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 institutions, and citizens who want to be more engaged in public life.

What we do

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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

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.

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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.

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AND MORE...

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.

50 state initiative

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.

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50 State Initiative art exhibit
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50 State Initiative art exhibit

From Oct. 8 to 18, the Borland Project Space at Penn State will host an exhibit by Evan Walsh, communications director of the artist-run For Freedoms foundation. For two weeks Walsh will use the space to feature a local iteration of "For Freedoms’ 50 State Initiative," in 125 Borland Building on campus. The 50 State Initiative is a decedent of the For Freedoms campaign. For Freedoms was founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman. It is a platform for creative civic engagement. For Freedoms uses art to facilitate discussions on civic issues and core values. They seek to use this dialogue to advocate for equality and civic participation. The 50 State Initiative is the largest creative art collaboration in U.S. history, it aims to facilitate anti-partisan and critical thinking that you would normally encounter in fine art and inject that into political conversations with the use of programming, exhibitions, and public artwork. Lonnie Graham, artist and professor of art at Penn State, has collaborated with, Walsh to coordinate the installation of the exhibit with Borland Project Space Curator and Director Ann Tarantino. The project is sponsored by Borland Project Space.
October 10, 2018
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R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking
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R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking

HOSTED BY USC, VISION & VOICES:“One guiding principle [of Question Bridge] is that quite a lot is revealed when you are asked to pose what, for you, is a meaningful question….a question reveals what you don't know, what you are willing to discover and also assumptions that may or may not be self-evident.” - Chris Johnson Join us for the opening night of R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking, a six-week video exhibition throughout the Wallis Annenberg Building at USC, with performative and curricular interventions between schools and with community partners. Artists Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas will explore the links between art, pedagogy, and social change with Annenberg Associate Professor Taj Frazier. The exhibition is inspired by Question Bridge: Black Males, an innovative transmedia project that uses video to facilitate a conversation among Black men from diverse backgrounds. Question Bridge started in 1996 when artist Chris Johnson facilitated questions from one segment of the Black community, those who lived in the “hood,” to another segment, “well-off” Black people living outside of the “hood” through videotaped interviews. The project evolved in 2007 with the involvement of artists Hank Willis Thomas, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Kamal Sinclair to focus on Black males specifically. Question Bridge: Black Males has been internationally exhibited and a high school curriculum is being piloted in multiple school districts across the country. Question Bridge will be reinvented for the USC community through R.A.P. Lessons: Bridging Race, Arts, and Placemaking—a multi-site exhibition, conversation, and curriculum that creates a platform for community partners and faculty/students to create their own “Question Bridge” as live or social media engagements, exploring issues of race and identity. For instance, students in classes in Roski and Annenberg Schools will produce their own Question Bridges, under the direction of Johnson, and present these in an exhibition during USC’s Diversity Week, January 14-18. Satellite partnerships will be invited through the on-going community work of RAP (Race, Art, and Placemaking) faculty. As one satellite partnership, youth from nearby Green Dot Schools will create their own responses to Question Bridge. The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook.
January 16, 2019
Public Program
All Things Being Equal: A Hank Willis Thomas book release
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All Things Being Equal: A Hank Willis Thomas book release

The Brooklyn Museum is hosting the release for Hank Willis Thomas' new book, All Things Being Equal this Thursday, January 10th from 7-9pm. Hank will be present and in conversation with art history extraordinaire Kellie Jones! You can register at: https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/hank_willis_thomas_january_2019 Use the checkout code “freedombkm” to get tickets!
January 10, 2019
Public Program
Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Women and Girls of New York
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Jan
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Incorrigibles: Bearing Witness to the Incarcerated Women and Girls of New York

Incorrigibles and the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse invite you to a night of storytelling, discussion, and exploration of the past, present, and future of girls' and women's justice in New York. Join us for this panel event–with formerly incarcerated women, advocates, lawyers, professors, and judges–to learn about and discuss what has been done in the name of justice and protection in New York State, and to imagine what the future of girls’ justice looks like.This event is free and open to the public and is associated with the exhibition currently on view in the Charles P. Sifton Gallery at the Courthouse, which will be open until February 15th, 2019. CLE credit is available for this event. If you are interested in receiving credit, please contact the host after registering using the button on your reservation confirmation.Funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.LocationThe Ceremonial Courtroom, Brooklyn Federal CourthouseUS District Courthouse, Eastern District of New York225 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn, NY 11201Feel free to email us with any questions at [email protected] Sincerely,The Incorrigibles Team
January 31, 2019
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American Institutes of Architects Birmingham

AIA Birmingham’s primary goal is to promote good design and quality in the practice of architecture.
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Class Action Collective & Union of Concerned Scientists

Class Action is a graphic design collective that creates visual messages to advocate social change. The group’s goal is to influence the way public issues are understood and to motivate audiences to participate in civic dialogue. The designers of Class Action initiated, wrote, designed and published these projects collaboratively. The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with people across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.
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Klein Homecoming

This institution is a partner of the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative.
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Stamps Gallery at the University of Michigan

The Stamps Gallery is a dynamic space for the entire community to experience the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design’s scholarship, values, and transdisciplinary creative work. As part of the University of Michigan, Stamps Gallery's exhibitions, publications, and public programs highlight and foster the critical relationship between research and creative practices. They are a non-collecting institution — functioning in the Kunsthalle tradition — committed to deepening the understanding of contemporary art and design practices. They respond to the urgent questions and events of their time, sparking action, inquiry, and conversation.
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