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The Triumph Project

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:40 AM


Dr. Maya Angelou, a literary and cultural luminary, died this Wednesday. While glowing words have and will continue to be spoken about her talent, activism, and dauntless spirit, she is honored especially for her body of work. She took her own suffering and the suffering of others and, through her words, transfigured that suffering into triumphant art.

 


Some of us in Community Relations invite you to participate in a new Project in remembrance of Dr. Angelou, one that grew out of a suggestion by Aeirmid. Together, we'll be creating art about triumph, be it personal, societal, or even hypothetical. At the end of the project, all deviations will be featured. This isn't a contest; it is a way for us to use our talents, following Dr. Angelou's example, to enrich our community.

 

What counts as triumphant? That's up to you. It could be a non-fiction biographical account of an historic leader, or an autobiographical poem about a personal moment of triumph. It could be a painting that captures a victorious feeling, or a photomanipulation that tells a story of triumph. Start with the theme of triumph, and see where it takes you!

 

 

Rules:


  • There must be an obvious theme of triumph in your entry.
  • Entries can be of any artistic medium.
  • If your entry is literature, the maximum length is 1000 words (prose) or 40 lines (poetry).
  • Your entry must be a deviation, created for this contest, submitted between now and Friday, June 27th, at 11:59 PDT. Submit your deviation to Community Projects > Projects > The Triumph Project (link).
  • The Artist's Comments of your entry must link to this journal. If you use resources, be sure to credit them.
  • Multiple entries are not allowed. Give us your best work.
  • Please be respectful of what we're doing here.

 

Rewards:

Again, this isn't a contest, and participating in the project should give you a warm, fuzzy feeling all over. In case that's not enough, we'll also be arranging features for participants, and maybe more. Stay tuned for further developments!

 

Discussion:

Below, feel free to share a favorite Maya Angelou quote or your thoughts about the topic of triumph.







...in memory of Dr. Maya Angelou.
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:iconmori33:
mori33 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is m favorite lines from her poetry:

"You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise."  (from Still I Rise by Maya Angelo)
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
:thumbsup:
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Vampirequeen10 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
This is a wonderful idea! I might enter something if i can find some inspiration.

Also, is anyone else bothered by the fact that all of the entries so far aren't related to the project? There was one related entry last night, but now it's gone.
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Thanks.

We've been cleaning the gallery of miscategorizations, but it's an uphill battle. The best way to fight it is to fill the gallery with actual entries! *nudge, nudge*
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
:wave: Hello, this has been listed in the latest update of deviousNEWS! Have a great week :heart:
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Thanks!
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
you're welcome :heart:
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
OH I am so gonna try for this :eager:
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Awesome!
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   General Artist
:la: I'm excited to see the outcome of this!
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
:eager: me too!
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:iconworldwar-tori:
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014   General Artist
:la:
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:iconeraezr:
Eraezr Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
uh...who is she again?
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fernknits Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this idea!
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Thanks! Aeirmid deserves the credit, though!
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:iconaeirmid:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner May 31, 2014   Digital Artist
Nuh-uh. This was totally a group effort. 
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GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So I clicked on the link to the posting page...   huh?

Well, I'll be doing something up, just how to keep it under 1k words... *considers*
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Yeah, until it gets some legit entries it will be mostly trash (though we have people weeding the trash, too).

Try for only 500 words? That way it will go over budget but still be under the wordcount!
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GalaxyGoddess Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so, that stuff is just awful.


And that's a pretty good idea! 
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for posting that. She was a great woman. And her Life Doesn't Frighten Me was a corner stone of my childhood.

BRIAN
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Planning on participating?
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
We'll see what happens... ;)

BRIAN
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Awesome!
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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AgentDusk13 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Student Writer
This is a wonderful idea and I look forwards to participating. Dr. Angelou has been a great inspiration to me and she will be sorely missed.
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Awesome! I look forward to what you produce!
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CelticStrm-Stock Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww no :( I must have missed the news that she had passed. Her work played a big role in helping me get through high school. I was the geeky chubby girl that was bullied ruthlessly. :/ I think this is a wonderful tribute, and a fitting one to celebrate an artist's life with art. Her words had a way of being transcendent and cut through all of the BS of life.

Here's a couple of my favorite quotes by her:

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

"
A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim."
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
I found out via facebook, which is a sad enough commentary by itself. "transcendent" is a good word to describe her writing.

Nice quotes!
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Sserenita Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
This sound wonderful! :clap:

i made a tribute to Maya Angelou in my journal with my favorite quotes...
sserenita.deviantart.com/journ…
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
You mentioned another one of my favorites there: "PERHAPS TRAVEL CANNOT PREVENT BIGOTRY, BUT BY DEMONSTRATING THAT ALL PEOPLES CRY, LAUGH, EAT, WORRY AND DIE, IT CAN INTRODUCE THE IDEA THAT IF WE TRY AND UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER, WE MAY EVEN BECOME FRIENDS.”

I look forward to what you produce!
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:iconchromeantennae:
chromeantennae Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I really love this idea. Perhaps I'll be a part of it. :nod:
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
You should! I'm already plotting my submission.
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'll definitely think long and hard about it. :)
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
My favorite quote is the one used in the middle image above: "Nothing will work unless you do." It's a real zinger: true, a tiny bit harsh, but much more encouraging than blaming. It's an excellent thing to remember.
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jamberry-song Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is a wonderful idea; it will be nice to see how this woman's influence will continue to grow.
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
We're already so indebted to the boundaries she broke.
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MintyRevolution Featured By Owner May 30, 2014   General Artist
This is a beautiful idea!
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:iconshadowedacolyte:
ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Thank Aeirmid !
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chromeantennae Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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