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Thursday, February 27
 

2:00pm

ACTIVATIONS OPEN
For Freedoms is pleased to present a curated series of art activations for the LA Congress. 

Largely participatory and interactive, these pop-up art projects and activities range from performances, readings, screenings, creative workshops, and installations. Centered in creative activism, social practice and community-building, these projects appear in and throughout the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Japanese American National Museum, and Hammer Museum.
 
As an extension of the Congress’ overall programming, these activations are meant to build momentum and awareness leading up to the 2020 presidential election through the perspectives and voices of artists, in order to spark civic engagement in local communities and beyond.


Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Activations:
Amplifier, AMPLIFIER INSTALLATION
Lyndon Barrois, For… Freedom
Chris Berntsen, Stephen Ira, I have to think of us as separate people 
Cassils & Rafa Esparza, La Arena
Russell Craig & Jesse Krimes, Rendering Justice: Repairing the Social Fabric
Paula Crown, Thoughts & Prayers and Humble Humbris
Alixa Garcia, Who's Next: Up in Arms
Marc Gottesman & Michael Walsh, FOUR FREEDOMS → YOUR FREEDOMS: A Census Activation
Coby Kennedy, Supply and Demand
Muna Malik, Blessing of the Boats
Favianna Rodriguez, POWER, EQUITY, REPAIR
Mark Strandquist, PERFORMING STATISTICS #NOKIDSINPRISON (In Plaza)
Kambui Olujimi, A Life in Pictures

JANM Activations:
Creative Time, WHY DO WE CONVENE? WHY SHOULD WE CONVENE
Karen Ishizuka, You Are Here
Steve Locke, Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray)
Emily Hanako Momohara, Family Incarceration: Never Again is Now
Hank Willis Thomas & Dr. Baz Dreisinger with Openbox (designed by MASS Design Group), The Writing on the Wall

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois is an artist and animator with a thirty-plus year career marked by a practice in many corners of the field including stop-motion work, groundbreaking CGI visual effects of feature films such as The Matrix Trilogy, and installations at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and... Read More →
avatar for Cassils

Cassils

CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils hasachieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture.Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils... Read More →
avatar for Russell Craig

Russell Craig

Russell Craig is self-taught multimedia artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Craig is best known for his portraits of incarcerated subjects that address larger political and social issues, particularly criminal justice reform and the impact of the prison industrial complex... Read More →
avatar for Paula Crown

Paula Crown

Paula Crown is an artist, advocate, and entrepreneur. She has spearheaded progressive initiatives in education, children’s health, environmentally sustainable business practices, and the arts. A cross-disciplinary artist, Crown’s work engages pencil to 3D printers. Since 2015... Read More →
avatar for Rafa Esparza

Rafa Esparza

rafa esparza (b. 1981, Los Angeles; lives and works in Los Angeles) is a multidisciplinary artistwhose work reveals his interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship, his ownrelationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that it produces. Using liveperformance... Read More →
avatar for Alixa Garcia

Alixa Garcia

Alixa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist. She is cofounder and artistic director of Climbing PoeTree, an activist multimedia theater and spoken-word duo. She is currently working to develop multimedia curricula to help learners understand and further analyze the systems of oppression... Read More →
avatar for Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman is an advertising Creative Director and idea enthusiast. He discovered his passion for ideas as a college pre-med student when he was forced into an Art History class that changed his life. He followed this passion to the Guggenheim Collection and many advertising agencies... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey

Founder, Amplifier
Amplifier is a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times. We design and distribute art that engages people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and sustainable future. Since 2011, we’ve worked with hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira

Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira

Chris Berntsen is a New Orleans/New York based artist. His photography explores themes related to queerness, intimacy, and time. In addition to exhibition photography he also creates time-based projection and video works. Berntsen’s work has been exhibited in MoMA PS1, The Ogden... Read More →
avatar for Karen Ishizuka

Karen Ishizuka

Karen L. Ishizuka is a third-generation American of Japanese descent who was part of the Asian American movement in Los Angeles. She is the author of Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration, as well as many published articles, and coeditor of Mining the Home... Read More →
CK

Coby Kennedy

Coby Kennedy’s work deals with often unspoken and unaddressed dynamics of media’s influence on modern social entitlement and problematics of self-image. Using the communication tools of advertising and the entertainment industry, his painting, sculpture and video works hint at... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work explores how contemporary media shapes or reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control. While serving a six-year prison sentence, he produced numerous bodies of work, established prison art programs, and worked collaboratively... Read More →
SL

Steve Locke

Steve Locke is a contemporary artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work explores figuration and perceptions of the male figure, and themes of masculinity and homosexuality through drawing, painting, sculpture and installation art. He received an M.F.A. in 2001 from the Massachusetts... Read More →
avatar for Muna Malik

Muna Malik

Muna Malik is an immersive artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her artistic pursuits lie in documenting the lives of recent immigrants living in the United States. Her current work focuses on capturing poetic imagery and narratives of women of color and refugees. Malik's work has been... Read More →
avatar for Emily Hanako Momohara

Emily Hanako Momohara

Emily Hanako Momohara grew up outside of Seattle, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Washington, as well as her Master of Fine Arts in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas. She now serves... Read More →
avatar for Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He works within the realm of ideas rather than within an exclusive medium. Although he has directed a great deal of work in film, his is truly a multi-media practice. He crafts potent social commentary from delicate... Read More →
avatar for Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the United States... Read More →
MS

Mark Strandquist

Mark Strandquist has spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to amplify, celebrate, and power social justice movements. At the core of his practice is the belief that those most impacted by the criminal justice system are the experts society needs to... Read More →
CT

Creative Time

Creative TimeWHY DO WE CONVENE? WHY SHOULD WE CONVENEInstallationAratani Central Hall, JANM Contribute to the generation of new concerns that we as organizers need to consider when asking people to convene. Creative Time, pioneering New York arts organization that has presented ambitious... Read More →
avatar for Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall

Dr. Dreisinger is the founder of the “Prison-to-College Pipeline” program at John Jay College, and the founder and executive director of the “Incarceration Nations Network”. Founded in 2018, the “Incarceration Nations Network” is a global network that fosters and elevates... Read More →


Thursday February 27, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Japanese American National Museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:00pm

Bayete Ross Smith 360 VR Experience
Bayete Ross Smith 360 is a 10 Minute VR Experience by artist Bayete Ross Smith featuring two 360 VR pieces: Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X and Ruby Bridges: 6 Years Old and Desegregating.

To Sign-up:
  • Please sign-up via the Check-In Table located in JANM right outside the Delegate Lounge.
  • Ask an FFCON VR Team Member for VR Sign up, who will assist you in choosing your desired time slot.

Once you sign up for a time slot, please arrive at the VR Lounge (Inside Delegate Lounge) 5 mins before the time slot. Wait for instructions from the FFCON VR Team. If you show up late or missed your time slot, no worries please go back to Check-In Table and sign up for a new time slot with an FFCON VR Team member.

THIS IS NOT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED EXPERIENCE.
ONLY 5 CHAIRS/5 HEADSETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EACH TIME SLOT.



History and historical memory are critical to our understanding of contemporary times, both in terms of our accomplishments but also in terms of the social issues we face. In these two pieces, Bayeté Ross Smith uses 360VR to examine sites of historic significance and the events that occurred on these sites, in order to examine how we live on top of history that is unresolved and therefore continue to be impacted by the social issues connected to this unresolved history. Archival images that document and relate to these historic events are blended over the contemporary 360 video in combination with animation, thus creating a sense of traveling back in time. These archival images also represent our historic memory as a society. The pieces are narrated through interviews with people who have first hand knowledge of the events that occurred, either as historians or as eyewitnesses.The resulting piece creates an engaging reflection on history and draws an aesthetic connection to how it impacts how we currently experience the world. Furthermore, though concise, they function as entry points to encourage further exploration and study of these events and topics.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →


Thursday February 27, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:00pm

UnGuided Meditation Room
Inside this quiet room, you will be able to listen to the unGuided Meditation and playlist. Use this space to tune out, turn in, and reflect on the connections and insights you have made here at the For Freedoms Congress. The room will have low lighting and meditation cushions available for your use.

The unGuided Meditation is a comedic take on a traditional guided meditation, we hope it offers a light-hearted entertaining meditation for you to relax during your time here. Listen to unGuided Meditation and ambient DJ set tracks by Composer, Singer, and Artist Amelia Winger-Bearskin via your own noise-cancelling headset—audio produced by Eamon O'Connor, 2020. There will be additional headsets available to check out at the Lounge Check In desk.

Visit: http://wampum.codes

There will also be warming eye masks available to help create a low-sensory experience.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Developer Evangelist, Contentful and Mozilla / MIT fellow
My project at For Freedoms is an UnGuided meditation playlist found at https://wampum.codes Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist/technologist who empowers people to leverage bleeding edge technology to effect positive change in the world. In 2019 she was an invited presenter to His... Read More →


Thursday February 27, 2020 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:00pm

Check-In and Registration
All registered delegates should enter at 100 N Central Ave (map for The Japanese American National Museum or The Geffen Contemporary MOCA) at the corner of East 1st Street and South Central Ave. From there, the For Freedoms team will direct you to sign-up. If you’re entering via the Geffen Parking Lot, please walk through the MOCA Plaza to find the check-in tables (look for the FFCon Directional Signs).

*If you are a session designer, presenter, panelist, or workshop leader, please go inside the Japanese American National Museum and check in at the table located just in front of the FFCON Lounge in Central Hall.

Thursday February 27, 2020 2:00pm - 7:30pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

4:00pm

Welcome to FFCon Reception
Limited Capacity seats available

Come and meet your fellow delegates! Beverages and signature cocktails will be served. From 4:30 to 5pm, For Freedoms Artist Jessica Ingram will give a short talk about her book, Road Through Midnight, a collection of landscapes of sites of pivotal events in the civil rights movement. The work seeks to reframe these commonplace landscapes as sites of both remembrance and resistance and transform the way we regard both what has happened and what's happening now—as the fight for civil rights goes on and memorialization has become the literal subject of contested cultural and societal ground. Books will be available for sale at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Bookstore, and Ingram will sign books after the talkback.

At 5pm, Activations Manager Daphne Takahashi will give a guided tour of all FFCon activations. Meet in front of the MOCA Warehouse.



Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Jessica Ingram

Jessica Ingram

Jessica Ingram works with multi-media and the archive to explore the ethos of communities and notions of progress and resistance in American culture. Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, she received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MFA from California College of Arts... Read More →


Thursday February 27, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

5:00pm

Activations Tour with Daphne Takahashi
At 5pm, Activations Manager Daphne Takahashi will give a guided tour of all FFCon activations. Please meet in front of the MOCA Warehouse by the Mark Strandquist fences!


Activation Artists/Performers
DT

Daphne Takahashi

Curator, Activations Manager, Hank Willis Thomas Studio / For Freedoms


Thursday February 27, 2020 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

5:30pm

Freedom from Fear Town Hall
Limited Capacity seats available

What are you afraid of? To kick-off the Sankofa.org x For Freedoms Town Hall series, we will explore Freedom from Fear. Facilitated by Brent Blair with Aloe Blacc, 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. Presented by Sankofa.org.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Gina Belafonte

Gina Belafonte

Speaker, USOW
Native New Yorker, Artivist, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. Executive Director of Sankofa.org, a social justice organization, that educates, motivates, and activates artists and allies in service... Read More →


Thursday February 27, 2020 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Plaza Stage, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
 
Friday, February 28
 

8:00am

Check-In Desk Open
All registered delegates should enter at 100 N Central Ave (map for The Japanese American National Museum or The Geffen Contemporary MOCA) at the corner of East 1st Street and South Central Ave. From there, the For Freedoms team will direct you to sign-up. If you’re entering via the Geffen Parking Lot, please walk through the MOCA Plaza to find the check-in tables (look for the FFCon Directional Signs).

*If you are a session designer, presenter, panelist, or workshop leader, please go inside the Japanese American National Museum and check in at the table located just in front of the FFCON Lounge in Central Hall.

