Program

For Freedoms

The 50 State Initiative

September - December 2018

Gordon Parks x For Freedoms

Gordon Parks x For Freedoms at Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York, 2018.

Photo by Jessica Bal

Gordon Parks x For Freedoms at Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York, 2018.

Gordon Parks x For Freedoms at Photoville, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York, 2018.

The Gordon Parks Foundation is pleased to contribute to For Freedoms 50 State Initiative, a new phase of programming from September through December 2018 during the lead-up to the midterm elections. For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. They produce exhibitions, installations, public programs, and billboard campaigns to advocate for inclusive civic participation. Inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear— For Freedoms Federation uses art to encourage and deepen public explorations of freedom in the 21st century. Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of artists and institutional partners who 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, they hope that these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.

For Freedoms outdoor activations invite artists to use the tools of art and advertising to encourage civic engagement. They believe that if artists’ voices replace advertising across the country, public discourse will become more nuanced. The Gordon Parks Foundation has contributed two billboard designs to this project, which will be installed at Photoville, an outdoor and accessible photography exhibition in Brooklyn, NY, and another installed in Madison, Wisconsin.