For Freedom Lawn Sign Activation Event, Fall 2020

Find us around campus on four different dates to create your own campaign-style sign for display on campus focused around the four essential human freedoms FDR spoke of in his 1941 speech: Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Fear, Freedom from Want, and Freedom of Worship.

This project was originally initiated by For Freedoms,  an artist-led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. Founded in 2016 by artists Hank Willis Thomas, Eric Gottesman and Michelle Woo, For Freedoms does not overtly support any specific party or candidate, but instead works with artists and organizations to center the voices of artists in public discourse, expand what participation in a democracy looks like, and reshape conversations about politics.

To participate, visitors will be asked to choose a sign and fill it in. Signs will then be placed in a designated display area on campus.

Everyone has an investment or interpretation of what freedom means. Some questions you may consider as you fill in your sign:
What does freedom mean in the 21st century?
What issue/s do you want to bring to light on our campus and for our community?


  • Monday 10/19: Baker, near the COVID Testing Site 12pm-3pm
  • Friday 10/23: Commons 5pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 10/28: Baker, near the COVID Testing Site 11am-2pm
  • Monday 02/11: Union Lobby 11am-2pm

Disclaimer: We reserve the right not to display any signs that do not embrace the values of this project, or that fit the definition of  microaggressions – verbal and nonverbal interpersonal exchanges in which a perpetrator causes harm to a target, whether intended or unintended. Micro refers to the interpersonal, microlevel context of the act, and aggressions refer to insults, invalidations, and assaults that may manifest as verbal or nonverbal behaviors that cause indirect, social, and relational forms of harm, such as exclusion, with or without intentions to do so. 

This project is funded through the Stories Yet To Be Told: Race, Racism, and Accountability Grant, and is a collaboration between Davidson Microaggressions Project, the Van Every/Smith Galleries and Davidson College Arts and Creative Engagement.