Friday February 28, 2020 8:00am - 11:00am
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

8:00am

ACTIVATIONS OPEN
For Freedoms is pleased to present a curated series of art activations for the LA Congress. 
Largely participatory and interactive, these pop-up art projects and activities range from performances, readings, screenings, creative workshops, and installations. Centered in creative activism, social practice and community-building, these projects appear in and throughout the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Japanese American National Museum, and Hammer Museum.
As an extension of the Congress’ overall programming, these activations are meant to build momentum and awareness leading up to the 2020 presidential election through the perspectives and voices of artists, in order to spark civic engagement in local communities and beyond.

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Activations:
Amplifier, AMPLIFIER INSTALLATION
Lyndon Barrois, For… Freedom
Chris Berntsen, Stephen Ira, I have to think of us as separate people 
Cassils & Rafa Esparza, La Arena
Russell Craig & Jesse Krimes, Rendering Justice: Repairing the Social Fabric
Paula Crown, Thoughts & Prayers and Humble Humbris
Alixa Garcia, Who's Next: Up in Arms
Marc Gottesman & Michael Walsh, FOUR FREEDOMS → YOUR FREEDOMS: A Census Activation
Coby Kennedy, Supply and Demand
Muna Malik, Blessing of the Boats
Favianna Rodriguez, POWER, EQUITY, REPAIR
Mark Strandquist, PERFORMING STATISTICS #NOKIDSINPRISON (In Plaza)
Kambui Olujimi, A Life in Pictures - 8am to 10am; 11am to 1pm; 6pm to 8pm

JANM Activations:
Creative Time, WHY DO WE CONVENE? WHY SHOULD WE CONVENE
Karen Ishizuka, You Are Here
Steve Locke, Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray)
Emily Hanako Momohara, Family Incarceration: Never Again is Now
Hank Willis Thomas & Dr. Baz Dreisinger with Openbox (designed by MASS Design Group), The Writing on the Wall

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois is an artist and animator with a thirty-plus year career marked by a practice in many corners of the field including stop-motion work, groundbreaking CGI visual effects of feature films such as The Matrix Trilogy, and installations at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and... Read More →
avatar for Cassils

Cassils

CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils hasachieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture.Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils... Read More →
avatar for Russell Craig

Russell Craig

Russell Craig is self-taught multimedia artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Craig is best known for his portraits of incarcerated subjects that address larger political and social issues, particularly criminal justice reform and the impact of the prison industrial complex... Read More →
avatar for Paula Crown

Paula Crown

Paula Crown is an artist, advocate, and entrepreneur. She has spearheaded progressive initiatives in education, children’s health, environmentally sustainable business practices, and the arts. A cross-disciplinary artist, Crown’s work engages pencil to 3D printers. Since 2015... Read More →
avatar for Rafa Esparza

Rafa Esparza

rafa esparza (b. 1981, Los Angeles; lives and works in Los Angeles) is a multidisciplinary artistwhose work reveals his interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship, his ownrelationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that it produces. Using liveperformance... Read More →
avatar for Alixa Garcia

Alixa Garcia

Alixa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist. She is cofounder and artistic director of Climbing PoeTree, an activist multimedia theater and spoken-word duo. She is currently working to develop multimedia curricula to help learners understand and further analyze the systems of oppression... Read More →
avatar for Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman is an advertising Creative Director and idea enthusiast. He discovered his passion for ideas as a college pre-med student when he was forced into an Art History class that changed his life. He followed this passion to the Guggenheim Collection and many advertising agencies... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey

Founder, Amplifier
Amplifier is a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times. We design and distribute art that engages people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and sustainable future. Since 2011, we’ve worked with hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira

Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira

Chris Berntsen is a New Orleans/New York based artist. His photography explores themes related to queerness, intimacy, and time. In addition to exhibition photography he also creates time-based projection and video works. Berntsen’s work has been exhibited in MoMA PS1, The Ogden... Read More →
avatar for Karen Ishizuka

Karen Ishizuka

Karen L. Ishizuka is a third-generation American of Japanese descent who was part of the Asian American movement in Los Angeles. She is the author of Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration, as well as many published articles, and coeditor of Mining the Home... Read More →
CK

Coby Kennedy

Coby Kennedy’s work deals with often unspoken and unaddressed dynamics of media’s influence on modern social entitlement and problematics of self-image. Using the communication tools of advertising and the entertainment industry, his painting, sculpture and video works hint at... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work explores how contemporary media shapes or reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control. While serving a six-year prison sentence, he produced numerous bodies of work, established prison art programs, and worked collaboratively... Read More →
SL

Steve Locke

Steve Locke is a contemporary artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work explores figuration and perceptions of the male figure, and themes of masculinity and homosexuality through drawing, painting, sculpture and installation art. He received an M.F.A. in 2001 from the Massachusetts... Read More →
avatar for Muna Malik

Muna Malik

Muna Malik is an immersive artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her artistic pursuits lie in documenting the lives of recent immigrants living in the United States. Her current work focuses on capturing poetic imagery and narratives of women of color and refugees. Malik's work has been... Read More →
avatar for Emily Hanako Momohara

Emily Hanako Momohara

Emily Hanako Momohara grew up outside of Seattle, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Washington, as well as her Master of Fine Arts in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas. She now serves... Read More →
avatar for Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He works within the realm of ideas rather than within an exclusive medium. Although he has directed a great deal of work in film, his is truly a multi-media practice. He crafts potent social commentary from delicate... Read More →
avatar for Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the United States... Read More →
MS

Mark Strandquist

Mark Strandquist has spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to amplify, celebrate, and power social justice movements. At the core of his practice is the belief that those most impacted by the criminal justice system are the experts society needs to... Read More →
CT

Creative Time

Creative TimeWHY DO WE CONVENE? WHY SHOULD WE CONVENEInstallationAratani Central Hall, JANM Contribute to the generation of new concerns that we as organizers need to consider when asking people to convene. Creative Time, pioneering New York arts organization that has presented ambitious... Read More →
avatar for Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall

Dr. Dreisinger is the founder of the “Prison-to-College Pipeline” program at John Jay College, and the founder and executive director of the “Incarceration Nations Network”. Founded in 2018, the “Incarceration Nations Network” is a global network that fosters and elevates... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:00am - 6:00pm
Japanese American National Museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

8:00am

UnGuided Meditation Room
Inside this quiet room, you will be able to listen to the unGuided Meditation and playlist. Use this space to tune out, turn in, and reflect on the connections and insights you have made here at the For Freedoms Congress. The room will have low lighting and meditation cushions available for your use. The unGuided Meditation is a comedic take on a traditional guided meditation, we hope it offers a light-hearted entertaining meditation for you to relax during your time here. Listen to unGuided Meditation and ambient DJ set tracks by Composer, Singer, and Artist Amelia Winger-Bearskin via your own noise-cancelling headset—audio produced by Eamon O'Connor, 2020. There will be additional headsets available to check out at the Lounge Check In desk. Visit: http://wampum.codes There will also be warming eye masks available to help create a low-sensory experience.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Developer Evangelist, Contentful and Mozilla / MIT fellow
My project at For Freedoms is an UnGuided meditation playlist found at https://wampum.codes Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist/technologist who empowers people to leverage bleeding edge technology to effect positive change in the world. In 2019 she was an invited presenter to His... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:00am - 6:00pm
Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

8:00am

FFCon Lounge Open
Come relax and enjoy refreshments. Phone charging stations available, VR open during specific times (check other schedule for times). Info desk right outside the lounge and Community Resource Desk open to all delegates to share toolkits, ideas, testimonies, and plans.

Friday February 28, 2020 8:00am - 6:00pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

8:30am

Bayeté Ross Smith 360 VR Experience
Bayete Ross Smith 360 is a 10 Minute VR Experience by artist Bayete Ross Smith featuring two 360 VR pieces: Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X and Ruby Bridges: 6 Years Old and Desegregating.

To Sign-up:
  • Please sign-up via the Check-In Table located in JANM right outside the Delegate Lounge.
  • Ask an FFCON VR Team Member for VR Sign up, who will assist you in choosing your desired time slot.

Once you sign up for a time slot, please arrive at the VR Lounge (Inside Delegate Lounge) 5 mins before the time slot. Wait for instructions from the FFCON VR Team. If you show up late or missed your time slot, no worries please go back to Check-In Table and sign up for a new time slot with an FFCON VR Team member.

THIS IS NOT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED EXPERIENCE.
ONLY 5 CHAIRS/5 HEADSETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EACH TIME SLOT.



History and historical memory are critical to our understanding of contemporary times, both in terms of our accomplishments but also in terms of the social issues we face. In these two pieces, Bayeté Ross Smith uses 360VR to examine sites of historic significance and the events that occurred on these sites, in order to examine how we live on top of history that is unresolved and therefore continue to be impacted by the social issues connected to this unresolved history. Archival images that document and relate to these historic events are blended over the contemporary 360 video in combination with animation, thus creating a sense of traveling back in time. These archival images also represent our historic memory as a society. The pieces are narrated through interviews with people who have first hand knowledge of the events that occurred, either as historians or as eyewitnesses.The resulting piece creates an engaging reflection on history and draws an aesthetic connection to how it impacts how we currently experience the world. Furthermore, though concise, they function as entry points to encourage further exploration and study of these events and topics.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

10:00am

Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony at the MOCA Warehouse will feature a performance by Aja Monet, Samora Pinderhughes, and Eryn Allen Kane, and introductory remarks by Michelle Woo and Kamal Sinclair of For Freedoms, Klaus Biesenbach and Amanda Hunt of MOCA, and Rick Noguchi of JANM. Gina Belafonte will kick off the Congress with a Grounding and Land Acknowledgement.

Activation Artists/Performers
EA

Eryn Allen Kane

Eryn Allen Kane is an American rhythm and blues musician from Chicago, Illinois. Kane released her first EP, Aviary: Act 1, in 2015. In 2016, Kane released her second EP titled Aviary: Act II. Kane was also featured on Chance the Rapper's mixtape Coloring Book as well as Spike Lee's... Read More →
avatar for Aja Monet

Aja Monet

Aja Monet is a Caribbean-American surrealist blues poet. A featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington DC in 2017, she also published her first full collection of poems in the same year, My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter on Haymarket Books. In 2018, her book was nominated... Read More →
SP

Samora Pinderhughes

Samora Pinderhouges was born a mixed-race kid in the Bay Area, a hotbed of revolutionary organization and incredible music and art that immediately seeped into his soul. He started playing music at two years old; his father played him The Delfonics, Tupac, and Bob Marley while his... Read More →

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Amanda Hunt

Amanda Hunt

Amanda Hunt, Director of Education & Senior Curator of Programs at MOCA. Hunt was Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she curated inHarlem: Kevin Beasley, Simone Leigh, Kori Newkirk, Rudy Shepherd, a multi-site public art initiative in four Historic Harlem Parks... Read More →
avatar for Kamal Sinclair

Kamal Sinclair

Executive Director, Guild of Future Architects
Kamal Sinclair is making the world more beautiful as the Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects, supporting independent artists as a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative, and makes art through a family creative practice at Sinclair... Read More →
avatar for Klaus Biesenbach

Klaus Biesenbach

Klaus Biesenbach is the Director of MOCA. He came to Los Angeles from MoMA in New York, where he served as Chief Curator at Large of The Museum of Modern Art and as Director of MoMA PS1. Biesenbach is also the Founding Director of Kunst-Werke (KW) Institute for Contemporary Art in... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Woo

Michelle Woo

For Freedoms, Director
Michelle Woo is an art producer, art historian and arts business consultant based in Los Angeles. She is the Director of For Freedoms and received a 2017 ICP Infinity Award. Her diverse role includes project management of large-scale public art and exhibitions, curatorial advisement... Read More →
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Rick Noguchi

Chief Operating Officer, Japanese American National Museum


Friday February 28, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

10:00am

Tsuru For Solidarity Workshop
FF Con Attendees will be invited to participate in a Tsuru for Solidarity workshop. Tsuru for Solidarity is a group of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention and support immigrants and refugees targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies. The tsuru (origami crane) is a traditional Japanese craft which attendees will collectively make and activate in protest actions.

