For Freedoms


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.

Artist Events

For Freedoms Co-Founder Hank Willis Thomas is the artist behind They Are Us, Us Is Them, the artwork that will be installed on a barge based on SE DC and will float up and down the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, visiting Georgetown, Anacostia, and Capitol Riverfront over the course of the festival. More details about specific dates, times, and locations for the barge, check out these location pages:

River Barge - Anacostia Park

River Barge - Georgetown Waterfront

River Barge - Capitol Riverfront