G.O.N.G. (Gathering of Noetic Generation) and the idea for WAVE formed during a call with artist Mel Chin and a team of artists who have previously collaborated with the Fundred Project and Mel Chin Studio. Artists include 2019 MacArthur Fellow Mel Chin (Egypt, NC), whose 2018 show “All Over the Place” covered 5 boroughs of NYC including Times Square; Jacob Brault (Athens, GA), Visual Artist; Pat Clifford (Cincinnati, OH), social worker and consultant for community based organizations and collaboratives; Fabiola R Delgado (Washington, DC), Museum Professional and Independent Curator; Maps Glover (Washington, DC), performance, painter, multi-media artist; Dawne Langford (NYC / Washington DC), independent documentary producer and curator/founder of Quota Arts; Ben Premeaux (Charlotte, NC), artist and Filmmaker at The smARTlab media; MichaelAngelo Rodriguez (Washington, DC), artist working with photography and poetry; Amanda Wiles (Marshall, NC), artist and Director of Fundred Project and S.O.U.R.C.E. Studio; Elijah Williamson (Washington, DC), artist and designer; Naoko Wowsugi (Washington, DC), conceptual artist and faculty, American University. Sound made visible imagery by CymaScope.com, founded by acoustics engineer and pioneer John Stuart Reid.
For Freedoms is a national collective for creative citizenship founded by artists Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas. It is a collaboration between artists, institutions, organizations, and people across the nation who experiment with new and creative pathways to participation. It believes in—and advocates for—creativity as a civic right, participation as a civic duty, and deeper discourse as a catalyst of civic change. And it welcomes all. For Freedoms started in 2016 as a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings of the four universal freedoms articulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—For Freedoms seeks to use art to deepen public discussions of civic issues and core values, and to clarify that citizenship in American society is deepened by participation, not by ideology. For Freedoms is part of a rich history of artists employing means of mass communication to provoke political discourse. For Freedoms believes art and artists play an important role in galvanizing our society towards a more representative and transparent government.