of the buttons and other products will be farmed out to other websites and stores for sale at the end of June. Morales plans to open his own studio to continue his personal artistic/activist career.
The timing of this makes me wonder whether it reflects an economic recession or an activism recession as we all get a little complacent with Obama in office.