Just over a year after launching our 50 State Initiative, we held The For Freedoms Congress. Hosted in LA in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Japanese American National Museum, Hammer Museum, Crenshaw Dairy Mart, Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and other arts institutions around the city, FFCon delivered an engaging series of artist-led programs and workshops that built upon Los Angeles' historic role as the birthplace and driver of important artistic-led cultural movements over the decades. Along with closed-door sessions with For Freedoms partners, the Congress included four public Town Hall programs curated and co-hosted by Sankofa.org and a public day of programming on March 1 at the Hammer Museum. Artists led For Freedoms’ “delegates” from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico in building a collective artists’ platform for public action to supercharge civic engagement in their communities leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election. Delegates were made up of our artistic collaborators, institutional and organizational partners, and funders. Together we strengthened connections within our network, and collectively developed the Creative Plan of Action.
Program and Session Leaders
MEASURING IMPACT: WHEN PEOPLE FEEL INCLUDED THEY PARTICIPATE IN OUR DEMOCRACY — We partnered with the Perception Institute and researchers at NYU to measure the impact of 2018's 50 State Initiative. The results were inspiring. When we inject art and artists in our political process, people feel included, and they want to participate civically - from town halls, to online comments, to voting. ART HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BRING TOGETHER A DIVIDED AMERICA. Please click here for the results.
The public events and town halls will take place in Los Angeles, CA between The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, The Japanese American National Museum, and Hammer Museum.
From February 28 to March 1, 2020 in Los Angeles, artists will lead For Freedoms’ “delegates” from around the country in building a collective artists’ platform for public action in order to supercharge civic engagement in their communities leading up to 2020 Presidential Election. Our delegates are made up of institutional and organizational partners, artistic collaborators, funders, libraries, and colleges/universities. We aim to strengthen connections between the artists and organizations within our network; share, learn, and collectively plan for 2020.
The public events are open to everyone. This includes a series of town halls and Sunday’s programming at the Hammer Museum.
Attendance at all public For Freedoms Congress events is free.
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