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Posted: Thursday, October 22, 2020

For Freedoms Lawn Sign Art Project

Student Leadership and Engagement invites students and the campus community to participate in the For Freedoms Lawn Sign Art Project taking place October 20, 22, and 27. Inspired by Norman Rockwell’s 1943 paintings on the four universal freedoms articulated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1941—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—the project seeks to use art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values, and to clarify that citizenship is defined by participation, not by ideology.

When Norman Rockwell and FDR began to articulate these freedoms, they did not apply to everyone. The lawn signs will allow participants to define freedom in their own way and to articulate a vision of freedom that reflects our diverse campus community.

The For Freedoms art project encourages students, faculty, and staff members to produce their own definition of freedom by filling in the blanks:

  • Freedom Of ___________
  • Freedom From ___________
  • Freedom For ___________
  • Freedom To ___________

Opportunities to create signs will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Campbell Student Union lobby on Tuesday, October 20; Thursday, October 22; and Tuesday, October 27. Please join us for this interactive art project. Lawn signs will be displayed publicly outside the Campbell Student Union the week of the national election, November 2–6.

If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to participate virtually in the following ways:

  • E-mail Student Leadership and Engagement to share your own definitions of freedom (Freedom Of, Freedom From, Freedom For, and Freedom To), and an SLE staff member will make a sign for you to display on campus.
  • Make a custom sign yourself at home and post it on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and tag @LifeatBuffState. An SLE staff member will still make an official sign for you to display on campus.
Submitted by: Luke C. Haumesser
Also appeared:
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