Activation Artists/Performers
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Emily Hanako Momohara

Emily Hanako Momohara grew up outside of Seattle, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Washington, as well as her Master of Fine Arts in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas. She now serves... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

11:00am

By The People, For The People: Public Art in the 21st Century
How can public art be used as a tool for civic and social engagement? Join us for a conversation as panelists Brandan "BMike" Odums, Visual Artist; Patton Hindle, Head of the Arts at Kickstarter; Matthew Schum, Independent Curator; and Sam Giarratani, Hank Willis Thomas' Public Art Manager discuss some of their most pressing questions about the evolving potential of public art in the 21st century. Collectively, they will consider more inclusive, empowering, and sustainable methods of creating and funding public art. This discussion will be moderated by taylor brock of For Freedoms.

Session Leaders & Participants
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BMike

Brandan “BMike” Odums is a New Orleans-based visual artist who, through exhibitions, public programs, and public art works, is engaged in a transnational dialogue about the intersection of art and resistance. From film to murals to installations, Odums’ work encapsulates the... Read More →
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Matthew Schum

Matthew Schum is from a working-class background in Minneapolis, where he began nonprofit arts work as a researcher in 1999 at Artspace Projects. Time in museums includes MoMA, the Walker, and the Vancouver Art Gallery as an international student at SFU and an editor at the student-run... Read More →
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Patton Hindle

Patton Hindle is the Head of Arts at Kickstarter, where she oversees the Arts and Performance Arts team whose specialists work closely with visual and performing artists, arts organizations, museums, and cultural institutions around the world to help them realize creative and ambitious... Read More →
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Sam Giarratini

Sam works as a public art manager for Hank Willis Thomas, responsible for realizing his concepts in the public realm. After teaching high school art in Boston, she was hired to travel across the US after volunteering with the C@use Collective's public art project called, In Search... Read More →
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taylor brock

taylor brock started at For Freedoms in June 2016 and assists with billboards, special partnerships, communications, and merchandise. She graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in Social Justice & Creative Activism and her interests lie at the... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tateuchi Democracy Forum, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

11:00am

Freed Between The Lines: Poetry for the People
There are many untold stories people carry. Each story shapes who we are and how we imagine the world around us. Poetry is the practice of truth telling. In this workshop, join Aja Monet in exercises and writing prompts that will awaken our ability to tell the truth about the stories that have silenced us. The choice to write a poem in response to the times we are living in is a political choice, an action, and a contribution to the collective narrative. Language and how we use it is liberating. Let’s get free.

Activation Artists/Performers
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Aja Monet

Aja Monet is a Caribbean-American surrealist blues poet. A featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington DC in 2017, she also published her first full collection of poems in the same year, My Mother Was A Freedom Fighter on Haymarket Books. In 2018, her book was nominated... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

11:00am

Movement in Movement: Exercises for Mind, Spirit and Connection
LA-based visual artists Rafa Esparza and Cassils use their bodies as social sculptures in their performance practices. Join them with martial artist Yunuen Rhi as they prepare your body to engage with mental and physical openness, fostering the present moment and connecting so that you get the most out of FFCON.

Activation Artists/Performers
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Cassils

CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils hasachieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture.Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils... Read More →
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Rafa Esparza

rafa esparza (b. 1981, Los Angeles; lives and works in Los Angeles) is a multidisciplinary artistwhose work reveals his interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship, his ownrelationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that it produces. Using liveperformance... Read More →

Session Leaders & Participants
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Yunuen Rhi

Yunuen is a martial and performance artist, independent researcher and healer based in Los Angeles, California. Her roots are in Mexico, the United States, and Korea.She started training in Baguazhang and healing arts in Beijing, China in 2008. Her Master Liu Xuyang initiated her... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

11:00am

Rendering Justice: Repairing the Social Fabric
Artists Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig will facilitate Rendering Justice: Repairing the Social Fabric, a participatory workshop exploring conceptions of safety and justice. The workshop will focus on critically examining the current reality of the U.S. justice system and on reframing the public narratives that perpetuate mass incarceration. Collectively, participants will render visible a shared vision for building a safer and more just society through conversation and quiltmaking. Participants will illustrate a quilt square using imagery that visually represents their conceptions of safety and justice; they’ll be encouraged to add their own creative interpretations but asked to refrain from using text. Krimes and Craig will draw upon their personal experiences of navigating the criminal justice system to facilitate discussion about the images and the relationship between participants’ conceptions of safety, justice, and systemic reform of the criminal justice system. For both Los Angeles and the nation, Rendering Justice affirms a vital truth: mass incarceration is close to every American community—and we all have a stake in reversing it and a responsibility to envision alternatives to incarceration.

Activation Artists/Performers
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Russell Craig

Russell Craig is self-taught multimedia artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Craig is best known for his portraits of incarcerated subjects that address larger political and social issues, particularly criminal justice reform and the impact of the prison industrial complex... Read More →
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Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work explores how contemporary media shapes or reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control. While serving a six-year prison sentence, he produced numerous bodies of work, established prison art programs, and worked collaboratively... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tateuchi Democracy Lab, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

11:00am

Bayeté Ross Smith 360 VR Experience
Bayete Ross Smith 360 is a 10 Minute VR Experience by artist Bayete Ross Smith featuring two 360 VR pieces: Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X and Ruby Bridges: 6 Years Old and Desegregating.

To Sign-up:
  • Please sign-up via the Check-In Table located in JANM right outside the Delegate Lounge.
  • Ask an FFCON VR Team Member for VR Sign up, who will assist you in choosing your desired time slot.

Once you sign up for a time slot, please arrive at the VR Lounge (Inside Delegate Lounge) 5 mins before the time slot. Wait for instructions from the FFCON VR Team. If you show up late or missed your time slot, no worries please go back to Check-In Table and sign up for a new time slot with an FFCON VR Team member.

THIS IS NOT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED EXPERIENCE.
ONLY 5 CHAIRS/5 HEADSETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EACH TIME SLOT.



History and historical memory are critical to our understanding of contemporary times, both in terms of our accomplishments but also in terms of the social issues we face. In these two pieces, Bayeté Ross Smith uses 360VR to examine sites of historic significance and the events that occurred on these sites, in order to examine how we live on top of history that is unresolved and therefore continue to be impacted by the social issues connected to this unresolved history. Archival images that document and relate to these historic events are blended over the contemporary 360 video in combination with animation, thus creating a sense of traveling back in time. These archival images also represent our historic memory as a society. The pieces are narrated through interviews with people who have first hand knowledge of the events that occurred, either as historians or as eyewitnesses.The resulting piece creates an engaging reflection on history and draws an aesthetic connection to how it impacts how we currently experience the world. Furthermore, though concise, they function as entry points to encourage further exploration and study of these events and topics.

Activation Artists/Performers
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Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

11:00am

Check-In Desk Open
All registered delegates should enter at 100 N Central Ave (map for The Japanese American National Museum or The Geffen Contemporary MOCA) at the corner of East 1st Street and South Central Ave. From there, the For Freedoms team will direct you to JANM Lounge to check-in. If you’re entering via the Geffen Parking Lot, please walk through the MOCA Plaza towards JANM Aratani Central Hall.

Friday February 28, 2020 11:00am - 7:00pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

12:00pm

Lunch
Lunch is provided outside in the MOCA Getty Plaza, catering by Homegirl. Please join us for the Delegate Propositions in the MOCA Plaza. Other points of interest to find a seat and eat: Delegate lounge in Central Hall at JANM, JANM Courtyard, JANM Family Garden. Friday’s lunch is Protein (Tofu & Grilled Vegetables) with pickled red onion and salsa verde over spinach, spicy potatoes black bean, corn, tomato salad. Activations will be open for viewing; feel free to explore both the Warehouse and JANM and interact with the many FFCon installations and interactive stations. Please note the Geffen Contemporary’s Galleries are closed.

Friday February 28, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

12:10pm

Delegate Propositions
Delegates are invited to pick-up lunch at Aratani Central Hall, JANM and join us for Delegate Propositions at 12:10pm at MOCA - Plaza.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Emma Nuzzo

For Freedoms
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Pola Dobrzynski

Partnerships Co-Manager and Community Engagement Manager, For Freedoms and Vision & Justice
Pola Dobrzynski is a first-generation creative from Long Island, New York. Having studied political communication at Emerson College, her work is informed by the ways in which rhetoric and aesthetic can inspire individuals to action. Her creative practice explores themes of family... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

1:15pm

Planning Sessions: Overview and Goals
To kick off the sessions, Michelle Woo and Kamal Sinclair will give an overview and speak about objectives and potential outcomes; Narcissister will set the stage with a performance; Tabitha Jackson, the newly appointed Director of the Sundance Film Festival, will speak about the piloting of the Congress at Sundance; and For...Freedom, an original animated film by VFX wizard Lyndon Barrois in collaboration with Shantell Martin and Aja Monet will premiere.

Activation Artists/Performers
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Narcissister

Narcissister is a Brooklyn-based artist and performer. Wearing mask and merkin, sheworks at the intersection of performance, dance, art, and activism in a range of mediaincluding film, video art, and experimental music. She actively integrates her priorexperience as a professional... Read More →

Session Leaders & Participants
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Kamal Sinclair

Executive Director, Guild of Future Architects
Kamal Sinclair is making the world more beautiful as the Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects, supporting independent artists as a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative, and makes art through a family creative practice at Sinclair... Read More →
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Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois is an artist and animator with a thirty-plus year career marked by a practice in many corners of the field including stop-motion work, groundbreaking CGI visual effects of feature films such as The Matrix Trilogy, and installations at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and... Read More →
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Michelle Woo

For Freedoms, Director
Michelle Woo is an art producer, art historian and arts business consultant based in Los Angeles. She is the Director of For Freedoms and received a 2017 ICP Infinity Award. Her diverse role includes project management of large-scale public art and exhibitions, curatorial advisement... Read More →
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Tabitha Jackson

Director, Sundance Film Festival


Friday February 28, 2020 1:15pm - 1:45pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:00pm

#jailbeddrop & It’s Dangerous Times, We Have to Be Connected
Limited Capacity seats available

The Crenshaw Dairy Mart—an Inglewood-based artist collective and art gallery dedicated to shifting the trauma-induced conditions of poverty and economic injustice—will host two performances as part of their session presentation. The first activation will present a unique iteration of #jailbeddrop, an experience which consists of a performance and interactive installation rooted in challenging our inherent notions of crime and punishment. The work contextualizes and facilitates a space to explore interpersonal accountability and reflect those values back on our “criminal justice system.” This work is currently in support of “Yes On R”, which will be on our March 2020 ballot. The second performance entitled “It’s Dangerous Times, We Have to be Connected” by Patrisse Cullors and noé olivas will ask attendees to join in a procession that encourages them to think more deeply about racial terror and gender injustice and engages participants to connect with one another.

Activation Artists/Performers
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#jailbeddrop

Brianna Mims: Movement Artist and Curator Mims is a movement artist, facilitator, and abolitionist. She is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California where she studied Dance and NGO’s and Social Change. She uses art, research, and facilitation as a catalyst for... Read More →

Session Leaders & Participants
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Alexandre Dorriz

Crenshaw Dairy Mart
Alexandre Dorriz is a research-based artist informed by interdisciplinary photographic approaches towards textile archiving and fieldwork practices, investigating auto-Orientalism, memory, optics, and fiber. Dorriz’s intermittent bodies of research include breeding silkworms to... Read More →
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Crenshaw Dairy Mart

Just South of Manchester and off of Crenshaw stands tall a former dairy mart, home to an artist collective and art gallery dedicated to shifting the trauma-induced conditions of poverty and economic injustice, bridging cultural work and advocacy, and investigating ancestries through... Read More →
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Noé Olivas

Crenshaw Dairy Mart
My work for the past seven years has been a meditation on what I call the poetics of labor. Growing up in a first-generation and working-class Mexican American home, I inherited a particular idea of what it means to perform hard labor. The grueling toughness of labor— physically... Read More →
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Patrisse Cullors

Crenshaw Dairy Mart
Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Founder and chair of a L.A. County Ballot committee Yes on R, which is set to be voted on the March 2020 California presidential primary, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:00pm

A Dialogue on Community and Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Brett Cook—an artist and educator who uses his creative practice to transform outer and inner worlds of being—will facilitate A Dialogue on Community and Collaboration, an interactive workshop that uses contemplative education strategies and participant generated review protocols to expand our definition of collaboration and community. These exercises will serve as a foundation for a dialogue about ethics and assessment in socially engaged art practices. Participants will be introduced to and model basic concepts of collaboration and community; learn how to create and use a rubric for observation, awareness, and evaluation of the process and communally-determined outcomes of collaborative work; and practice mindfulness, which is the practice of peace.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Brett Cook

Brett Cook is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who uses creative practices to transform outer and inner worlds of being. His objects feature painting, drawing, photography, and elaborate installations to tell pluralistic stories that reinvent representation. His public projects... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:00pm

Acknowledgement Beyond Goodwill
Limited Capacity seats available

ArtChangeUS—a five-year initiative based out of the California Institute of the Arts that created the ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits Toolkit—will host the workshop Acknowledgement Beyond Goodwill. This workshop will guide participants through arts-based exercises that help to locate ourselves on Indigenous land, acknowledge simultaneous histories, and begin to build equitable relationships with Indigenous communities. Facilitated by Pamela Villaseñor (Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians) and Kapena Alapai (ArtChangeUS).

Session Leaders & Participants
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ArtChangeUS

ArtChangeUS: Arts in a Changing America is a five-year initiative based out of the California Institute of the Arts and New York City. Our mission is to reframe the national arts conversation by embracing the cultural assets of demographic change. ArtChangeUS would like to acknowledge... Read More →
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Kapena Alapai

Project and Development Coordinator, Changing America
Kapena Alapai is the Project and Development Coordinator for Arts in a Changing America. Originally from Puʻuanahulu Hawaiʻi, he graduated from Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani Hawaiian Language College at University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and holds a Master’s degree in Arts and Cultural... Read More →
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Pamela Villaseñor

Pamela Villaseñor is the Executive Advisor to the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. Pamela Villaseñor has worked on her Tribe’s nation building efforts, such as spearheading the establishment of the Tribe’s Department of Education and Cultural Learning by fusing... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tateuchi Democracy Lab, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:00pm

Future Imagination in Present Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Kamal Sinclair—Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects—will host Future Imagination in Present Action in collaboration with Sharon Chang, Allyson Green, and the Guild of Future Architects Futurists Writer’s Room: Tony Patrick, Robert Sinclair, Lafayette Cruise & Madebo Fatunde. The session will catalyze an informed and collective imagination of the future among delegates, as a fundamental step to designing or evolving shared prosperity. The audience will be invited to put themselves in the past’s present and ask what were the blind spots, assumptions, ideological constraints that caused us to take the actual path we took, instead of a different path. How do we consider that today is our future’s past, and to grapple with our role as stewards for future generations?

Session Leaders & Participants
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Allyson Green

Guild of Future Architects
Allyson Green is a choreographer, visual artist, curator and arts educator. Integrating artistic creative development and education, advocacy for the arts, and service to the local and international community has been the mission of her multi-faceted career. Her creative research... Read More →
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Guild of Future Architects

Future architecture applies a disciplined approach to the design of intangible forms. Its purpose is to make the world more beautiful for more people.
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Kamal Sinclair

Executive Director, Guild of Future Architects
Kamal Sinclair is making the world more beautiful as the Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects, supporting independent artists as a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative, and makes art through a family creative practice at Sinclair... Read More →
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Lafayette Cruise

Guild of Future Architects
Lafayette Cruise - Hailing from Racine, WI, Lafayette is a futurist and urban planner whose work has taken him to regional government in Chicago to public housing high-rises in Milwaukee to New York City Hall. Through his burgeoning collective and Shared Future, Musings from the Margins... Read More →
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Madebo Fatunde

Futurist, Guild of Future Architects
Madebo Fatunde is a writer and futurist with research interests including futures of creative content, labor, biotechnology, and mass protest. His current work is focused on The Blackchain Project, a speculative future which imagines a world around a Pan-African Blockchain, and Unmanned... Read More →
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Robert Sinclair

Guild of Future Architects
Robert Sinclair is a future architect tinkering, building and designing at the crossroads of art, culture and technology with a dedication to beauty, justice and inclusive imagination. He is making art through a family creative practice at Sinclair Futures. Current projects include... Read More →
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Sharon Chang

Founder, Guild of Future Architects
Sharon Chang is a future architect and the founder of the Guild of Future Architects. Her work focuses on reframing the relationship between creativity, capital and impact.Her early career centered around media and technology. As the Chief Creative Officer of the entertainment juggernaut... Read More →
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Tony Patrick

Guild of Future Architects
Tony Patrick is a WorldBuilder, Immersive Director, and founder of the Tenfold Gaming Initiative. As an author/director of numerous screenplays, documentaries (HBO) and published comics (Batman & The Signal, X'ed), Tony's penchant for creating fictional worlds has catapulted him into... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tateuchi Democracy Forum, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

4:00pm

This Is Not A Gun
Limited Capacity full

Since the year 2000, United States police have “mistaken” at least 38 distinct objects as guns during shootings of a majority of young black American men. None of the victims were armed.

This Is Not a Gun engages with the public through community-driven ceramic workshops hosted by artists, activists, healers, and mindfulness collaborators. Together, participants shape these mistaken-as-gun objects in clay, giving presence to their form, the human rights violations, and racism prevalent in America today. This Is Not A Gun endeavors to carve out time and space for a community to site these issues - the injustices inflicted at the hands of law and order - within our own bodies and stories. The collective labor we offer is in deference to and an act of respect towards those directly carrying these burdens. Each workshop upholds a nonjudgemental space for sharing amongst anyone who participates, and conversation is catalyzed from making and feeling.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Angela Hennessy

Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and contemporary art. Through writing, studio work, and performance, her practice questions assumptions about Death... Read More →
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Candice Price

Candice Price is an inspirational speaker in Los Angeles CA. She is a member of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) which “empowers formerly and currently incarcerated people to thrive by providing a support network, comprehensive services, and opportunities to advocate for policy... Read More →
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Cara Levine

Cara Levine lives in Los Angeles, CA. Levine is an artist exploring the intersections of the physical, metaphysical, traumatic and illusionary through sculpture, video and socially engaged practice. She is the founder of This Is Not A Gun, a multidisciplinary project aiming to create... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Courtyard, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

4:00pm

30 Second Songs of Freedom
Limited Capacity seats available

Performance artist and composer Amelia Winger-Bearskin—who started off her artistic career as a Native American singer with a storytelling troupe before becoming an opera singer and now, collaborating making songs with artificial intelligence—will lead a songwriting session in which attendees will write and perform their own protest anthem. Song is a time-honored vehicle for mobilizing protest groups and galvanizing communities in the fight for justice. Please join and learn how to write and lift your voice for the struggle. Winger-Bearskin’s goal is to hear our voices together and alone in the streets, to practice singing, have fun, and express solidarity. No talent of any kind is required to have a great time at this session.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Developer Evangelist, Contentful and Mozilla / MIT fellow
My project at For Freedoms is an UnGuided meditation playlist found at https://wampum.codes Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist/technologist who empowers people to leverage bleeding edge technology to effect positive change in the world. In 2019 she was an invited presenter to His... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Plaza Stage, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

4:00pm

In Plain Sight: Building a Message
Limited Capacity seats available

A multi disciplinary team of creatives- Cassils, rafa esparza, Cristy Michel, PJ Raval, Set Hernandez Rongkilyo, Lina Sravastava, Rebecca Lichtenfeld, Farihah Zaman, and Matthew Dunnerstick- will present In Plain Sight. A large scale multifaceted performance that addresses the current migrant detention crisis, the work brings together visual artists, writers, filmmakers, activists and organizers to collaborate on a film, an organizing movement, and a day of action. They have enlisted 80 artists from around the USA and beyond to bring visibility to 80 different detention centers across the country through a monumental nation-wide media campaign with the capacity of reaching millions. At this session FFC delegates will get to learn about the team's strategies and goals as well as contribute initial ideas that will help highlight the proximity of the general American public to the hundreds of migrant internment camps in each state, hiding in plain sight.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Cassils

CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils hasachieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture.Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils... Read More →
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Cristy Michel

Cristy Michel is an independent producer committed to uncompromising visions thatchallenge conventional paradigms. Michel has produced films and live art works internationally.Michel has produced internally acclaimed performances including, Becoming an Image,Inextinguishable Fire... Read More →
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Farihah Zaman

Farihah Zaman is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, critic, and programmer. She works as production manager for Field of Vision. Her diverse background in the film industry includes working as the Acquisitions Manager at indie distribution company Magnolia Pictures, and serving as the the... Read More →
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Matthew Dunnerstick

Strong backbone, pretty face, catchy hooks. Digital marketing for those who just need it done perfect.Websites, apps, animations, eCommerce, SEO, banner ads, social media & all the rest of your full stack digital needs. Stick Creations, LLC is a media and production agency based in... Read More →
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PJ Raval

PJ is an award‐winning queer, filipinx filmmaker who resides in the red state of Texas. Born to immigrant parents and having grown up in a small, white, conservative town in California’s central valley, PJ's outsider experience has greatly shaped his filmmaking practice. PJ’s... Read More →
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Rafa Esparza

rafa esparza (b. 1981, Los Angeles; lives and works in Los Angeles) is a multidisciplinary artistwhose work reveals his interests in history, personal narratives, and kinship, his ownrelationship to colonization and the disrupted genealogies that it produces. Using liveperformance... Read More →
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Rebecca Lichtenfeld

Rebecca Lichtenfeld is a human rights advocate, producer and Director of Social Impact Media for the Bertha Foundation. Bertha Foundation supports forms of activism that aim to bring about change and champions those using media, law and enterprise as tools to achieve their vision... Read More →
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Set Hernandez Rongkilyo

Set Hernandez Rongkilyo is an undocumented immigrant filmmaker andcommunity organizer whose roots come from Bicol, Philippines. Set produces impactcoordination campaigns, videos and short documents that advance grass root messaging formigrant justice campaigns.


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

4:00pm

Miguel Luciano in Conversation with Sylvia Mendez and Aki Munemitsu Nakauchi
Limited Capacity seats available

Miguel Luciano—a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, popular culture, social justice and migration—will moderate a conversation between Sylvia Mendez and Akiko Nakauchi, inviting them to share their overlapping histories and special connection to one another. From the incarceration of Nakauchi’s family in U.S. concentration camps in the 1940s, to the historic legal battle that the Mendez family fought to desegregate public schools in California (Mendez v. Westminster), to the farmhouse that both families shared together — their interconnected stories are a profound reflection of the struggles for social justice and equality in this country, inviting us all to reconsider the interconnected roles we may play in the challenges before us now.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Akiko Nakauchi

Akiko Nakauchi is the youngest twin daughter of the Munemitsu family. The Munemitsu family owned and operated a farm in Orange County, California when WWII broke out. After the issuance of Executive Order 9066 (1942) they were forced to leave their farm and sent to a U.S. concentration... Read More →
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Miguel Luciano

Miguel Luciano is a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, popular culture, social justice and migration, through sculpture, painting and socially engaged public art projects. His work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally, and is featured... Read More →
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Sylvia Mendez

Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez is the oldest daughter of Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican migrant, who challenged segregation laws so that she and other Latino children could be provided the same quality education provided to white students... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Tateuchi Democracy Forum, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

4:00pm

WHAT DOES YES LOOK LIKE? Safety, Equity, Power: A Vision for Gender Justice
Limited Capacity filling up

The future is non-binary! Favianna Rodriguez—an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, CA whose work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology—will facilitate WHAT DOES YES LOOK LIKE? Safety, Equity, Power: A Vision for Gender Justice. In this session, participants will discuss and radically imagine how we can co-create an arts and culture ecosystem in which people of all genders can feel safe, share their stories, and build cultural power in order to manifest a future of true gender equity. Using tools for personal transformation and a vision board, we will examine the mindsets and practices that perpetuate patriarchy and violence against womxn, queer, and non-binary folks.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the United States... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Tateuchi Democracy Lab, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

5:00pm

Bayeté Ross Smith 360 VR Experience
Bayete Ross Smith 360 is a 10 Minute VR Experience by artist Bayete Ross Smith featuring two 360 VR pieces: Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X and Ruby Bridges: 6 Years Old and Desegregating.

To Sign-up:
  • Please sign-up via the Check-In Table located in JANM right outside the Delegate Lounge.
  • Ask an FFCON VR Team Member for VR Sign up, who will assist you in choosing your desired time slot.

