We believe citizenship is defined by participation, not by ideology.

Through non-partisan nationwide programming, we use art as a vehicle for participation to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values. We are a hub for artists, arts partners, and citizens who want to be more engaged in public life.

What we do


For Freedoms outdoor activations invite artists to use the tools of art and advertising to encourage civic engagement. We believe that if artists’ voices replace advertising across the country, public discourse will become more nuanced.

Town Halls

Traditionally used by politicians as forums to connect with their constituencies, answer questions, and promote their campaigns, For Freedoms Town Halls provide safe platforms for conversations that seek to encourage a more active, collaborative, inclusive, and empathetic community. Town Halls bring together experts in various disciplines such as art, design, policy making, and community organizing in cities across the country to discuss issues related to freedom.


For Freedoms exhibitions engage local perspectives on Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: affirming the inalienable human rights of freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

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This year, For Freedoms has launched the largest creative collaboration in our nation's history, the 50 State Initiative. From September to November of 2018, concurrent decentralized public events across the country will reflect a multiplicity of voices and spark a national dialogue about art, education, commerce, and politics.


In 2018, For Freedoms launched the largest creative collaboration in our nation's history, the
 50 State Initiative. During the midterm election season, we held over 600 concurrent decentralized public events across the country with over 250 partners that reflected a multiplicity of voices and sparked a national dialogue about art, education, commerce, and politics. On our platform, you’ll see all of the incredible activations that happened this past fall, in addition to others that the For Freedoms community continues to put on today.

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Closing Event for Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York

Please join us the evening of March 28th at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse! The gallery will be open late (5:30 to 7:30pm) for the closing of the exhibition in the Sifton Gallery, Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Girls of New York.This exhibition from the Incorrigibles project, investigates the past and present of girls incarceration starting in New York. The project was launched by artist Alison Cornyn. Included are archival images and documentation from the New York State Training School for Girls, oral histories of women who were incarcerated there in the 1960’s and 70’s, and a short film about the history of girls’ incarceration.The exhibition also features work by artist Beth Thielen, known for her one-of-a-kind artists books and public art projects; embroidery by Diana Weymar, paintings by Aaliyah Mandley, and written works by girls and women who currently are or formerly were incarcerated.This event is made in partnership with the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse and For Freedoms, and is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and Humanities New York. Incorrigibles is fiscally sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts.Link: Eventbrite invitationLocationCharles P. Sifton Gallery, Brooklyn Federal Courthouse225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201Regular gallery hours are 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday-FridayThe exhibition will close on March 29thFeel free to email us with any questions at [email protected] 
March 28, 2019
50StatePartner Exhibition

PACK OUR BAGS: an installation/performance by Elisa Hamilton

Pack Our Bags is an interactive installation in which the public is invited to help The Traveler pack a suitcase filled with the values that will lay the groundwork for our next world. In this exploratory installation, the public is encouraged to examine concept sculptures created by the artist and place the objects either in the suitcase for the Traveler to take, or on the floor to leave behind. All are also invited to examine and re-evaluate what others chose to pack, and to re-place objects as they deem necessary. This interactive piece debuted as part of "Interstellar Sanctuary" at the Mills Gallery, Boston in Spring of 2018, and was redeveloped for "Nine Moments for Now" at the Cooper Gallery, Cambridge in Fall of 2018.
April 1, 2019

Workshop: How to Make a Difference With Your Photography

March 29th 3-5pm Age requirement: 15 years Limited to 12 participants. First come first serve; RSVP to [email protected] For Freedoms team member and award-winning published photographer, Wyatt Gallery will host a workshop to explore how to have an impact in your community using photography. All levels welcome, however, participants must be over 15 years old to attend and must be prepared to bring in prints or digital images to show in this critique and conversational-style workshop.
March 29, 2019

To Be Seen and Not Heard

This self portrait series shines a light on mental health by way of how we are seen versus how we see ourselves. It is a call to see past the surfaces of ourselves and one another.. It is a call to chose empathy over sympathy.
50StatePartner Exhibition FreedomFromFear Other

I Am My Sister's Keeper

Sisterhood can be defined as the relationship between sisters; the feeling of kinship with and closeness to a group of women or all women; or an association, society, or community of women linked by a common interest, religion, or trade. The true voice of sisterhood can be found in the silence amongst women that hold space for one another. The photographs in this gallery highlight sisterhood through the lens of a black women, mother, lover, friend, and photographer.

Jillian Marie Rock

Jillian M Rock is a multidisciplinary artist currently pursuing a degree in English Literature at Kean University. Her current work utilizes documentary photography and printmaking to explore issues surrounding the transition of life to death, addiction and homelessness. She is also working to complete a book of poetry and essays entitled “The Fullness of the Circle”. Her photography has been exhibited at galleries such as Project For Empty Space and Gallery Aferro, located in Newark, NJ. Jillian serves on the Board of Directors for the Newark Print Shop and resides in Newark with her two daughters.
50StatePartner Exhibition FreedomFromFear Other


SHOW OPENS 3/21/19 FROM 6:30PM to 8:30PM AT THE ICP MUSEUM (250 BOWERY). Museum is PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH during the openingIn the aftermath of our fall 2018 50 State Initiative campaign—noted by Time as the largest creative collaboration in our nation’s history—we are celebrating the beta launch of our new digital platform with a DIY-exhibition centered around the Freedom from Fear. Curated from over 100 submissions received in under two weeks through our online open call, IT IS A MIRACLE THAT WE ARE STANDING HERE is a visionary compilation of work by emerging artists who celebrate the resilience of their communities, subvert and complicate narrow notions of contemporary identity, and investigate the altered narratives and power systems that pervade their lives.Both a celebration and an elegy, the show title—inspired by the series from selected artist John William Murphy—alludes to the forces of empowerment, love, and disenfranchisement that have brought us to where we are today.Featured artists include: José A. Alvarado Jr., Emile Askey, Nilargha Chatterjee, Jorly Flores, Jazmine Dior Johnson, Amanda D. King x Shooting Without Bullets, John William Murphy, Terrance Purdy Jr., Buku Sarkar, and Guanyu Xu.
March 21, 2019
Exhibition FreedomFromFear

Emily Wang

Emily Wang is an artist and musician.

