"To Be Free" Project

This interactive workshop open to adults and older children and led by visual artist Sophia Dawson, will introduce people to political prisoners, and explore the questions: what makes someone a political prisoner? Who are some of the U.S. held political prisoners? How can we support them? How can we use visual art to share their story?

The session will include video and other information about U.S. political prisoners, and give an opportunity for participants to interact with correspondence to and from several of these incarcerated individuals as part of Dawson's ongoing body of work around this issue, including her Paper Planes project, which strives to create 800 planes to represent the number of years political prisoners from the black liberation movement have been collectively incarcerated.

The Rosenberg Fund for Children is proud to underwrite this event as part of the artist's mini-residency and participation in the Millpond.Live art and music festival at Millside Park in Easthampton.

  • Thursday, August 24, 2017
  • 6:30 PM
  • Rosenberg Fund for Children, Eastworks Building, Ste. 348, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton, MA
  • Free, but advanced registration to hold a spot is requested. Visit http://bit.ly/2uzhBCp to register.

Sophia Dawson is a Brooklyn-based visual artist whose work explores police brutality and Black Liberation Movements among other themes. Her art will be displayed at the August 26th Millpond.Live event, as part of a new element at this year’s festival: pop-up visual art shows housed in shipping containers.