Once you sign up for a time slot, please arrive at the VR Lounge (Inside Delegate Lounge) 5 mins before the time slot. Wait for instructions from the FFCON VR Team. If you show up late or missed your time slot, no worries please go back to Check-In Table and sign up for a new time slot with an FFCON VR Team member.

THIS IS NOT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED EXPERIENCE.
ONLY 5 CHAIRS/5 HEADSETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EACH TIME SLOT.



History and historical memory are critical to our understanding of contemporary times, both in terms of our accomplishments but also in terms of the social issues we face. In these two pieces, Bayeté Ross Smith uses 360VR to examine sites of historic significance and the events that occurred on these sites, in order to examine how we live on top of history that is unresolved and therefore continue to be impacted by the social issues connected to this unresolved history. Archival images that document and relate to these historic events are blended over the contemporary 360 video in combination with animation, thus creating a sense of traveling back in time. These archival images also represent our historic memory as a society. The pieces are narrated through interviews with people who have first hand knowledge of the events that occurred, either as historians or as eyewitnesses.The resulting piece creates an engaging reflection on history and draws an aesthetic connection to how it impacts how we currently experience the world. Furthermore, though concise, they function as entry points to encourage further exploration and study of these events and topics.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

5:40pm

Day 1 Wrap-Up
Remarks by Gina Belafonte and Hank Willis Thomas of For Freedoms 

Session Leaders & Participants
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Gina Belafonte

Speaker, USOW
Native New Yorker, Artivist, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. Executive Director of Sankofa.org, a social justice organization, that educates, motivates, and activates artists and allies in service... Read More →
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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 5:40pm - 6:00pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

6:00pm

Welcome Reception
Music by Joey Dosik and Performance by Jo the BGM
At 6:15pm, Activations Manager Daphne Takahashi will give a guided tour of all FFCon activations. Meet in front of the MOCA Warehouse.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Joey Dosik

Singer/Songwriter/Producer Joey Dosik honed his craft as part of a burgeoning Los Angeles scene that reinvents classic popular music to thrive in the present tense. Dosik himself acknowledges, “the challenge lies in making a record very much rooted in the lost golden age of recorded... Read More →


Friday February 28, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

6:15pm

Activations Tour with Daphne Takahashi
At 6:15pm, Activations Manager Daphne Takahashi will give a guided tour of all FFCon activations. Please meet in front of the MOCA Warehouse by the Mark Strandquist fences!


Activation Artists/Performers
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Daphne Takahashi

Curator, Activations Manager, Hank Willis Thomas Studio / For Freedoms


Friday February 28, 2020 6:15pm - 6:45pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
 
Saturday, February 29
 

6:30am

Check in and FFCON Lounge open
If you haven’t checked-in already, all registered delegates should enter at 100 N Central Ave (map for The Japanese American National Museum or The Geffen Contemporary MOCA) at the corner of East 1st Street and South Central Ave. From there, the For Freedoms team will direct you to sign-up. If you’re entering via the Geffen Parking Lot, please walk through the MOCA Plaza to find the check-in tables (look for the FFCon Directional Signs). LOUNGE: Come relax and enjoy refreshments. Phone charging stations available, VR open during specific times (check other schedule for times). Info desk right outside the lounge and Community Resource Desk open to all delegates to share toolkits, ideas, testimonies, and plans.

Saturday February 29, 2020 6:30am - 7:00pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

7:15am

Morning Movement and Meditation with Nicole Cardoza
Limited Capacity seats available

Nicole Cardoza—a social entrepreneur, investor, and public speaker making wellness accessible for everyone as founder of Yoga Foster and Reclamation Ventures—will lead a mindfulness class to ground FFCon Attendees. The class will use meditation and collective breaths to inspire attendees to ground oneselves in our ancestors in order to support our collective future. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and bring a notebook.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Nicole Cardoza

Nicole Cardoza

Reclamation Ventures
Nicole is a social entrepreneur, investor, and public speaker making wellness accessible for everyone. As the founder of both Yoga Foster, a national nonprofit that empowers educators with yoga and mindfulness for the classroom, and Reclamation Ventures, a fund that invests in high-potential... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 7:15am - 8:15am
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

8:00am

ACTIVATIONS OPEN
For Freedoms is pleased to present a curated series of art activations for the LA Congress. 
Largely participatory and interactive, these pop-up art projects and activities range from performances, readings, screenings, creative workshops, and installations. Centered in creative activism, social practice and community-building, these projects appear in and throughout the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Japanese American National Museum, and Hammer Museum.
 
As an extension of the Congress’ overall programming, these activations are meant to build momentum and awareness leading up to the 2020 presidential election through the perspectives and voices of artists, in order to spark civic engagement in local communities and beyond.

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Activations:
Amplifier, AMPLIFIER INSTALLATION
Lyndon Barrois, For… Freedom
Chris Berntsen, Stephen Ira, I have to think of us as separate people 
Cassils & Rafa Esparza, La Arena
Russell Craig & Jesse Krimes, Rendering Justice: Repairing the Social Fabric
Paula Crown, Thoughts & Prayers and Humble Humbris
Alixa Garcia, Who's Next: Up in Arms
Marc Gottesman & Michael Walsh, FOUR FREEDOMS → YOUR FREEDOMS: A Census Activation
Coby Kennedy, Supply and Demand
Muna Malik, Blessing of the Boats
Favianna Rodriguez, POWER, EQUITY, REPAIR
Mark Strandquist, PERFORMING STATISTICS #NOKIDSINPRISON (In Plaza)
Kambui Olujimi, A Life in Pictures - 8am to 10am; 11am to 3pm
 
JANM Activations:
Creative Time, WHY DO WE CONVENE? WHY SHOULD WE CONVENE
Karen Ishizuka, You Are Here
Steve Locke, Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray)
Emily Hanako Momohara, Family Incarceration: Never Again is Now
Hank Willis Thomas & Dr. Baz Dreisinger with Openbox (designed by MASS Design Group), The Writing on the Wall

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois is an artist and animator with a thirty-plus year career marked by a practice in many corners of the field including stop-motion work, groundbreaking CGI visual effects of feature films such as The Matrix Trilogy, and installations at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and... Read More →
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Cassils

CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils hasachieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture.Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils... Read More →
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Russell Craig

Russell Craig is self-taught multimedia artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Craig is best known for his portraits of incarcerated subjects that address larger political and social issues, particularly criminal justice reform and the impact of the prison industrial complex... Read More →
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Paula Crown

Paula Crown is an artist, advocate, and entrepreneur. She has spearheaded progressive initiatives in education, children’s health, environmentally sustainable business practices, and the arts. A cross-disciplinary artist, Crown’s work engages pencil to 3D printers. Since 2015... Read More →
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Alixa Garcia

Alixa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist. She is cofounder and artistic director of Climbing PoeTree, an activist multimedia theater and spoken-word duo. She is currently working to develop multimedia curricula to help learners understand and further analyze the systems of oppression... Read More →
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Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman is an advertising Creative Director and idea enthusiast. He discovered his passion for ideas as a college pre-med student when he was forced into an Art History class that changed his life. He followed this passion to the Guggenheim Collection and many advertising agencies... Read More →
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Aaron Huey

Founder, Amplifier
Amplifier is a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times. We design and distribute art that engages people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and sustainable future. Since 2011, we’ve worked with hundreds... Read More →
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Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira

Chris Berntsen is a New Orleans/New York based artist. His photography explores themes related to queerness, intimacy, and time. In addition to exhibition photography he also creates time-based projection and video works. Berntsen’s work has been exhibited in MoMA PS1, The Ogden... Read More →
avatar for Karen Ishizuka

Karen Ishizuka

Karen L. Ishizuka is a third-generation American of Japanese descent who was part of the Asian American movement in Los Angeles. She is the author of Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration, as well as many published articles, and coeditor of Mining the Home... Read More →
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Coby Kennedy

Coby Kennedy’s work deals with often unspoken and unaddressed dynamics of media’s influence on modern social entitlement and problematics of self-image. Using the communication tools of advertising and the entertainment industry, his painting, sculpture and video works hint at... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work explores how contemporary media shapes or reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control. While serving a six-year prison sentence, he produced numerous bodies of work, established prison art programs, and worked collaboratively... Read More →
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Steve Locke

Steve Locke is a contemporary artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work explores figuration and perceptions of the male figure, and themes of masculinity and homosexuality through drawing, painting, sculpture and installation art. He received an M.F.A. in 2001 from the Massachusetts... Read More →
avatar for Muna Malik

Muna Malik

Muna Malik is an immersive artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her artistic pursuits lie in documenting the lives of recent immigrants living in the United States. Her current work focuses on capturing poetic imagery and narratives of women of color and refugees. Malik's work has been... Read More →
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Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He works within the realm of ideas rather than within an exclusive medium. Although he has directed a great deal of work in film, his is truly a multi-media practice. He crafts potent social commentary from delicate... Read More →
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Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the United States... Read More →
avatar for Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →
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Mark Strandquist

Mark Strandquist has spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to amplify, celebrate, and power social justice movements. At the core of his practice is the belief that those most impacted by the criminal justice system are the experts society needs to... Read More →
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Creative Time

Creative TimeWHY DO WE CONVENE? WHY SHOULD WE CONVENEInstallationAratani Central Hall, JANM Contribute to the generation of new concerns that we as organizers need to consider when asking people to convene. Creative Time, pioneering New York arts organization that has presented ambitious... Read More →
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Writing on the Wall

Dr. Dreisinger is the founder of the “Prison-to-College Pipeline” program at John Jay College, and the founder and executive director of the “Incarceration Nations Network”. Founded in 2018, the “Incarceration Nations Network” is a global network that fosters and elevates... Read More →
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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is an art director and graphic designer in the advertising industry working for national and international brands. His passion for creativity and progressive change led him to found The Creative Cabinet, a non-profit dedicated to matching creative volunteers with young... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00am - 6:00pm
Japanese American National Museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

8:00am

UnGuided Meditation Room
Limited Capacity filling up

Inside this quiet room, you will be able to listen to the unGuided Meditation and playlist. Use this space to tune out, turn in, and reflect on the connections and insights you have made here at the For Freedoms Congress. The room will have low lighting and meditation cushions available for your use. The unGuided Meditation is a comedic take on a traditional guided meditation, we hope it offers a light-hearted entertaining meditation for you to relax during your time here. Listen to unGuided Meditation and ambient DJ set tracks by Composer, Singer, and Artist Amelia Winger-Bearskin via your own noise-cancelling headset—audio produced by Eamon O'Connor, 2020. There will be additional headsets available to check out at the Lounge Check In desk. Visit: http://wampum.codes There will also be warming eye masks available to help create a low-sensory experience.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Developer Evangelist, Contentful and Mozilla / MIT fellow
My project at For Freedoms is an UnGuided meditation playlist found at https://wampum.codes Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist/technologist who empowers people to leverage bleeding edge technology to effect positive change in the world. In 2019 she was an invited presenter to His... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00am - 6:00pm
Koichi & Toyo Nerio Education Center, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

8:30am

Bayeté Ross Smith 360 VR Experience
Bayete Ross Smith 360 is a 10 Minute VR Experience by artist Bayete Ross Smith featuring two 360 VR pieces: Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X and Ruby Bridges: 6 Years Old and Desegregating.

To Sign-up:
  • Please sign-up via the Check-In Table located in JANM right outside the Delegate Lounge.
  • Ask an FFCON VR Team Member for VR Sign up, who will assist you in choosing your desired time slot.

Once you sign up for a time slot, please arrive at the VR Lounge (Inside Delegate Lounge) 5 mins before the time slot. Wait for instructions from the FFCON VR Team. If you show up late or missed your time slot, no worries please go back to Check-In Table and sign up for a new time slot with an FFCON VR Team member.

THIS IS NOT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED EXPERIENCE.
ONLY 5 CHAIRS/5 HEADSETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EACH TIME SLOT.



