50 STATE INITIATIVE

A billboard that says 'With democracy in the balance there is only one choice'

Since 2016, For Freedoms has produced exhibitions, town hall meetings, billboards and public art to spur greater participation in civic life.

This year, we launch The 50 State Initiative, a new phase of programming from September through December 2018 during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, we hope that these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.

A bus bench by artist Paula Crown 'If you think it is hot now just wait'
As a part of the 50 State Initiative, from June 4th - July 3rd, we are running fifty-two Kickstarter campaigns to raise money for artist-created billboards in all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. Which of the fifty-two will you back? Pledge your support here.

GET THE TOOLKIT

Interested in hosting your own For Freedoms activation or event? Download our toolkit to see how you can bring the 50 State Initiative to your community.