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Crowdsourcing Mornings: 50 States, 50 Billboards | For Freedoms | Alabama

This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

For Freedoms is an artist-run initiative founded in 2016 by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman.  Their work’s been seen on billboards, posters, in the news and at public events, and it addresses fundamental questions about the link between our culture and our politics.  For the 2018 midterm elections, they’re building the largest creative collaboration in the history of the United States by commissioning artists to take over 50 billboards across all 50 states (and beyond), and you’re invited to be help make history with them.  They’ve already begun working with over 200 local partners—ranging from museums, universities, libraries, nonprofit organizations, galleries, and media companies—and 175 artists representing every US state as a part of their 50 state initiative.

Now, they’re asking for your help in making artist-designed billboards happen everywhere from Rhode Island to Texas—and you can play an important part in ensuring each billboard is paid for and each artist is paid for their work, whether it’s this state or others.  These billboards will give artists across the country the platform to address today’s political, cultural, and social issues in their own words, letting them lead essential public conversations in their communities. Our billboard projects will coincide with art exhibitions and artist-led town hall meetings that create new forms of dialogue and engage local perspectives. These billboards are an invitation for you to join the conversation.

Their goal is to empower everyone across these United States to feel welcome in civic conversations.  They do not support a political party or push a partisan agenda.  Artists practice free speech every day, and art plays an important role in galvanizing us to meet, talk, and share with our fellow inhabitants of this country. It’s time we come together, raise our concerns, and move towards a more representative form of self-governance.

As of June 5th, this project has raised $800 of their $3,000 goal. This project has 27 days left to raise the $3,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $10, you will get your name listed on their website and updates.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: