Dept of Studio Arts Collaborates with 50 State Initiative For Freedoms
From October 22 - November 3, 2018, the UNT Department of Studio Art's Art In Public course collaborated with the 50 State Initiative For Freedoms to engage in a public discourse around the theme of freedom prior to the mid-term elections.
Under the direction of Assistant Professor Alicia Eggert, students created lawn signs and installed them on Oak Street in order to advocate for inclusivity in civic participation.
Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms is a platform for creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. 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’ exhibitions, installations, and public programs use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to advocate for equality, dialogue, and civic participation. As a nexus between art, politics, commerce, and education, For Freedoms aims to inject anti-partisan, critical thinking that fine art requires into the political landscape through programming, exhibitions, and public artworks. In 2018, For Freedoms launched the 50 State Initiative: the largest creative collaboration in U.S. history.