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

Billboards

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.

Exhibitions

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.

Lawn Signs and more...

Participate

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.

50 STATE INITIATIVE & BEYOND

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.

Community Feed

7
Nov
activation

Town Hall Discussion on Art and Activism

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is pleased to announce a special town hall discussion with For Freedoms and Oolite Arts as part of PAMM’s Free Community Night on November 7, 2019 from 7–10pm. Artists Zoë Buckman and Stuart Sheldon will begin by sharing the evolution of their activist practices and personal benchmarks for success, specifically in relation to their billboard projects for the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative, the largest creative collaboration in US history. Buckman and Sheldon will then be joined by Chire Regans “VantaBlack,” visual artist, mother, truth-teller, and activist; Marleine Bastien, social worker, founder and Executive Director of Family Action Network Movement (FANM); Kathryn Mikesell, co-founder of The Fountainhead Residency and Studios; and Dan Gelber, Mayor of Miami Beach. Following the town hall discussion enjoy live DJ sets by Fempower, art-making, and drink specials on the terrace. This event is generously supported by Oolite Arts.
November 7, 2019
Town Hall
gallery

Lawn Signs 2019

For Freedoms Project: Lawn Sign Event For Freedoms is a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. For Freedoms aims to inject anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks. U-Day participants are encouraged to produce change to express their own definition of freedom by filling out For Freedoms lawn signs. Lawn signs will then be publically displayed on campus. Come find our booth at U-Day and fill out your own sign! Thompson Hall Lawn
50StatePartner Lawn Signs
10
Oct
activation

Billboard Mural in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Our THEY ARE US/ US IS THEM billboard mural will be opening in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This is one of For Freedoms' original billboard designs from 2016 by Hank Willis Thomas and Jon Santos. You can find it at the intersection of Flushing Ave and Waverly Ave in Brooklyn, NY.
October 10, 2019
Billboard
artist

Mauricio Fritsch

None
gallery

Lawn Sign Community Party

Waltham teens covered the library's front lawn with a civic art installation representing their hopes for their lives, their communities, their country, and their world. The party included civics games, free snacks, music, and raffles. Teens also helped attendees register to vote and write postcards to future elected officials. Signs will be on display through Election Day on November 5th, 2019.
Lawn Signs
partner

Rodrigo Pereira Ribeiro

I'm trying to create an event
26
Oct
activation

Celebrating our Four Freedoms

Join the Hampstead Public Library to celebrate our freedoms with lawn signs and postcards to write and draw on.
October 26, 2019
Lawn Signs
artist

Sarah Coulter

Manager of School Tours and Youth Programs
6
Feb
activation

Freedom of Worship

Join the Currier Museum of Art and For Freedoms for a town hall discussion on freedom of worship.
February 6, 2020
Town Hall
20
Jan
activation

Accessibility in the Arts: Is Expression Really Free to All?

Join the Currier Museum of Art and For Freedoms for a town hall discussion on accessibility in the arts.
January 20, 2020
Town Hall
8
Dec
activation

Compassion vs. Punishment: Can Addiction be Destigmatized?

Join the Currier Museum of Art and For Freedoms for a town hall discussion on compassion vs. punishment.
December 8, 2019
7
Nov
activation

Immigration and Integration: What is Our Capacity?

Join the Currier Museum of Art and For Freedoms for a town hall discussion on immigration and integration.
November 7, 2019
Town Hall

Our supporters

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