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.

Freedom Quilts

Lawn Signs

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 700 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 700 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

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Evie Kay

daughter of artists - engineer - dreamer
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Rich Bergskaug

Teacher and Freedom Fighter !
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Adrianne Koteen

Curator of Public Practice at Queens Museum
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Beverly Lafontaine

Poet
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Elisabeth Callihan

Elisabeth Callihan is an educator and catalyst for change. She is the Head of Multi-Generational Learning at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), where she leads a team in co-creating arts-based experiences with community organizations and stakeholders. Prior to Mia, she oversaw public programming at institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and the Center for Southern Folklore; and was Co-Director and Curator of the alternative multi-media art space Odessa Projects. She holds a BA in art history from the University of Evansville; an MA in fine and decorative art from Sotheby’s Institute London. She is the co-founder of the Museum As Site for Social Action (MASS Action) project, and the author of several articles exploring museums and social engagement that have appeared in Apollo Magazine, the Journal of Museum Education, and the book Partnership Power: Essential Museum Strategies for Today’s Networked World.
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Resilience

Resilience is a submersive experience that invites participants from all over the world to live out an imagined reality of the year 2032: 12 years from now, 2 years after the UN’s Sustainable development goals are due, and on the brink of another US presidential election.Resilience is a submersive experience that invites participants from all over the world to live out an imagined reality of the year 2032: 12 years from now, 2 years after the UN’s Sustainable development goals are due, and on the brink of another US presidential election.
Other Public Program
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Lonnie Graham

Installation artist, Photographer, Social/Cultural Activist since 1989
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LITT

LITT, the Library Initiative for Teens and Tweens, is an independent project to support library programs and spaces for teens and tweens in underserved and diverse Massachusetts communities. LITT partners with teen services librarians to help them implement new and existing programs, create vibrant, supportive, and affirming teen library spaces, and acquire the materials, food, stipends, transportation and other services they need to engage their teen constituents and broaden their reach.
Lawn Signs
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Elmer Holt

In search of respectful dialogue and peaceful conclusions.
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3/2 Freedom of Speech

HOSTED AT THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM. RSVP SUGGESTED.We are inundated with discussion of Freedom Speech across party lines, with so many Americans interpreting—and taking ownership of—the First Amendment in immensely varied ways. What does FDR’s Freedom of Speech and Expression mean now for us? In partnership with CAAM, IDEA (Institute for Diversity & Empowerment at Annenberg) and the University of Southern California’s RAP (Race, Arts, & Placemaking) Initiative, we will unite artists and activists to discuss Freedom of Speech in anticipation of the 2020 Presidential Election. Featured speakers include Maggie Wheeler, Emile Hassan Dyer and The Golden Bridge Choir, Melina Abdullah, and Edna Chavez. Click here to RSVP.
March 2, 2020
Town Hall
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Mar
activation

3/1 Breaking Point: Intergenerational Families

HOSTED AT HAMMER MUSEUM IN THE BILLY WILDER THEATER.Hosted by ArtChangeUs and the Kennedy Center, Breaking Point is a series of live recorded public conversations at the REACH—the new extension campus of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—that unpacks the present moment of dramatic U.S. demographic and cultural transformation by asserting that a new plurality is not a counternarrative, but the story of our times. The inaugural conversation will feature two artist-parent pairings to discuss the trajectories of their work grounded in their family’s relationship with activism and social change. Kennedy Center’s Marc Bamuthi Joseph will link this intergenerational conversation between Hank Willis Thomas and Deborah Willis, as well as Jamaica Heoli Osorio and Jonathan Osorio. This conversation asks: how can we learn from and teach liberation to those closest to us? The Breaking Point series is presented by and will be live-streamed via the Kennedy Center and ArtChangeUS channels. Interactive conversations will engage the audience and featured guests through in-person and virtual Q&A. A recording of each event will be collaboratively produced by the Kennedy Center and ArtChangeUS as a Podcast collection hosted by the Kennedy Center.
March 1, 2020
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3/1 Freedom of Worship

HOSTED AT THE HAMMER MUSEUM — NIMOY STUDIO. RSVP SUGGESTED.What does it mean to have faith? Freedom of religion is regarded as a fundamental human right, but often we do not consider the larger systems that inhibit, prejudge, or censor religious communities. Do you have faith? Gather with leaders of the Los Angeles Spiritual Community to discuss. Presented by Sankofa.org. Local leaders include Edward Anderson, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Lydia Ponce, Miehrit Kassa, and Maryam Nouh.Click here to RSVP.
March 1, 2020
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