Truth-Healthy Propaganda Arts Project is about the messages constantly
being sent to us by the objects and images we see in the world
around us. These messages influence our ideas and feelings. Many
of the things we see-the color red, a painting by a famous artist,
a sports car, a "STOP" sign, a building, an advertisement-affect
us in some way. Sometimes the effect can be good. For example,
an advertisement telling us to donate blood may make us think
about ways to help people. On the other hand, an advertisement
showing people smoking and having fun could make us think that
smoking looks cool. But we know the real story about tobacco use.
That is why it is so important to look closely, find out the true
facts, and think very carefully about them.
Truth was created by a museum, The Wolfsonian-Florida International
University, in Miami Beach, Florida. It was chosen by the Florida
Division of Health Awareness and Tobacco to develop Artful Truth
because the museum specializes in looking at the messages we see
all around us. The Wolfsonian has a collection of more than 70,000
objects made between 1885 and 1945. People at the museum study
these objects to learn more about them, such as why they were
made and what they meant to the people who lived with them.