First Friday: October 5, 2018
How do you feel about America? That’s what you’re invited to share with AMERICAN EXPRESSIONS, Birmingham artist Ira Hill’s interactive public art project, the centerpiece of For Freedoms at First Friday at GRACE ABERDEAN HABITAT ALCHEMY in October.

Besides expressing yourself on a giant flag, people will be able to make & take home linoleum relief prints inspired by the four freedoms that Franklin D. Roosevelt believed everyone in the world ought to enjoy: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

These concerns, and Norman Rockwell’s famous illustrations of them, are the inspiration behind For Freedoms, an art campaign promoting civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists across the United States. More than a dozen groups and organizations >in Alabama alone< are participating in this fall’s #50StateInitiative exploring the ways that arts communities can serve as civic forums for action and discussion of values, place, and patriotism, including the Paul R. Jones Museum in Tuscaloosa.

#ForFreedoms at #FirstFriday is hosted by the Black Warrior Arts Outpost, a group of local artists, musicians, writers, and performers hoping to combine activism and the arts to bridge social divides in Tuscaloosa and nurture a more inclusive community. The Black Warrior Arts Outpost is part of the 2018 class of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture's network of outposts around the country.

Besides making art, talking politics, and enjoying live music, there will also be a voter registration table and opportunities to find out more about November’s important midterm elections.

Check out For Freedoms - Alabama to discover more arts + democracy programs happening in Alabama this fall.