History and historical memory are critical to our understanding of contemporary times, both in terms of our accomplishments but also in terms of the social issues we face. In these two pieces, Bayeté Ross Smith uses 360VR to examine sites of historic significance and the events that occurred on these sites, in order to examine how we live on top of history that is unresolved and therefore continue to be impacted by the social issues connected to this unresolved history. Archival images that document and relate to these historic events are blended over the contemporary 360 video in combination with animation, thus creating a sense of traveling back in time. These archival images also represent our historic memory as a society. The pieces are narrated through interviews with people who have first hand knowledge of the events that occurred, either as historians or as eyewitnesses.The resulting piece creates an engaging reflection on history and draws an aesthetic connection to how it impacts how we currently experience the world. Furthermore, though concise, they function as entry points to encourage further exploration and study of these events and topics.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 8:30am - 9:30am
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

10:00am

Day 2 Opening
The Day 2 Opening at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will feature introductory remarks by Sol Guy of For Freedoms, and Ann Burroughs and Rick Noguchi of JANM followed by a performance by award-winning actress Nobuko Miyamoto. Miguel Rivera will lead us in a Grounding and Land Acknowledgement. 

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Miguel Rivera

Miguel Rivera

Born in Guatemala, Rivera moved to the United States at the age of 13 in 1966. He started playing music professionally as a Percussionist in 1973. He toured and recorded with several major artists and in a variety of musical styles. He is a member of the core group of teachers at... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

10:00am

Tsuru For Solidarity Workshop
FF Con Attendees will be invited to participate in a Tsuru for Solidarity workshop. Tsuru for Solidarity is a group of Japanese American social justice advocates working to end detention and support immigrants and refugees targeted by racist, inhumane immigration policies. The tsuru (origami crane) is a traditional Japanese craft which attendees will collectively make and activate in protest actions.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Emily Hanako Momohara

Emily Hanako Momohara

Emily Hanako Momohara grew up outside of Seattle, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Washington, as well as her Master of Fine Arts in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas. She now serves... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 10:00am - 2:00pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

11:00am

Arts & Advocacy: Navigating Lobbying, Political Activity, and the First Amendment
Limited Capacity seats available

The Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture will host a session on Arts & Advocacy: Navigating Lobbying, Political Activity, and First Amendment, discussing how artists and arts organizations can navigate the constraints of neutrality, partisanship, and “politicized” speech within artistic programming and practice. Co-curated by Kristin Sakoda, Executive Director at LA County Department of Arts and Culture, and Michelle Woo, Director of For Freedoms. Sakoda and Woo will be joined by Amir Whitaker from ACLU of Southern California, and Nona Randois from Alliance for Justice.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Amir Whitaker

Amir Whitaker

Amir is a staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California. Prior to joining the ACLU, Amir represented students and incarcerated youth throughout Florida and Alabama for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He has worked as a researcher with the UCLA Civil Rights Project, and has... Read More →
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Kristin Sakoda

Kristin Sakoda is the Director of the newly-established Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the local arts agency dedicated to advancing arts, culture, and creativity throughout LA County. The Department of Arts and Culture provides grants and technical assistance to... Read More →
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Michelle Woo

For Freedoms, Director
Michelle Woo is an art producer, art historian and arts business consultant based in Los Angeles. She is the Director of For Freedoms and received a 2017 ICP Infinity Award. Her diverse role includes project management of large-scale public art and exhibitions, curatorial advisement... Read More →
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Nona Randois

Nona leads AFJ’s Bolder Advocacy work in California. She supervises AFJ’s California team and ensures that AFJ offers expert training, resources, and technical assistance to support nonprofits and foundations conducting advocacy in our state. She is a thought leader who directs... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

11:00am

New Museum’s NEW INC | New Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

New Museum’s NEW INC is an incubator for people working at the intersection of art, design and technology. The community of members, alumni, and mentors are committed to developing sustainable economic models for new nonprofits and social impact businesses; ambitious mixed reality installations and provocative art experiments; and innovative research in science and urban design. Two current NEW INC members Abhita Austin and Idris Brewster and mentor Stanley Lumax share their creative practices and discuss how storytelling through augmented reality, music and food can bring marginalized narratives to the center. The panel is organized by NEW INC’s cofounder, Karen Wong.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Abhita Austin

Abhita Austin

With 20 years of experience, producer-composer-videographer Abhita Austin serves as a unique talent to the recording industry. Abhita began her career in the late '90s at Quad recording studios in Manhattan. In 2009, she expanded her creative vision and opened Hidden Chapel Studios... Read More →
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Idris Brewster

Idris Brewster uses his technical and artistic expertise to disrupt traditional narratives through immersive experiences. His background is in Cognitive Science and Computer Science. As an artist, Idris focuses on blending technology and the material world as a means of creative expression... Read More →
avatar for Karen Wong

Karen Wong

Deputy Director, New Museum
Karen Wong is the Deputy Director of the New Museum, NYC. In 2013, she cofounded the initiative NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator for art, technology and design and leads the newly announced, mixed reality accelerator ONX Studio, to open in Summer 2019. She was the managing... Read More →
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Stanley Lumax

Stanley Lumax is the founder of African Chop House, which celebrates African culture through good food, music and people. Growing up in a Ghanaian household, he was consistently surrounded by these a lively community of parents, aunts and uncles and extended family. He has a professional... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tateuchi Democracy Forum, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

11:00am

Re:Framed: Boxed In & Blacked Out in America
Limited Capacity seats available

Marking this time we are living in with poignant reflection, protest, and vision, Truthworker Theatre Company—directed by Samara Gaev, will perform a poignant excerpt from their provocative three-part body of work that depicts the prison industrial complex through the lens of a dozen youth directly impacted by mass incarceration. This trilogy, comprised of original hip-hop theatre productions, moves from the school-to-prison pipeline and youth criminalization, through the impacts and practices of solitary confinement, and into re-entry upon release. Following the performance, Samara Gaev and Truthworker Theatre Company will offer an interactive workshop that calls upon modalities of theatre, writing, storytelling, and collaboration to unpack pressing issues of trauma, healing, power, privilege, social justice, and inequity in our communities. Drawing from a Theatre of the Oppressed pedagogy, this dynamic workshop will offer community members, educators, artists, activists, and organizers, tools for leveraging the stories that so often go untold. Sourcing the collective wisdom and collaborative power in the room, this workshop will use writing, art, and embodiment to create a safe space for radical self reflection, system analysis, community building, and articulating visions for change.

*Performance Featuring: Jazmin Luperena, Rebecca Haynes Oliver, Enlil McRae, Cory Fletcher, Zafar Mohammed & Kotton

Activation Artists/Performers
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Truthworker Theatre Company

Countering this nation’s landscape in which capitalism, divisiveness, and a lack of visionary truth-telling have stifled complex conversations, Truthworker Theatre Company’s deeply personal performances center redemption, forgiveness, and responsibility to humanize those most... Read More →

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Samara Gaev

Samara Gaev

Founder and Artistic Director, Truthworker Theatre Company
Samara Gaev, Founder & Artistic Director of Truthworker Theatre Company, is a Brooklyn-based activist, educator, facilitator, theater director, & performer. Her work has taken her to Zimbabwe, Senegal, Hawaii, Brazil, Peru, Cuba, Germany, Scotland, & throughout the United States... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

12:00pm

Bayeté Ross Smith 360 VR Experience
Bayete Ross Smith 360 is a 10 Minute VR Experience by artist Bayete Ross Smith featuring two 360 VR pieces: Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X and Ruby Bridges: 6 Years Old and Desegregating.

To Sign-up:
  • Please sign-up via the Check-In Table located in JANM right outside the Delegate Lounge.
  • Ask an FFCON VR Team Member for VR Sign up, who will assist you in choosing your desired time slot.

Once you sign up for a time slot, please arrive at the VR Lounge (Inside Delegate Lounge) 5 mins before the time slot. Wait for instructions from the FFCON VR Team. If you show up late or missed your time slot, no worries please go back to Check-In Table and sign up for a new time slot with an FFCON VR Team member.

THIS IS NOT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED EXPERIENCE.
ONLY 5 CHAIRS/5 HEADSETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EACH TIME SLOT.



History and historical memory are critical to our understanding of contemporary times, both in terms of our accomplishments but also in terms of the social issues we face. In these two pieces, Bayeté Ross Smith uses 360VR to examine sites of historic significance and the events that occurred on these sites, in order to examine how we live on top of history that is unresolved and therefore continue to be impacted by the social issues connected to this unresolved history. Archival images that document and relate to these historic events are blended over the contemporary 360 video in combination with animation, thus creating a sense of traveling back in time. These archival images also represent our historic memory as a society. The pieces are narrated through interviews with people who have first hand knowledge of the events that occurred, either as historians or as eyewitnesses.The resulting piece creates an engaging reflection on history and draws an aesthetic connection to how it impacts how we currently experience the world. Furthermore, though concise, they function as entry points to encourage further exploration and study of these events and topics.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

12:00pm

LUNCH
Turmeric Spiced Cauliflower, Herb Tofu & Falafel
Paired with Garlic Rice, Roasted Vegetables, Cold bean salad
Traditional Hummus and Pita Bread

Saturday February 29, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

12:10pm

Delegate Propositions
Delegates are invited to pick-up lunch at Aratani Central Hall, JANM and join us for Delegate Propositions at 12:10pm at MOCA - Warehouse.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Emma Nuzzo

Emma Nuzzo

For Freedoms
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Pola Dobrzynski

Partnerships Co-Manager and Community Engagement Manager, For Freedoms and Vision & Justice
Pola Dobrzynski is a first-generation creative from Long Island, New York. Having studied political communication at Emerson College, her work is informed by the ways in which rhetoric and aesthetic can inspire individuals to action. Her creative practice explores themes of family... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

1:15pm

WIDE AWAKES: AN EYE OPENER
Alone we are asleep; together we are awake.

Join For Freedoms cofounders Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, as well as Kamal Sinclair, Chrysi Philalithes, and special guests to learn about a new initiative for 2020. Inspired by an 1860s grassroots activist movement of the same name, we will introduce the Wide Awakes: a creative cultural force for all Americans.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly... Read More →
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Kamal Sinclair

Executive Director, Guild of Future Architects
Kamal Sinclair is making the world more beautiful as the Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects, supporting independent artists as a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative, and makes art through a family creative practice at Sinclair... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:30pm

Creatives for the Count: The U.S. Census x For Freedoms
Limited Capacity seats available

The next Decennial Census is happening in 2020. This once-a-decade count of the population is mandated by the U.S. Constitution, and determines the allocation of over $800 billion of government funding into communities, how political district lines are drawn, how many Representatives each state will get in the House of Representatives, and much more for the next 10 years. But it only works if everyone is counted, and many communities — like immigrants, people of color, and young children — are at risk of being undercounted, meaning they’ll receive less representation in Congress and funding for vital programs and services.

Band together with us for 90 minutes (or more) and bring your enthusiasm, your laptop and/or any creative tools and supplies, and — most importantly — your ideas. Make art, content, and other fun stuff with us that will get out the count and make sure every voice in the U.S. is heard.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Arianne Edmonds

Arianne Edmonds

Arianne Edmonds is a 5th generation Angeleno, storyteller and impact professional. In 2017 she founded the J.L. Edmonds Project, dedicated to preserving the legacy of The Liberator, an early 20th-century Los Angeles African American newspaper. Ms. Edmonds has exhibited her work connected... Read More →
avatar for Mara Abrams

Mara Abrams

Mara Abrams is the founder / co-director of Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL) at the U.S. Census Bureau, a startup-like team that is setting a standard for government to be more user-centered, data-driven, and creative. Mara previously led Global Partnerships at the Nike Foundation... Read More →
avatar for Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman is an advertising Creative Director and idea enthusiast. He discovered his passion for ideas as a college pre-med student when he was forced into an Art History class that changed his life. He followed this passion to the Guggenheim Collection and many advertising agencies... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Plaza, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:30pm

WIDE AWAKES: RULES FOR ENGAGEMENT
Join us as a creative innovator to collectively craft the rules of engagement for the Wide Awakes. We are inspired by this little known yet powerful part of history to come together, act, and stand for a better future.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Christina Caputo

Christina Caputo

Christina Caputo is a cultural and communications strategist and producer, driving innovation at organizations, with a focus on purpose driven initiatives, eco-innovation and social impact. Specializing in strategic partnerships and connecting talent to influential projects in the... Read More →
avatar for Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly... Read More →
avatar for Kendall Glaspie

Kendall Glaspie

Kendall Glaspie, B.S., is a business consultant and founder of Kue Theory Inc., a boutique content and digital marketing company based in NYC. He has had the privilege to work with established brands such CUNY, Martha Stewart, PIMCO, and Marriott International. Kendall has also worked... Read More →
avatar for Mecca Brooks

Mecca Brooks

Mecca Brooks is a cultural producer and arts strategist committed to driving connectedness in collaborative spaces. She specializes in community partnerships, urban ecology and project management to provide a platform for awakened and transformative being. Previous roles include Associate... Read More →
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Patton Hindle

Patton Hindle is the Head of Arts at Kickstarter, where she oversees the Arts and Performance Arts team whose specialists work closely with visual and performing artists, arts organizations, museums, and cultural institutions around the world to help them realize creative and ambitious... Read More →
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Tony Patrick

Guild of Future Architects
Tony Patrick is a WorldBuilder, Immersive Director, and founder of the Tenfold Gaming Initiative. As an author/director of numerous screenplays, documentaries (HBO) and published comics (Batman & The Signal, X'ed), Tony's penchant for creating fictional worlds has catapulted him into... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Parking Lot, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

2:30pm

Art Stories on Migration
Limited Capacity seats available

Deborah Willis—a contemporary African-American artist, photographer, curator of photography, photographic historian, author, and educator—and Ellyn Toscano—New York University’s Senior Director for Programming, Partnerships and Community Engagement in Brooklyn—will lead Art Stories on Migration, an exploration of the migration of women as the totality of many stories through the arts. Women have been part of historic movements of peoples around the world; we have been uprooted and displaced and have fled war, persecution, and insecurity. The topic of migration helps us to think about creating art about memory, belonging and identity, borders and home, self-imagining, family and loss. By reflecting on the work of contemporary artists, photographers, and video artists who are exploring what it means to migrate, we aim to find deeper understanding in how identities are realized, rejected, performed, and desired.

Ernest J. Wilson, III will offer a provocation: "Third Space Thinking: A Perspective on Migration."

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Deborah Willis

Deborah Willis

Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Deborah Willis, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation; contemporary women photographers... Read More →
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Ellyn Toscano

Senior Director for Programming, Partnerships and Community Engagement, New York University
Ellyn Toscano is New York University’s Senior Director for Programming, Partnerships and Community Engagement in Brooklyn. In this position, she is charged with fostering programming partnerships at the intersection of technology, new media and the arts, and establishing new programming... Read More →
avatar for Ernest J. Wilson III

Ernest J. Wilson III

Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D., professor of communication and political science, is founder and director of the USC Center for Third Space Thinking, devoted to research, teaching and executive education on soft skills in the digital age. He is also a faculty fellow at USC Annenberg’s... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:30pm

Is Being Climate-Woke Enough? Artist Power for Climate Justice
Limited Capacity filling up

Layel Camargo and Favianna Rodriguez will discuss the intersections of climate change and racial justice, and explore cultural strategies for helping to protect our only home. Our current relationship to the earth is based on destructive myths that have shaped our cultural imaginations since colonization, building a society around fossil fuel extraction and labor exploitation. We are in an urgent time given the climate crisis and now more than ever we need artist leadership. Join Camargo and Rodriguez as they discuss the intersections of climate justice and racial justice and more, and explore cultural strategies for helping to protect our only home. How, then, do we undergo a process of massive and rapid transformative change to save our species and be in best relationship with the planet? How can we create a new mythology through the creation of culture. Artists can help us see and lead us to the future we need to thrive along mother earth.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the United States... Read More →
avatar for Layel Camargo

Layel Camargo

(They/Them/Theirs) is an Indigenous descendant of the Yaqui and Mayo tribes from the Sonoran Desert and was born and raised in the border town of San Diego, CA. Layel, a transgender & non binary person, graduated from University of California Santa Cruz and has experience as a former... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Tateuchi Democracy Lab, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

2:30pm

With Drawn Arms
Limited Capacity seats available

Glenn Kaino—an artist who transforms conventional materials and forms through a process of working that mobilizes the languages, logics, and economies of other creative disciplines as raw elements in artistic production—will lead With Drawn Arms, an engagement based on his exhibition created in 2018 with Tommie Smith. A half-century before NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee, gold medal sprinter Tommie Smith raised a fist at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico to protest abuse of human rights around the world and in response to the struggle for civil rights in the United States. Fifty years later, in this interactive workshop, participants will draw using Kaino’s exhibit as inspiration. By bridging the past and present, With Drawn Arms powerfully resonates in the current moment of reckoning with racial injustice in America.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Glenn Kaino

Glenn Kaino

Glenn Kaino (b. 1972 Los Angeles, CA) transforms conventional materials and forms through a process of working that mobilizes the languages, logics, and economies of other creative disciplines as raw elements in artistic production. Conceiving his practice as conceptual kitbashing... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Gallery Foyer, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

4:30pm

Bayeté Ross Smith 360 VR Experience
Bayete Ross Smith 360 is a 10 Minute VR Experience by artist Bayete Ross Smith featuring two 360 VR pieces: Firsthand Account: The Assassination of Malcolm X and Ruby Bridges: 6 Years Old and Desegregating.

To Sign-up:
  • Please sign-up via the Check-In Table located in JANM right outside the Delegate Lounge.
  • Ask an FFCON VR Team Member for VR Sign up, who will assist you in choosing your desired time slot.

Once you sign up for a time slot, please arrive at the VR Lounge (Inside Delegate Lounge) 5 mins before the time slot. Wait for instructions from the FFCON VR Team. If you show up late or missed your time slot, no worries please go back to Check-In Table and sign up for a new time slot with an FFCON VR Team member.

THIS IS NOT A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED EXPERIENCE.
ONLY 5 CHAIRS/5 HEADSETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR EACH TIME SLOT.



History and historical memory are critical to our understanding of contemporary times, both in terms of our accomplishments but also in terms of the social issues we face. In these two pieces, Bayeté Ross Smith uses 360VR to examine sites of historic significance and the events that occurred on these sites, in order to examine how we live on top of history that is unresolved and therefore continue to be impacted by the social issues connected to this unresolved history. Archival images that document and relate to these historic events are blended over the contemporary 360 video in combination with animation, thus creating a sense of traveling back in time. These archival images also represent our historic memory as a society. The pieces are narrated through interviews with people who have first hand knowledge of the events that occurred, either as historians or as eyewitnesses.The resulting piece creates an engaging reflection on history and draws an aesthetic connection to how it impacts how we currently experience the world. Furthermore, though concise, they function as entry points to encourage further exploration and study of these events and topics.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Aratani Central Hall, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

4:45pm

Freedom from Want Town Hall
Limited Capacity seats available

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. Food insecurity and houselessness too underline healthcare inequity and inaccessibility. Is access to housing, food, education, safety, and quality medical care a human right? Join us for a discussion with three generations of organizers, Dolores Huerta, Emiliana Guereca, Edna Chavez with Rani Marx, Pete White, and the LA CAN Freedom Singers for this conversation on Freedom from Want that will focus on the intersection of health care, slow medicine, houselessness, immigration policy, structural obstacles, and recent ballot measures

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta (born April 10, 1930) is an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Cesar Chavez, is a co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).
avatar for Gina Belafonte

Gina Belafonte

Speaker, USOW
Native New Yorker, Artivist, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. Executive Director of Sankofa.org, a social justice organization, that educates, motivates, and activates artists and allies in service... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 4:45pm - 6:45pm
Warehouse, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

5:30pm

The Future of How We Think, Feel, and See
Limited Capacity seats available

How can we operate from a place of possibility in a world full of existential fear? Our rapidly changing world is always presenting new obstacles, demanding changes in the ways we respond. This multidisciplinary panel will explore the role of expanding our consciousness in shifting how we relate to each other and the natural world. How can art, science, and plants help us vision new ways forward grounded in collective action and healing? From the often depressing front lines of climate science and mental health, we will hear from panelists whose unique research is yielding incredibly promising results, including removing carbon from the atmosphere and effectively treating PTSD, addiction, and depression with psychedelic therapy and cannabis. Indigenous traditions around the globe have long used ceremony, music, dance, and sacred plants to align and to heal community. How can we learn, and create the physical and psychological spaces to vision possibility from a place of balance?

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Autumn Breon Williams

Autumn Breon Williams

Autumn Breon works to reimagine global narratives through art and education. A graduate of Stanford, she studied Aeronautics & Astronautics and researched aeronautical astrobiology applications for NASA. As the only woman of color in her cohort and dissatisfied with a lack of representation... Read More →
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Ben Bronfman

Benjamin Zachary Bronfman is an American entrepreneur and musician. Bronfman is a strategic advisor and principal investor with Algae Systems, a carbon capture project and an associate managing director at Global Thermostat, a bio-fuel company.
avatar for Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Rosenthal

Jeff Rosenthal

Jeff Rosenthal is the Co-Founder of Summit, a global thought leadership community and ideas festival series. He’s the co-owner and principal designer of Powder Mountain and Summit Powder Mountain, Co-director of the Summit Action Fund, Founding Board member of the Summit Institute... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Lyla Ginsberg

Natalie Lyla Ginsberg

Natalie Lyla Ginsberg, M.S.W., is the director of policy and advocacy at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She works to dismantle the global war on drugs and stem colonialism’s erasure of traditional plant medicine practices by advocating for access... Read More →
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Peter Eisenberger

In his four decades in the field of applied sciences, Dr. Peter Eisenberger has held numerous leadership and academic positions. He started his career at Bell Laboratories and then worked at Exxon Research and Engineering Company. In 1989, he was appointed Professor of Physics at... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Tateuchi Democracy Lab, Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

7:00pm

Crenshaw Dairy Mart Inaugural BBQ and Exhibition: RSVP ENCOURAGED - link in description
RSVP AT EVENTBRITE LINK: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ffcon-x-crenshaw-dairy-mart-inaugural-bbq-tickets-95773195205

Just South of Manchester and off of Crenshaw stands tall a former dairy mart, home to an artist collective and art gallery dedicated to shifting the trauma-induced conditions of poverty and economic injustice, bridging cultural work and advocacy, and investigating ancestries through the lens of Inglewood and its community. As part of The For Freedoms Congress, we enthusiastically invite you to join us at the inaugural barbecue for The Crenshaw Dairy Mart. Together we will celebrate The Dairy Mart and For Freedoms communities, and honor South Central Los Angeles and its contributions to the history of fine arts and practice.
The evening will include DJing by Suga Shay, the Dairy Mart's exhibition Yes on R!, as well as host a talkback between art advisor Autumn Breon Williams and artist, musician, and filmmaker Damon Davis. Beer, wine, and Kenny's BBQ will be provided.

8629 Crenshaw Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305, USA

Activation Artists/Performers
Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Alexandre Dorriz

Alexandre Dorriz

Crenshaw Dairy Mart
Alexandre Dorriz is a research-based artist informed by interdisciplinary photographic approaches towards textile archiving and fieldwork practices, investigating auto-Orientalism, memory, optics, and fiber. Dorriz’s intermittent bodies of research include breeding silkworms to... Read More →
avatar for Autumn Breon Williams

Autumn Breon Williams

Autumn Breon works to reimagine global narratives through art and education. A graduate of Stanford, she studied Aeronautics & Astronautics and researched aeronautical astrobiology applications for NASA. As the only woman of color in her cohort and dissatisfied with a lack of representation... Read More →
avatar for Crenshaw Dairy Mart

Crenshaw Dairy Mart

Just South of Manchester and off of Crenshaw stands tall a former dairy mart, home to an artist collective and art gallery dedicated to shifting the trauma-induced conditions of poverty and economic injustice, bridging cultural work and advocacy, and investigating ancestries through... Read More →
avatar for Damon Davis

Damon Davis

Damon Davis is an award-winning, post-disciplinary artist who works and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. In a practice that is part therapy, part social commentary, his work spans across a spectrum of creative mediums to tell stories exploring how identity is informed by power and... Read More →
avatar for Noé Olivas

Noé Olivas

Crenshaw Dairy Mart
My work for the past seven years has been a meditation on what I call the poetics of labor. Growing up in a first-generation and working-class Mexican American home, I inherited a particular idea of what it means to perform hard labor. The grueling toughness of labor— physically... Read More →
avatar for Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors

Crenshaw Dairy Mart
Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. Founder and chair of a L.A. County Ballot committee Yes on R, which is set to be voted on the March 2020 California presidential primary, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular... Read More →


Saturday February 29, 2020 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Crenshaw Dairy Mart 8629 Crenshaw Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90305, USA
 
Sunday, March 1
 

8:00am

ACTIVATIONS OPEN
For Freedoms is pleased to present a curated series of art activations for the LA Congress. 
Largely participatory and interactive, these pop-up art projects and activities range from performances, readings, screenings, creative workshops, and installations. Centered in creative activism, social practice and community-building, these projects appear in and throughout the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Japanese American National Museum, and Hammer Museum. 
As an extension of the Congress’ overall programming, these activations are meant to build momentum and awareness leading up to the 2020 presidential election through the perspectives and voices of artists, in order to spark civic engagement in local communities and beyond.