Double Double: Chinese Knots Making Workshop

Emily Wang and Alice Sparkly Kat will lead a workshop on making various traditional Chinese knots, which symbolize both struggle and unity. By attaching stories of oppression to knots, participants form a constellation of stories throughout generations and varying waves of immigration and struggle, into an amulet and good luck charm. Emily Wang is a visual artist, musician and astrology and tarot practitioner. She has recently shown at Practice, Yonkers, 80WSE, New York and Assembly Room, New York. She performs under the moniker Lima Rei and with the band dies smely at music festivals and different venues around New York City. Alice Sparkly Kat is a queer astrologer of color with four years of experience in individual consultation, lectures, workshops, and writing. They use astrology to speculate on the ways culture inhabits biology. To them, astrology is a process of imagining the cultural alien through the metaphor of outer space. Their website is alicesparklykat.com No RSVP required, this workshop is free and open to the public at the For Freedoms exhibition space. Thursday Night, ICP's Pay as You Wish museum rates apply from 6 - 9pm. Emily Wang 和 Alice Sparkly Kat 将会带领一个制作各种传统中国结的工作坊。中国结同时象征着奋斗和团结。 通过把受压迫的故事和中国结联系到一起,参与者可以把多个世代的一系列故事以及移民和奋斗的种种浪潮编结成为护身符和幸运符。 Emily Wang 是一位视觉艺术家、音乐家、占星师和塔罗占卜师。她最近曾在纽约的 Practice、Yonkers、80WSE、New York 和Assembly Room 展出。她以绰号 Lima Rei 表演,和乐队 Dies Smely 在音乐节和纽约市的不同场地演出。 Alice Sparkly Kat 是同志、有色人种、占星家,拥有四年的个人 咨询、讲座、工作坊和写作经验。彼等用占星术来推测文化栖息的生活形态。 对彼等而言,占星术是通过星际间的象征来想像侨民文化的过程。 其网站为 alicesparklykat.com Emily Wang 和 Alice Sparkly Kat 將會帶領一個製作各種傳統中國結的工作坊。中國結同時象徵著奮鬥和團結。通過把受壓迫的故事和中國結聯繫在一起,參與者可以把多個世代的一系列故事以及移民和奮鬥的種種浪潮編結成護身符和幸運符。 Emily Wang 是一位視覺藝術家、音樂家、占星師和塔羅占卜師。她最近曾在紐約的Practice、Yonkers、80WSE、New York 和 Assembly Room 展出。她以綽號 Lima Rei 表演,和樂隊 Dies Smely 在音樂節和紐約市的不同場地演出。 Alice Sparkly Kat 是同志、有色人種、占星家,擁有四年的個人諮詢、講座、工作坊和寫作經驗。彼等用占星術來推測文化棲息的生活形態。對彼等而言,占星術是通過星際間的象徵來想像僑民文化的過程。其網站為 alicesparklykat.com
March 14, 2019
Public Program

Alice Sparkly Kat

Alice Sparkly Kat is a queer astrologer of color with four years of experience in individual consultation, lectures, workshops, and writing. They use astrology to speculate on the ways culture inhabits biology. To them, astrology is a process of imagining the cultural alien through the metaphor of outer space. This work has inhabited MoMA, Philadelphia Art Museum, and Hauser and Wirth. Their Astrology and Storytelling book (for sale on their website) is a workbook where readers write a work of fiction based on what the sky looked like at the time and place of their birth. Follow them on Instagram at @alicesparklykat for memes and other ephemeral content or read through their website at www.alicesparklykat.com for astrological lessons, articles, worksheets, and other resources. After astrology helped them with a bad breakup, they began to do readings for loved ones before beginning to charge for it. Since their initial interest, astrology has become a way to excavate their family history through colonialism in a new language.


Released in April 2018, RE(ORIENT) is an ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS original documentary series highlighting Asian Pacific Islander-American (APIA) artists and activists in Boston. Filmed, directed, and edited by Katytarika Bartel, the series aims to challenge singular-narrative representation of Asian Americans in art and media through its three subjects: poet and designer Ricky Orng, activist and artist Dahn Bi Lee-Hong, and singer-songwriter Haezy. ​ RE(ORIENT) was an Official Selection of the Boston Asian American Film Festival in 2018. The full series is available for rent and purchase on Vimeo.
Exhibition FreedomFromFear

Katytarika Bartel

Katytarika Bartel is a filmmaker, photographer, and educator based in Cambridge, MA. Her work is dedicated to creating spaces for marginalized voices, specifically those of queer women of color. ​ Katy is mixed race Thai-American, and was born in Los Gatos, California. She is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Her work has been featured in the Boston Asian American Film Festival and received nominations and awards the Emerson College EVVY Awards. Behind the lens, Katy is the co-founder and co-director of theBoston-based art collective, ANGRY ASIAN GIRLS, which works actively in the community to promote and uplift the narratives of APIA young folks. ​ Katy currently teaches film, photography, and spoken word poetry at the Teen Program at Castle Square Tenants Organization, where she has worked as a teaching artist since 2017.

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