Photo submitted – For Freedoms at the Brooklyn Museum, 2016, courtesy For Freedoms.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces a nonpartisan voter-registration drive and the launch of a For Freedoms public art project from 5 to 7 pm on Tuesday, September 25, which is also National Voter Registration Day, in conjunction with the exhibition Give a damn.

Skidmore College students from the Student Government Association will be registering people to vote ahead of the November 6 midterm elections. For the public art project, participants will be invited to share their own definition of freedom on yard signs, which are inspired by campaign signage, by completing one of following phrases:

  • Freedom Of _____
  • Freedom From _____
  • Freedom For _____
  • Freedom To _____

After participants articulate a vision of freedom in their own way, they will then be invited to have their signs installed outside the Tang. They will stay on view as part of a public art project called For Freedoms through the November election. Those who wish to display their signs at their own homes are encouraged to share images of their signs on social media with the hashtags #ForFreedoms, #50StateInitiative and #TangMuseum.

The public art project is a collaboration between the Tang Teaching Museum and For Freedoms, an organization founded by the artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman that seeks to use art to deepen public discussions of civic issues and core values, and to clarify that citizenship in American society is defined by participation, not by ideology. The For Freedoms public art exhibition is organized by Assistant Director for Engagement Tom Yoshikami and the Tang Student Advisory Council, in conjunction with For Freedoms.

The event is free and open to the public. All materials will be provided. For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit http://tang.skidmore.edu.

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About For Freedoms

For Freedoms is inspired by the Four Freedoms that were articulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—and illustrated by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings.

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 existing artistic infrastructure, For Freedoms has developed a network of over 300 artists and 200 institutional partners who will produce public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues to inject nuanced, artistic thinking into public discourse. Centered around the vital work of artists, For Freedoms hopes these exhibitions and related projects will model how arts institutions can become civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism.

A For Freedoms sign-making event is also taking place at Union College on Monday, September 17, from 12:55 to 1:45 pm on the lawn in front of Schaffer Library. For more information about the event at Union College, visithttps://muse.union.edu/mandeville and click on “Events.”

About the Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College is a pioneer of interdisciplinary exploration and learning. A cultural anchor of New York’s Capital Region, the institution’s approach has become a model for university art museums across the country—with exhibition programs and series that bring together the visual and performing arts with fields of study as disparate as history, astronomy, and physics. The Tang Teaching Museum’s building, designed by architect Antoine Predock, serves as a visual metaphor for the convergence of ideas and exchange the institution catalyzes. The Tang is open Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm, with extended hours until 9 pm on Thursday. More information at http://tang.skidmore.edu.