Hammer Museum Activations:
Garrett Bradley, America: screenings 11:15 am to 12:15pm
Russell Craig & Jesse Krimes, Rendering Justice: Repairing the Social Fabric
Paula Crown, Hurt People Hurt People and LIAR LIAR

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Activations:
Amplifier, AMPLIFIER INSTALLATION
Lyndon Barrois, For… Freedom
​Cassils & Rafa Esparza, La Arena
Chris Berntsen, Stephen Ira, I have to think of us as separate people 
Paula Crown, Thoughts & Prayers and Humble Humbris
Alixa Garcia, Who's Next: Up in Arms
Marc Gottesman & Michael Walsh, FOUR FREEDOMS → YOUR FREEDOMS: A Census Activation
Coby Kennedy, Supply and Demand
Muna Malik, Blessing of the Boats
Favianna Rodriguez, POWER, EQUITY, REPAIR
Mark Strandquist, PERFORMING STATISTICS #NOKIDSINPRISON (In Plaza)
Kambui Olujimi, A Life in Pictures


Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois is an artist and animator with a thirty-plus year career marked by a practice in many corners of the field including stop-motion work, groundbreaking CGI visual effects of feature films such as The Matrix Trilogy, and installations at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Bradley

Garrett Bradley

Garrett Bradley’s multimedia work draws together broad themes of oppression and conflict with a particular emphasis on place and location. Across a body of moving-image productions that blend elements of documentary and fiction, cinema and video art, Bradley’s camera situates... Read More →
avatar for Russell Craig

Russell Craig

Russell Craig is self-taught multimedia artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Craig is best known for his portraits of incarcerated subjects that address larger political and social issues, particularly criminal justice reform and the impact of the prison industrial complex... Read More →
avatar for Paula Crown

Paula Crown

Paula Crown is an artist, advocate, and entrepreneur. She has spearheaded progressive initiatives in education, children’s health, environmentally sustainable business practices, and the arts. A cross-disciplinary artist, Crown’s work engages pencil to 3D printers. Since 2015... Read More →
avatar for Alixa Garcia

Alixa Garcia

Alixa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist. She is cofounder and artistic director of Climbing PoeTree, an activist multimedia theater and spoken-word duo. She is currently working to develop multimedia curricula to help learners understand and further analyze the systems of oppression... Read More →
avatar for Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman is an advertising Creative Director and idea enthusiast. He discovered his passion for ideas as a college pre-med student when he was forced into an Art History class that changed his life. He followed this passion to the Guggenheim Collection and many advertising agencies... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey

Founder, Amplifier
Amplifier is a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times. We design and distribute art that engages people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and sustainable future. Since 2011, we’ve worked with hundreds... Read More →
avatar for Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira

Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira

Chris Berntsen is a New Orleans/New York based artist. His photography explores themes related to queerness, intimacy, and time. In addition to exhibition photography he also creates time-based projection and video works. Berntsen’s work has been exhibited in MoMA PS1, The Ogden... Read More →
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Coby Kennedy

Coby Kennedy’s work deals with often unspoken and unaddressed dynamics of media’s influence on modern social entitlement and problematics of self-image. Using the communication tools of advertising and the entertainment industry, his painting, sculpture and video works hint at... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work explores how contemporary media shapes or reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control. While serving a six-year prison sentence, he produced numerous bodies of work, established prison art programs, and worked collaboratively... Read More →
avatar for Muna Malik

Muna Malik

Muna Malik is an immersive artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her artistic pursuits lie in documenting the lives of recent immigrants living in the United States. Her current work focuses on capturing poetic imagery and narratives of women of color and refugees. Malik's work has been... Read More →
avatar for Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He works within the realm of ideas rather than within an exclusive medium. Although he has directed a great deal of work in film, his is truly a multi-media practice. He crafts potent social commentary from delicate... Read More →
avatar for Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the United States... Read More →
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Mark Strandquist

Mark Strandquist has spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to amplify, celebrate, and power social justice movements. At the core of his practice is the belief that those most impacted by the criminal justice system are the experts society needs to... Read More →
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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is an art director and graphic designer in the advertising industry working for national and international brands. His passion for creativity and progressive change led him to found The Creative Cabinet, a non-profit dedicated to matching creative volunteers with young... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 8:00am - 6:00pm
Hammer Museum & The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

11:00am

Building The For Freedoms 2020 Creative Plan of Action
Limited Capacity seats available

Mark Skidmore, Chrysi Philalithes, and Tanya Selvaratnam of For Freedoms will facilitate our culminating program. At the close of FFCon, For Freedoms session leaders will “caucus” to present key findings from the Congress. These offerings will include core values that together will make up the For Freedoms Creative Plan of Action, a collective manifesto by our community outlining strategies to supercharge civic engagement leading up to the 2020 elections. The event will close with remarks from the For Freedoms organizing team.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Emma Nuzzo

Emma Nuzzo

For Freedoms
avatar for Evan Walsh

Evan Walsh

Assistant Producer, FFCon, For Freedoms
Evan is the assistant producer for FF Congress. Evan Walsh (b. 1995) is an NYC-based photographer and writer originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Evan's work explores chosen family, trauma, and mythologies of masculinity—both his writing and photography investigate the real... Read More →
avatar for Jun Mabuchi

Jun Mabuchi

For Freedoms
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Mark Skidmore

MARK SKIDMORE is a political strategist and social impact entrepreneur. He is currently Co-Founder and CEO of Assemble, an integrated media firm focused on politics and issues campaigns. He is also a For Freedoms advisor. Prior, Mark was a founding partner of Bully Pulpit Interactive... Read More →
avatar for Pola Dobrzynski

Pola Dobrzynski

Partnerships Co-Manager and Community Engagement Manager, For Freedoms and Vision & Justice
Pola Dobrzynski is a first-generation creative from Long Island, New York. Having studied political communication at Emerson College, her work is informed by the ways in which rhetoric and aesthetic can inspire individuals to action. Her creative practice explores themes of family... Read More →
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Tanya Selvaratnam

Advisor, Producer, For Freedoms
Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Long Beach, CA, Tanya Selvaratnam is a writer and an Emmy-nominated and Webby-winning producer. She has been an organizer for many large-scale events, such as the 1995 Beijing Women’s Conference, the 1999 WHO Kobe Conference on Women and Tobacco... Read More →
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taylor brock

taylor brock started at For Freedoms in June 2016 and assists with billboards, special partnerships, communications, and merchandise. She graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a degree in Social Justice & Creative Activism and her interests lie at the... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 11:00am - 12:45pm
Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy Studio, Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

11:15am

America: A Film By Garrett Bradley
Limited Capacity seats available

Two screenings of Garrett Bradley's America, recently shown at Sundance 2019, will play in the Billy Wilder Theatre. Composed of 12 silent interconnected vignettes that draw upon Black history, America is a cinematic omnibus rooted in New Orleans, challenging the idea of black cinema as a "wave" or "movement in time," proposing instead a continuous thread of achievement. Run time: 30 minutes.

Activation Artists/Performers
avatar for Garrett Bradley

Garrett Bradley

Garrett Bradley’s multimedia work draws together broad themes of oppression and conflict with a particular emphasis on place and location. Across a body of moving-image productions that blend elements of documentary and fiction, cinema and video art, Bradley’s camera situates... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 11:15am - 12:15pm
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

1:00pm

Freedom of Worship Town Hall
Limited Capacity seats available

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 if all roads lead to god. Local leaders include Edward Anderson, Rabbi Sharon Brous, Lydia Ponce, Miehrit Kassa, and Maryam Nouh. Presented by Sankofa.org.

Session Leaders & Participants
avatar for Gina Belafonte

Gina Belafonte

Speaker, USOW
Native New Yorker, Artivist, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. Executive Director of Sankofa.org, a social justice organization, that educates, motivates, and activates artists and allies in service... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy Studio, Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

1:30pm

Breaking Point: Intergenerational Families
Limited Capacity seats available

Breaking Point is a series of live recorded public conversations at the REACH—the new extension campus of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts— that unpacks the present moment of dramatic U.S. demographic and cultural transformation by asserting that a new plurality is not a counternarrative, but the story of our times. The inaugural conversation will feature family, pairing two artists with their artist-parent to discuss the trajectories of their work grounded in their family’s relationship with activism and social change. Kennedy Center’s Marc Bamuthi Joseph will link this intergenerational conversation between guests Hank Willis Thomas, acclaimed conceptual artist and co-founder 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. Pulling forward the notion that the family is our first network, this conversation asks: how can we learn from and teach liberation to those in our community. How are these lessons carried beyond the kitchen table and into the world? Join us as these powerhouse families offer their unique, cross-cultural experience of change led by creativity and heritage.

The Breaking Point series is presented by and will be live-streamed via the Kennedy Center and ArtChangeUS channels. Interactive conversations will engage the audience and featured guests through in-person and virtual Q&A. A recording of each event will be collaboratively produced by the Kennedy Center and ArtChangeUS as a Podcast collection hosted by the Kennedy Center.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Deborah Willis

Chair, Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Deborah Willis, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation; contemporary women photographers... Read More →
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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, the International Center of Photography, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Musée du quai Branly... Read More →
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Jamaica Heoli Osorio

Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Heoli earned her PhD in English (Hawaiian literature) with the completion of her dissertation entitled: “(Re)membering ʻUpena... Read More →
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Jonathan Osorio

Dr. Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio is Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Dr. Osorio received his PhD in History from the University of Hawaiʻi. At Kamakakūokalani, he has developed and taught classes in history, literature, law as culture, music as historical... Read More →
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Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Bamuthi (Marc Bamuthi Joseph) is a 2017 TED Global Fellow, an inaugural recipient of the Guggenheim Social Practice initiative, and an honoree of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship. Joseph’s opera libretto, We Shall Not Be Moved, was named one of 2017’s “Best Classical... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

3:30pm

It’s A Wrap! Party
Activation Artists/Performers
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San Cha

San Cha is a singer-songwriter, based in the City of Angels, increasingly known for her visceral and explosive live performances. Her name, derived from the Spanish word sancha, which translates to ‘mistress’, is a mischievous reference to the title of ‘San’, given to male... Read More →


Sunday March 1, 2020 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy Studio, Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
 
Monday, March 2
 

7:00pm

Freedom of Speech Town Hall
Limited Capacity seats available

We are inundated with discussion about Freedom of 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 Sabra Williams, Melina Abdullah, Edna Chavez, Maggie Wheeler and Emile Hassan Dyer with members of The Golden Bridge Choir. Presented by Sankofa.org.

Session Leaders & Participants
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Emile Hassan Dyer

Emile Hassan Dyer is a choir director, vocalist, improvisational performer, percussionist, storyteller and has facilitated vocal workshops in the US and Canada.  Raised in France and Senegal Emile was influenced at an early age by the rhythms and music of West Africa. He brings... Read More →
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Gina Belafonte

Speaker, USOW
Native New Yorker, Artivist, Gina Belafonte has spent her life in the arenas of entertainment and activism where her professional work thrives today. Executive Director of Sankofa.org, a social justice organization, that educates, motivates, and activates artists and allies in service... Read More →
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Golden Bridge Choir

Maggie Wheeler and Emile Hassan Dyer have been working together for 14 years as co-directors of the Golden Bridge Community Choir in Los Angeles, a non-auditioned, intergenerational choir. They are members of The Ubuntu Choirs Network.
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Maggie Wheeler

Maggie Wheeler is best known in the U.S and internationally for her extensive work as an actress in film, television and voice-over and most notably as the character of Janice on NBC’s hit series Friends. Maggie is a passionate singer / song writer / choir director and workshop facilitator... Read More →
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Sabra Williams

Speaker, USOW


Monday March 2, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Lobby, California African American Museum 600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037, USA
 


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