FOUR FREEDOMS ARTS

May 9, 2016

THE ARTS DO THE PUBLIC GOOD.

We are in very unsettling times and never has it been more important than now to take a close look at the values of our democracy and creatively express our feelings and thoughts. Artists and art have always been at the forefront of political and social unrest; expressing truth and ideas.

Four Freedoms Arts:

What do these Four Freedoms mean to us today? Individually, Collectively. How do these freedoms relate to what is happening today? What do they make you think about?

Mission: to demonstrate the power of art and design to raise a dialogue, communicate ideas and feelings bringing together a creative nation illustrating the values of our democracy.

Objective: utilize the arts as a catalyst raising a dialogue around the Four Freedoms as stated by FDR and illustrated by Norman Rockwell in 1943, interpreting them for the 21st Century, from a personal perspective, a social perspective and a world perspective.

The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.
—From the original Four Freedoms speech, 1941.

Strategies:
A. Initiate over the course of two years, every six months a new freedom: illustrate visually, through the written word, video, photography, music, performance pieces [these would have to be filmed]. We will bring these Freedoms into current times as far as interpretation is concerned.

Year One:
1. The Freedom of Speech and Expression
2. The Freedom from Fear

Year Two:
3. Freedom of Worship
4. Freedom from Want

B. Invite organizations across the U.S to collaborate with us.
C. Events:
D. Create exhibits on a community level
E. Create discussions on a community level, and virtually
F. Create a juried competition for illustrations

Have two levels of participation: Artists and community level arts organizations and schools

  1. Marketing:
  2. Create a Crowdfunding page
  3. Create a Facebook, Instagram page and Twitter feed
  4. Create an initial tee shirt, poster, bags, cups, etc. to market the project
  5. Create subsequent tee shirts and posters for each of the Four Freedoms
  6. Create a digital gallery
  7. Limited edition prints
  8. Book
  9. Public Relations
    *donate a percentage of promotional material proceeds to Veterans Art Programs and other community arts organizations working in the arts and social justice.

fourfreedomsarts@theartsdothepublicgood.com