For Freedoms is an artist-run initiative founded in 2016 by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman. Their work has been seen on billboards, posters, in the news and at public events, and it addresses fundamental questions about the link between our culture and our politics. For the 2018 midterm elections, the initiative is building the largest creative collaboration in the history of the United States by commissioning artists to take over 50 billboards across all 50 states (and beyond).
The 50 State Initiative is a new phase of programming from September through December 2018 during the lead-up to the midterm elections. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners who will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues in order to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, the hope is that these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.
Here at the Pizzuti Collection, we have joined the movement as a partner along with hundreds of other museums, universities, libraries, nonprofit organizations, galleries, and media companies with a shared goal of empowering everyone across the United States fo feel welcome in civic conversations. Artists practice free speech every day, and art plays an important role in galvanizing us to meet, talk, and share with our fellow inhabitants of this country. It’s time we come together, raise our concerns, and move towards a more representative form of self-governance.
Take a look at the Kickstarter and learn how to help bring the largest creative collaboration in US history to life.