Barrier Free: For Freedoms ProjECT

Provocative, vital, and socially engaged art can turn an art museum into a public forum for discussion around the four freedoms--freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom of fear.  As part of the 50 State Initiative For Freedoms project, the Barrier Free Art Installation, a voter registration drive, a workshop and panel about activism and social practices of art, as well as a culminating Posada will turn AMUM into a public forum for the discussion of these four freedoms.

EVENTS CALENDAR

Voter Registration Drive at the University of Memphis, September 5 - October 4

Advocacy and Activism through Art Forms workshop & panel discussion - Saturday, October 20, 10am-1pm.

Art exhibition opening reception - Sunday, October 21, 3pm-6pm.

Posada celebration with the breaking of the “Truth & Dare” piñata and performance by Opera Memphis - Saturday, December 8, 4pm-6pm.

CALENDARIO DE EVENTOS

Registro para votar en la Universidad de Memphis, septiembre 5 - Octubre 4

Abogacía y Activismo a través de formas artísticas talleres y panel - sábado 20 de octubre, 10am-1pm.

Recepción de apertura de la exhibición de arte - domingo, 21 de octubre, 3pm-6pm.

Celebración de la Posada y presentación de Opera Memphis- sábado, 8 de diciembre, 4pm-6pm.

Barrier Free: For Freedoms Project
Provocative, vital, and socially engaged art is turning an art museum into a public forum for discussion and reflexion around the four freedoms--freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom of fear.  


September 5 -October 4

Voter Registration Drive at the U of M campus

What do you stand for?

Make your voice be heard, register to vote, get your friends excited and VOTE!

Let’s increase together voter registration in Tennessee!

In collaboration with Latino Memphis


Saturday, October 20, 10am-1pm

Advocacy and Activism through Art Forms workshop & panel discussion

Free and open to art students, artists, and creatives in the community

Seating is limited. Registration here


Concurrent sessions:

Leslie Barker, Performing Arts

Vanessa Gonzalez, Visual Arts

Carl Moore, Digital Media & Visual Arts

Andrea Morales, Journalism


Panelists:

Ekundayo Bandele , Hattiloo Theatre

Ned Canty, Opera Memphis

Virginia Murphy, Playback Memphis

Yancy Villa-Calvo, Barrier Free

Moderator:

Susan Nordstrom


Sunday, October 21, 3pm-6pm

Exhibition (opening reception)

Barrier Free: For Freedoms Project - artist Yancy Villa-Calvo

Join us to celebrate the beautiful diversity of our community, learn about the stories behind Barrier Free Art, and share your own story breaking barriers and how we all are making this country better.

Passport Project - artist Vanessa Gonzalez Hernandez

The passport project is an interaction art piece that allows viewers to handle and asses passports of complete strangers, just as customs officers do. The booklets will include not only the identity of an individual, but also include details of their personal life such as what the person left behind in their country, and why they are trying to enter a foreign land. Viewers will internally make judgements on whether or not they would grant entry to the country based on the very little physical information they hold in their hand. This piece not only explores the power we as humans have to either reject or accept another person, but also allows the audience to consciously experience the sensitive and stressful moment an outsider feels when they are at the mercy of a government official.


Saturday, December 8, 4pm-6pm

Posada celebration with the breaking of the“Truth & Dare piñata” and performance by Opera Memphis.

A celebration of diversity and inclusion with elements of a Mexican Posada with a twist of advocacy & community strengthening.  

Opera Memphis creates a truly inspiring and thought provoking performance based on the sculptures, images, and stories of Barrier Free Art...the stories of all of us.

Bring a traditional dish from your country or favorite family recipe and let’s break bread together.

In collaboration with Opera Memphis

All events are free and open to the public.

Families are welcome.

Location: Art Museum of the University of Memphis