Students enrolled in Professor Leah Sobsey’s Photographic Installation courses invite community members in this ongoing project to respond to two prompts: A time when they felt free, and a time when they felt their freedom taken away. The students interview participants, photograph them, then print their responses and black and white portraits on lawn signs that are installed in public spaces.
The Lawn Sign Project comes to NYC from Greensboro, NC, November 15th, 2019. Students will invite people in Prospect Park to participate from 10am – 3pm in Drummers Grove, Brooklyn, NY.
After Prospect Park, the next stop for this traveling installation is Raleigh, NC on November 23, 2019 from noon – 3 PM at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens, 1215 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27610. This iteration is a Citizen Initiated Art Project approved by the City of Raleigh Art Commission
The Lawn Sign Project, made possible through a UNCG Diversity Grant, is in collaboration with UNCG’s Community Arts Collaborative, the UNC-G School of Art, and in association with For Freedoms, a non-partisan nationwide initiative that uses art to deepen public discussions on civic issues and core values for people who want to be more engaged in public life.
The project stems from For Freedom re-imagining Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear.