Ringling Museum Joins For Freedoms' 50 State Initiative

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The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is partnering with For Freedoms, a platform for civic engagement, discourse and direct action by artists in the United States, as it launches its 50 State Initiative to encourage broad participation and inspire conversation around November’s midterm elections. On September 17, The Ringling will install Vote and Continue to Dream, a 10- by 40-foot image by renowned photographer Carrie Mae Weems, on a billboard in Sarasota. For the 50 State Initiative, For Freedoms has activated its network of over 300 artists and 200 institutional partners, which will produce nationwide public art installations, exhibitions and local community dialogues, and model how arts institutions can become nonpartisan civic forums.

Vote and Continue to Dream by Carrie Mae Weems will be installed on a billboard located near U.S. 301 and State Road 70, midway between Sarasota and Bradenton. One of the most influential contemporary artists in America, Weems’s work has been part of solo and group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frist Center for Visual Art and Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the MacArthur “Genius” grant in 2013 as well as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

For Freedoms 50 State Initiative

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