Art and politics converge in new campaign; NBMAA involved

Published on Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:29
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Museum of American Art has formed a partnership with For Freedoms to be part of a national public art and political action campaign that encourages conversations of national issues through art.

According to a press release from For Freedoms, the company announced the launch of a 50 state initiative, a campaign that will bring together about 200 partners and 175 artists.

Some of the partners of For Freedoms will be museums, universities, libraries, nonprofit organizations, galleries, and media companies.

The purpose of the project is to put together billboards, town hall meetings, and special exhibitions to encourage participation and dialogue during election season.

For Freedoms launched 52 starting campaigns called kickstarters to place artist designed billboards in every state and Puerto Rico. For Freedoms wants to empower art institutions such as the Museum of American Art to be leaders in civic engagement.

Campaigns will have a goal of $3,000, with a single reward level of $10.

The campaigns will close on July 3, and the billboards and public programming will be active from September to December of the current year.

“Art is vital to democracy and we want to bring it to the center of public life,” Eric Gottesman, For Freedoms co-founder, said. “Key to the 50 State Initiatives are our local partners across the country. We have joined with artists, museums, arts spaces, and schools to spur civic conversations focused more on the future than on the present or the past.”

More information about For Freedoms can be found on its website at

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:29. Updated: Thursday, 7 June 2018 21:44.