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.

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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.

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Elena K

Visual effects and video editor based in New Zealand. Standing for human rights and equality.
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us, in part

"us, in part" is a meditation on the body and on photographic representation. I create these images through multiple exposures, physically masking the negative to hide and reveal certain parts of the body. In my process, I am interested in the unexpected connections that are formed between people, creating a new form of portraiture that aims to slow down the way we process photographic information.
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May
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Sydney King, us, in part

Images and installations from us, in part and Photographic Columns by Sydney King are now on view as a part of our residency at the International Center of Photography Museum.us, in part is a meditation on the body and on photographic representation. King creates images through multiple exposures, physically masking the negative to hide and reveal certain parts of the body. In King’s process, she is interested in the unexpected connections that are formed between people, creating a new form of portraiture that aims to slow down the way we process photographic information.With Photographic Columns, King makes double-sided inkjet prints rolled into cylinders, displayed in variable size and formation, that seek to inspire the viewer to look at photographs beyond two-dimensionality.–Sydney King (b. 1995, San Francisco, California) is an artist working primarily in large format photography. Her work explores methods of unlearning photographic vision through intervening with the way the camera takes in light. King received her B.A. in Art & Archaeology from Princeton University in 2017, and attended the Yale School of Art Norfolk residency in 2016. Her work has been exhibited with the Dean Collection, Chashama, Site:Brooklyn, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and others. She will be a resident at VCCA in the summer of 2019.
May 14, 2019
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Sydney M King

Sydney King (b. 1995, San Francisco, California) is an artist working primarily in large format photography. Her work explores methods of unlearning photographic vision through intervening with the way the camera takes in light. King received her B.A. in Art & Archaeology from Princeton University in 2017, and attended the Yale School of Art Norfolk residency in 2016. Her work has been exhibited with the Dean Collection, Chashama, Site:Brooklyn, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and others. She will be a resident at VCCA in the summer of 2019.
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Deborah Paswaters

Deborah Paswaters is a visual and multi-media artist whose Abstract and Figurative style conveys the human figure through her evolving creations. She captures the pure energy of human essence, where pose equates an energy and emotion to be interpreted by each viewer.
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Art Village Gallery

Art Village Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery deliberate in its efforts to be a cultural destination as a means to enlighten and socially connect its surrounding neighborhood and broader community to different cultures using the common language and critical engagement of art .
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Lisette Morales

Photographer
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May
activation

For Freedoms Town Hall: Love is a Political Act

FREE & Open to all We are all children and most of us will serve in a parental role at some point in our lives. How do these experiences shape our ability to love and support strangers? How can we support parent/child relationships to improve community care in general? On Saturday, May 11, we invite you to take part in our eighth For Freedoms Town Hall. Called Love is a Political Act, the community conversation will emphasize the role of compassion and empathy in our democracy. Held on Mother's Day weekend and in relation to our 50th anniversary exhibition Sunrise that honors our founders through works selected by their daughters, this Town Hall looks at the love and struggle between parents and children as key relationships that influence, for better or worse, how we understand, engage with, show compassion for, and love others. A diverse group of speakers will share their stories and work in relation to this topic. Author of She’s My Father (2018), Brooklyn-based, evangelical pastor Jonathan Williams will reflect on his experience with the gender transition of his dad, evangelical pastor Paula Williams. Artist Zun Lee will discuss his project, Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood (2011-15), in which the artist built trusted relationships and immersed himself in the lives of several African American fathers to explore how they negotiate their roles as fathers and black men. CEO and founder of Cleveland’s Birthing Beautiful Communities, Christin Farmer will share her experience strengthening family units through education, health access, and pre- and post-natal support and resources. Poet and artist Julie Ezelle Patton will present her work and reflect on its connection and engagement with her mother, the late Cleveland-based painter Virgie Patton. The program will be moderated by M. Carmen Lane, artist, certified doula, and founder of ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership. This event is presented in partnership with The City Club of Cleveland and For Freedoms; artist and For Freedoms co-founder Eric Gottesman will participate in the conversation as well. For more information about MOCA Cleveland and the panelists please see the link below https://www.mocacleveland.org/programs/freedoms-town-hall-love-political-act
May 11, 2019
Town Hall
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suprina kenney-troche

My work pushes to be a catalyst for discussion around Social, Political, and Environmental themes. I create using ‘theatrical’ visuals that invite the viewer in. Because of the almost Carnival feel of my work, people feel free to explore and respond. Opening minds, creating new questions, or at the very least holding a mirror up for the viewer to feast-on is the end goal. I celebrate us, and our absurdity. We are beautiful, horrid, tragic, and profoundly funny.
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Royalty

Royalty shows what identity is at the root — textured with culture, history and commentary. With its kaleidoscopic cultural lens, the video illuminates the multifaceted nature of Blackness. It’s as African as it is American, and everything in between, bringing to life the soul that lives through and across diasporic distances.
Billboard Exhibition Public Program
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Eli Fola

As the creator and pioneer of the genre, Yoruba Tech Soul— a fusion of traditional Nigerian sounds, electronic, jazz, house, and classical music — Eli adds a modern twist with tinges of traditionality in everything he makes. Having released his first project in 2016, in 2017, he went on to make his TED Conference debut under TedxCuny as a speaker and performer, focusing on how music can be used to reconcile and highlight differences in culture and identity. He’s performed at the Art Basel No Commission event in Miami, opening for Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, ASAP Rocky, and Swizz Beatz. Eli’s work and name have graced the pages of publications such as Wonderland Magazine, Fashion Glossary UK, Okayplayer, Okayafrica, and Milk Media, and recently mentioned as an act to watch in The New York Times.
Billboard Exhibition
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Help Mummyji's Breast Cancer Treatment

The last time I went to meet the girls. Mummy-ji was staying at one of her sister's because she was going through a series of medical tests. She had been unwell for two months now and the doctors couldn't find anything. I messaged the girls yesterday evening to see how they were doing. I hadn't heard from them in a week, which is unusual. Mummy-ji replied. Then she called. She had been diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. They are collecting all the money they can to go for medical care in Chennai. I will go see Mummy-ji in a few hours. The girls will not be there. They are staying at another aunt's farther away in Topsia. I won't know what to say. And I'm wondering if it's proper to give her a hug or not. She asked me to help her so I will be giving her something to cover the costs. I'm wondering if it's worth the while to set up a fundraiser for her. Mummy-ji's cancer is curable. It is only in Stage 1. But what prevents them are the medical costs. If you've enjoyed the stories of the Laundry Ladies over the years or even if you are just reading about it, please consider helping this family. The Girls will be eternally grateful. You can donate at: https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/Mummyji Saturday Morning Laundry Ladies, Calcutta One Saturday morning, I happened upon a group of ladies, in the slum, doing their washing. I asked if I could photograph them. They agreed. A few days later, I returned, to give them prints. They were thrilled and invited me into their homes to take more photographs- photographs of their children, visiting siblings, cousins, friends; photographs of them cooking and playing and getting ready for New Years Eve. I took back more prints. They requested more shoots. And so it went on. I visit them almost every week. I call them my Saturday Morning Laundry Ladies.
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