The No Evil Project's mission is to show that people aren't defined by their labels. Through photographs of a variety of people posing as the three wise monkeys, "See No Evil", "Hear No Evil" and "Speak No Evil", along with three labels and a good deed, we take impersonal labels that may have negative stereotypes, and show real people behind them that are improving the community. Doing so in a fun and informal way allows people to be more comfortable talking about traditionally uncomfortable or taboo topics like race, religion, politics, and sexuality to hopefully change some misconceptions or find common ground.
The No Evil Project began on New Year's Day 2011 in Worcester, MA USA by Troy B. Thompson. The concept was in response to media focus on conflict regarding politics, religion, race, and sexuality.
Originally intended to involve only a few diverse people, the scope of the project quickly grew through word of mouth, leading to a public photo booth at Worcester's stART on the Street art festival in the fall of 2011 and the opportunity of a large scale year long exhibit at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. Since that time, the project has been invited to photograph people at public and private events, and work with youth programs to address bullying and colleges regarding diversity.
Current Physical Exhibits
- Full Collection Exhibit features 1,456 participants and is currently on exhibit at the Denholm Building in Worcester, MA.
- Nichols College Exhibit features 60 participants from Nichols College and expands as more people participate.
- Dean College Exhibit features 140 participants from Dean College.
Troy B. Thompson - Troy is the creator of the No Evil Project, where he has photographed over 5,000 people posing as the three wise monkeys to challenge stereotypes and encourage conversation around the topics of race, religion, politics, sexuality, disabilities and more. The project currently has four permanent installations; has photo shoots at festivals, colleges, schools, and other organizations; and facilitates youth programming around labels, self-awareness, and anti-bullying. Troy is the founder of Daedal Creations, Inc. web design and Troy B. Thompson Photography.
Graphics & Style Guide
- Show that anyone can do good, no matter who they are.
No Evil Monkey Logo
For use on promotional material related to the No Evil Project.
Blue No Evil Monkey (EPS)
Blue No Evil Monkey (PNG)
Black No Evil Monkey (EPS)
Black No Evil Monkey (PNG)
Reversed No Evil Monkey (EPS)
Print Quality Photos
- Futura Book or Light: Body Text
- Rock Salt: Headlines