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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Miles Fidelman

Systems Architect, Entrepreneur, Policy Wonk. Lives in Acton MA, Married, 5 Kids & Stepkids. 66 Years Old, MIT '75.
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Lisa L. Cole

Lisa Cole writes screenplays, directs shorts and is working on her directorial feature film debut She ALSO: *lived with 201 host families in 12 countries in 3 years *Dreams of owning a Mezcalaria and believes she must have Latin ancestry, although 23andme and Ancestry.com both claim she has none *breastfed her adopted infant daughter for fifteen months much to the bewilderment of medical professionals, who really should know better
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Arun Bahl

Exploring the application of collective creative and logistic strengths to make an inter-ideology case for equality, dignity, and a return to fact-based discourse.
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Pedro Reyes

Photograph by Maria Baranova
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Paula Crown

Photograph by Maria Baranova
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Nekisha Durrett

Photograph by Maria Baranova
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Duke Riley

Photograph by Maria Baranova
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Christine Wong Yap

Photograph by Maria Baranova
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Christine Sun Kim

Photograph by Maria Baranova
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Carrie Mae Weems

Photograph by Maria Baranova
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17
May
activation

For Freedoms x Times Square Arts x Poster House - PSA Campaign

For Freedoms, Times Square Arts, and Poster House are pleased to announce the second phase of our multi-city campaign, which is on view on digital displays throughout all five boroughs of New York City and on JCDeaux screens in New York, Boston and Chicago. Each artwork acknowledges the continued service of essential workers.Artists includes; Alixa Garcia, Carrie Mae Weems, Christine Sun Kim, Christine Wong Yap, Duke Riley, Jenny Holzer, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, G.O.N.G. with Mel Chin, Nekisha Durrett, Paula Crown, Pedro Reyes, and Xaviera Simmons.The designs and artworks are on view on digital billboards and screens throughout New York City, kicking off in Times Square on screens provided by Morgan Stanley, American Eagle, Maefield Development, and Branded Cities' NASDAQ and Thomson Reuters displays, and expanding to all five boroughs through 1,774 LinkNYC kiosks, F.Y. eye screens in New York's settlement houses, senior centers, food pantries, and health clinics, JCDecaux screens, Pearl Media billboards at Atlantic Terminal, and all digital spaces donated to the project.
May 17, 2020
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25
Sep
activation

For Freedoms Sign Project + Voter Registration Drive

The Tang Teaching Museum, Student Government Association, and For Freedoms will be registering Saratoga Springs residents to vote at this non-partisan, artist-led voter registration drive on Tuesday, September 25, which is also National Voter Registration Day. The Skidmore SGA will also be registering students to vote. The event will launch the exhibition, For Freedoms, and is held in conjunction with the art and activism exhibition Give a damn. Visitors will be provided the opportunity to create a free yard sign on which they can write what they give a damn about. The lawn signs are a collaboration with For Freedoms, founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, and begin with one of four phrases that you can complete: Freedom Of _____ Freedom From _____ Freedom For _____ Freedom To _____ Visitors will be invited to have their signs installed outside the Tang, where they will stay on view as part of a public art project through the November election. Those who wish to display their signs at their own homes are encouraged to share images of their signs on social media with the hashtags #ForFreedoms and #TangMuseum. All materials will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.
September 25, 2018
50StatePartner

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