For Freedoms Discussion at MOCA Looks at How Artists and Communities Interact

Sat 7/14 @1PM

For Freedoms was founded a little more than two years ago by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, to give other artists and their supporters an outlet for civic and political activism.

It’s been hosting a series of townhall-style discussions at MOCA Cleveland to share ideas and bring more people into the fold. Coming up is discussion on “Freedom of Expression.” In it, artists and community members will look at artists who come into a community to make work about it and how they can work to build trust in that community so they’re not perceived as outsiders or interlopers.

The discussion will feature pairs of artists/community members including Johnny Coleman (Oberlin) and Bonita Wagner Johnson (Cleveland), Catherine Gund (New York) and Elle Hearns (Washington DC), and John Riepenhoff (Milwaukee) and Patrick Kearns (Cleveland). Tanya Selvaratnam moderates and there will be a place for attendees to share their ideas on this topic.

It’s free and open to all.


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