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Special Programs

For Freedoms Congress (FFCON)

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For Freedoms Congress (FFCON) is the first of its kind: a gathering of artists, academic and cultural institutions, and organizations transforming our political landscape through creative civic engagement. Building on the innovative tools we all have as individuals, FFCON emphasizes the importance of civics in creating a better society.

Visit forfreedoms.org for additional information on all participating organizations. All events happening at the Hammer, listed below, take place on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Freedom of Worship Town Hall

Sunday, March 1, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Hammer Museum, Nimoy Studio
Curated by Sankofa.org

Freedom of religion is regarded as a fundamental human right, but often we do not consider the larger systems that inhibit, prejudge, or censor religious communities. Gather with leaders of the Los Angeles Spiritual Community to discuss. Presented by Sankofa.org. RSVP

Breaking Point: Intergenerational Families

Sunday, March 1, 1:30–3:00 p.m.
Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater
Curated by ArtChangeUs and the Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center’s Marc Bamuthi Joseph hosts an intergenerational conversation about family and social change between guests Hank Willis Thomas, acclaimed conceptual artist and cofounder of For Freedoms; Deborah Willis, photographer, researcher, and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; Jamaica Heoli Osorio, poet-activist and scholar of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Māno; and, Jonathan Osorio, a singer-songwriter and dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Join us as these powerhouse families offer their unique, cross-cultural experience of change led by creativity and heritage.

This video is also posted on YouTube where you can access captions and a full transcript.

FFCon Closing Party

Sunday, March 1, 3:30–5:00 p.m.
Hammer Museum, Nimoy Studio

Celebrate Los Angeles FFCon with a public closing party with a cash bar and live musical performances.

About For Freedoms

For Freedoms is a national collective for creative citizenship founded by artists Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas. It is a collaboration between artists, institutions, organizations, and people across the nation who experiment with new and creative pathways to participation. It believes in—and advocates for—creativity as a civic right, participation as a civic duty, and deeper discourse as a catalyst of civic change. And it welcomes all.

The Los Angeles iteration of the For Freedoms Festival is co-hosted by The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Japanese American National Museum, the Hammer Museum, and The Crenshaw Dairy Mart.

All public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from an anonymous donor.
Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, the Elizabeth Bixby Janeway Foundation, The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, an anonymous donor, and all Hammer members.
Digital presentation of Hammer public programs is made possible by The Billy and Audrey L. Wilder Foundation.
Hammer public programs are presented online in partnership with the #KeepThePromise campaign—a movement promoting social justice and human rights through the arts.