Voice: A For Freedoms Exhibition asks teens in our community to submit artwork that will engage in civic discourse of values, citizenship, and issues concerning our lives today. This exhibition is for students in the community to share their voice in a way that is non-partisan and welcoming to all. Artists will not be judged based on their view point but on the quality of their work based on the rubric below.
This exhibition is in partnership with the For Freedoms 50 State Initiative
Submission deadline – October 4
Selected artwork drop-off deadline – October 21
Exhibition opening and reception – October 26
Exhibition on view – October 26 through November 26
Artwork pick-up window – December 3 through December 17
The Youth Council will select up to 40 works of art to be included into the exhibition. Those selected will have a two-week window to deliver their work to the Museum. Works must be ready to hang. Students are responsible for mounting and arranging delivery and pick-up of art work.* Expert judges will select the first, second, and third place winners. Everyone attending the reception will get to vote on the “People’s Choice” winner.
*The Youth Council will be happy to help with mounting. Email us to let us know how we can help.
To be considered, artwork must meet the following requirements:
The works submitted will be judged based on:
50 State Initiative Project
Since 2016, For Freedoms has produced special exhibitions, town hall meetings, billboards, and lawn sign installations to spur greater participation in civic life. This year, For Freedoms launched its 50 State Initiative, a new phase of programming to encourage broad participation and inspire conversation around November’s midterm elections.
Building off of the existing artistic infrastructure in the United States, For Freedoms has developed a network of over 300 artists and 200 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, For Freedoms hopes that these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.
What is For Freedoms?
For Freedoms is a platform for greater participation in the arts and in civil society. We 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. Founded by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms Federation encourages new forms of critical discourse. Our mission is to use art as a vehicle to build greater participation in American Democracy.
What is the For Freedoms mission?
For Freedoms believes citizenship is defined by participation, not by ideology. For Freedoms believes art can be a vehicle that broadens participation and deepens public discussions of civic issues and core values. For Freedoms is a hub for other artists and arts institutions who want to be more engaged in public life.