For Freedoms Town Hall: Someone Else's Story

July 14, 2018 / 1:00pm
Artists here and elsewhere make work about specific Cleveland subjects and communities that are not their own. What are successful models for how these artists get to know, build trust with, and work alongside these communities to produce meaningful and relevant art? For this For Freedoms Town Hall focusing on Freedom of Expression, artists and the community collaborators who were instrumental in their projects reflect on their experiences. 
Pairs include 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 will moderate the discussion. Your voice is critical for this conversation; come share your thoughts on how artists can work most effectively with and within our communities.

MOCA Cleveland and For Freedoms, an artist-run initiative founded by artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, have partnered in a two-year residency focused on a series of free, quarterly Town Hall discussions inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s historic Four Freedoms speech outlining four essential human rights: freedom from want, from fear, of worship, and of expression. Co-produced with The City Club of Cleveland, the nation’s oldest continuous forum for free speech, For Freedoms Town Halls at MOCA Cleveland provide open platforms for civil, topical conversations that seek to encourage a more active, collaborative, inclusive, and empathic community.


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All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller. 

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