The Voice Project Launches "Imprisoned for Art"
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:12:46
On November 16th The Voice Project launched the "Imprisoned for Art" campaign. Well-known artists have been paired with currently imprisoned artists on t-shirts designed to raise awareness and funds for advocacy efforts in support of free expression and those who have been imprisoned for using their voice to speak out.
The mug shots on the shirts are familiar faces; Peter Gabriel, Pussy Riot's Nadya Toloknonnikova, Alex Ebert from The Magnetic Zeroes, Tom Morello, Johnny Depp, to name but a few. However, the arrest and sentencing info on the police boards are for the less well-known, imprisoned artist each has paired with. The campaign's goal is to step up efforts to free dissidents who are currently imprisoned for simply having used their art and their voice to speak out.
ARTISTdirect's Christopher Friedmann joined The Voice Project's cofounder Hunter Heaney to discuss the project, the involvement of passionate artist activists, and the reason we should find hope in the progressive fight for the most important right - the freedom of expression.
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