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...

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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.

Community Feed

artist

Matthew

Matthew DeNicola
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Heya

Heya is a multimedia project using photography and videography to portray a celebration of ethnic identity and redefinition of gender roles within the culture. Participants in the project are young-adult Arab women, whose origins’ from the different twenty-two Arab countries, migrants or born to Arab parent(s), of different religious believes (Muslim, Jew, Christian and atheists), celebrating their ethnic identity by turning away from widely accepted norms and embracing a revolutionary attitudes and ideology of their gender role in the Arab culture. “Resisting is existing” said Kamelya one of the subjects “critiquing the culture allow me to assert my existence and owning my identity”. Heya will open windows into the lives of non traditional Arab Women who praise their culture and find a way to exist through it by breaking expectation and redefining their rules. The portraitures and video interviews invite the viewer to embark in a journey of memory and present with each subject sharing their space, experience and quest of identity.
Exhibition
artist

Daniel Shieh

I create interactive artworks that encourage participants to view each other in a different perspective.
5
Jul
activation

Four | For Freedoms

Ogden First will exhibit twelve For Freedoms billboards and activate their community with For Freedoms lawn signs. The exhibit, titled FOUR | FOR FREEDOMS opens with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 5 at PLATFORMS, at 25th Street and Adams Avenue, as part of the city’s First Friday Art Stroll and is on display through the end of August. Billboards include: Hank Willis Thomas: Us is Them Hank Willis Thomas: They Are US Hank Willis Thomas: All Li es Matter Paula Crown: Hurt People Hurt People Mitch Epstein: The Common Air For Freedoms: Four Freedoms Eric Gottesman: Where Do We Go From Here Zoe Buckman: Grab Em By The Ballots Zoe Buckman: Inaction is Apathy Sanford Biggers: Just Us
July 5, 2019
Exhibition
partner

The City Club of Cleveland

The City Club of Cleveland is one of the nation's great free speech forums. A product of the Progressive Era, the City Club was founded in 1912 and are one of the nation's oldest continuous independent free speech forums, renowned for our tradition of debate and discussion. For more than a hundred years, all of our speakers — from sitting presidents to community activists — have answered unfiltered, unrehearsed questions directly from the audience.
50StatePartner
artist

Amira Karaoud

Born in Tunisia in 1978, Karaoud left the country to New York in 2002. After ten years career in Wall Street, she pursued her dream to become photojournalist. In 2011, she covered stories of the Tunisian Revolution, including protests and the Libyan refugee crisis. In 2013, she documented stories on women’s roles in their communities around the world, focusing particularly on tribal communities in Oceania and Asia, including tribes from Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, Louisiade Achipelago islands in Papua New Guinea, where she sailed for two months to live with tribes, and the Hmong in Sapa, in Northern Vietnam. In 2014, her exhibition Ligne Rouge on women’s rights and access to public spaces around the world, toured Tunisia, Finland, France, and the US. Since then she has produced, exhibited and published work on women’s labor and exploitation in rural areas of Tunisia and Southeast Asia. In 2016 she received the first prize for photography at the Chouftouhouna Festival in Tunisia and received grants from the Great Meadows Foundation. In 2017, she presented her work on displaced Palestinians in to the American Anthropologist Association conference in Washington DC. In 2018, she won the International Photography Contest Shining a Light award, organized by the UNHCR and the Women’s Refugee Commission. In same year her photo essay on womanhood and nationhood of Sahraoui women was published in Advances in Gender Research. She received same year grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and Great Meadows Foundation as well as a scholarship from International Center of Photography to purse one year certificate in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism. During her year at ICP, 2019, Karaoud worked on the project Heya, celebrating Arab women, living in the US, identity and redefinition of gender roles through series of portraits.
Exhibition Public Program
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Freedom from Fear; Women in Politics

Two women who are living examples of what it means to be an advocate, an ally and a revolutionary for everyday people; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Tiffany Cabán. As a Congresswoman and Queens District Attorney frontrunner, these progressive latinas use their power and platform to speak truth to injustice, systemic racism and immigrants' rights; they are my heroes.
FreedomFromFear
artist

Nicole Millman

Female photojournalist documenting history as it happens as well as women in the male-dominated field of politics.
FreedomFromFear
gallery

Taking Aim

Power, Gender, Firearms
artist

Linda Lighton

My visual thoughts swing from social issues and fear of humanity growing cold to a celebration of the wonder of life. My vision has come to be a plea for respect, dignity and a connection with other peoples. I want to visualize my hopes and fears and enlarge our circle of understanding. My work has mostly been based in organic forms from nature. Lately however, a mother's worries about the world has subsumed my reverence for the natural world and wondered at the glorification of violence and the elements that inflict them. Guns seem to be flowering like weeds with a reverence for brute force and a resistance to humanity. What I have found is that you cannot have democracy at the end of a gun. Democracy is founded on civility and civil discourse. In 'Taking Aim,' I offer viewers an invitation to partake in this very loaded topic.
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Not My America

A poster series giving awareness to gross injustices currently taking place in the U.S.
Other
artist

Brandon McNeely

Visual Art Director with a hobby of creating activist posters.

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