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Blackstar: A Tribute to Those We’ve Lost


Mission: The Mission of Artists For Addicts is to change the global conversation surrounding addiction from one of judgement to one of compassion, using art as a force for good.

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Our mission is to redefine how people view addiction. By shifting the conversation from judgment to compassion. Art is the Transformational Force we use to make that happen.

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Every year, more addicts suffer at the hands of a system that punishes victims of addiction, and fails to provide treatments that break the cycle. A group that suffers greatly from addiction are artists, who often share a sensitivity to life that makes them more vulnerable.

Former addict Joe Polish came up with the idea for Artists For Addicts when he realized that artists and the arts may have many of the answers we are seeking for this crisis. When Joe approached artist Jon Butcher with this idea to use “art as a force for good,” it resonated deeply. Jon created the first art piece for Artists For Addicts, Black Star. That set the stage for other artists to follow his lead.

The result is Black Star, a tribute to the artists we've lost to addiction and a call for each of us to help those who are currently struggling. You can purchase Blackstar art here.

Artists For Addicts is a platform for stories and art, and a safe place to explore this difficult subject in creative ways. If you are someone who has used the power of art to heal from addiction, stay in recovery, or support a loved one, you belong here, and we would love to hear from you. You can share your story and your art at

About The Film:

A BLACK STAR is a star that shines so brightly, it burns out and dies, but leaves its mass behind. The Black Star film chronicles Jon Butcher's channeling of an art piece that represents 80 artists the world has lost. Through this process, Jon not only explores the relationship between art and addiction, but experiences a powerful transformation of his own. Black Star is a tribute to the artists we've lost to addiction and a call for each of us to help those who are currently struggling.

The Black Star Film will premier at the 2018 Illuminate Film Festival. You can watch the trailer to the film here, or watch the full film here now.

About Us:

Founder & Producer: Joe Polish

Joe Polish is the founder of Genius Network and GeniusX, President of Piranha Marketing Inc, Creator of the Genius Network Interview Series, and Co-Founder of and, two highly popular free podcasts on iTunes. Joe’s marketing expertise has been utilized to build thousands of businesses and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients, ranging from large corporations to small family-owned businesses. Known for his entrepreneurial focus on value creation, connection, and contribution, Joe’s leadership is the reason he’s one of the most sought after marketers alive today. Joe has helped raise over $3 million for Virgin Unite, Sir Richard Branson’s foundation. His current philanthropic endeavors include, and Genius Recovery. Joe’s mission is to help change the global conversation surrounding addiction and addicts from one of judgement to one of compassion. Read Joe's Open Letter on the Genius Recovery site and check out the Recovery Resources available.

Akira Chan, Renee Airya - Founders, Rare Media, Artists For Addicts media

Akira Chan, documentary filmmaker, and Renee Airya, brain tumor survivor and international speaker, formed Rare Media as a platform to produce stories that matter. Rare stands for Revolutionary, Artistic, Relevant, Enchanting, which is their approach to working with leading authors, artists, and entrepreneurs. Artists For Addicts is one of their most passionate and personal projects on a subject that is incredibly important. They look forward to other artists, creatives, and filmmakers joining them in this cause.


Join us on the journey. Together, We'll Unite Art + Addiction Recovery.

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Mini Print

8” x 8” Inner Cover Acrylic Custom Painted Cut-Out

Black and White Cover Image of Blackstar, with Inner Cover Acrylic Custom Painted Cut-Out from the Blackstar Print.

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AFA T-Shirt

100% Cotton - Sizes: Small-XL

Wear your Support! “Love cures people. Both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” In mirror image letters on the front. AFA logo on the back.

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