For Freedoms

What does freedom mean to you?

Join us on Voorhees Mall from September 25-October 1 to make your voice heard! Come fill out a lawn sign declaring your definition of freedom and place it among the hundreds that will be displayed on the mall. This event is part of the 50 State Initiative organized by For Freedoms. Inspired by politician’s campaign signage, For Freedoms lawn sign activations encourage participants to produce and publicly display their own definition of freedom by filling out signs that say: Freedom Of..., Freedom From..., Freedom For..., and Freedom To…

Pick up a lawn sign at our tent on the mall, Tuesday-Friday from 9am-4pm, or in the lobby of the Zimmerli Art Museum. Voter registration forms and information will also be available at both locations to prepare you for the upcoming November elections.

About For Freedoms

For Freedoms started in 2016 as a platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings of the four universal freedoms articulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941 — freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear — For Freedoms seeks to use art to deepen public discussions of civic issues and core values, and to clarify that citizenship in American society is deepened by participation, not by ideology. For Freedoms is part of a rich history of artists employing means of mass communication to provoke political discourse. For Freedoms believes art, and artists, play an important role in galvanizing our society towards a more representative and transparent government.

About the 50 State Initiative

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, the civic engagement platform 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 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, we 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 more information, visit www.forfreedoms.org.

Organized by the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA), Rutgers Student Affairs, and the Eagleton Institute of Politics, New Brunswick, New Jersey