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FFCon x Sankofa.org Town Hall Series

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Sankofa.org will host four artist-led town halls over the duration of the upcoming For Freedoms Congress. The town halls are based on For Freedoms’ reimagining of Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms: Freedom from Fear, Freedom From Want, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom of Worship. Through our 2018 photo campaign, we as artists took it upon ourselves to represent the immeasurable diversity of identities in America today.

The Town Halls are meant to be an artful act. Our goal is civic engagement and dynamic conversation. What happens when we begin to think of dialogue and discourse as an artistic medium unto itself? This is an opportunity for us to come together in community—we are all the experts.

Freedom from Fear | The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA — Plaza | 2/27/20 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm | 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

What are you afraid of? To kick-off the Sankofa.org x For Freedoms Town Hall series, we will explore Freedom from Fear. Co-facilitated by Brent Blair with Donna Hylton and Skipp Townsend, attendees of this Town Hall will be invited to explore the inequities of privilege and access through an interactive Theatre of the Oppressed performance.

Freedom from Want | The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA — Plaza | 2/29 from 4:45pm to 6:45pm | 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Outdated assumptions attribute houselessness to poor choices, addiction, and mental illness, yet empirical data suggests that chronic housing insecurity, gentrification and sky-high rents underline the crisis. Co-facilitated by Pete White, this conversation on Freedom from Want will focus on the intersection of houselessness, immigration policy, structural obstacles, and recent ballot measures. White will be joined by Shamell Bell.

Freedom of Worship | Hammer Museum — Nimoy Theater | 3/1 1:00pm to 3:00pm | 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

What does it mean to have faith? 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. Do you have faith? Gather with leaders of the Los Angeles Spiritual Community to discuss. Presented by Sankofa.org. Local leaders include Edward Anderson, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Lydia Ponce, Miehrit Kassa, and Maryam Nouh.

Freedom of Speech | California African American Museum | 3/2 7:00pm to 9:00pm | 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

We are inundated with discussion of Freedom Speech across party lines, with so many Americans interpreting—and taking ownership of—the First Amendment in immensely varied ways. What does FDR’s Freedom of Speech and Expression mean now for us? In partnership with CAAM, IDEA (Institute for Diversity & Empowerment at Annenberg) and the University of Southern California’s RAP (Race, Arts, & Placemaking) Initiative, we will unite artists and activists to discuss Freedom of Speech in anticipation of the 2020 Presidential Election. Featured speakers include Maggie Wheeler, Emile Hassan Dyer and The Golden Bridge Choir, Melina Abdullah, and Edna Chavez.

ABOUT SANKOFA.ORG

Sankofa.org, founded by Harry Belafonte, educates, motivates, and activates artists and allies in service of grassroots movements and equitable change.

ABOUT THE FOR FREEDOMS CONGRESS

Just more than a year after launching the 50 State Initiative, the largest creative collaboration in U.S. history, For Freedoms — a national collective for creative citizenship co-founded by Eric Gottesman and Hank Willis Thomas — is excited to present The For Freedoms Congress from February 28 to March 1, 2020. Hosted in Los Angeles between the MoCA Geffen Warehouse, Japanese American National Museum, Hammer Museum, Crenshaw Dairy Mart, the California African American Museum, and other arts institutions around the city, FFCon will deliver an engaging series of artist-led programs and workshops that build upon Los Angeles' historic role as the birthplace and driver of important artist centered cultural movements over the decades.

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