Singer Katy Perry has been confirmed as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom for January 2014.
Since its launch in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally on its website and its social media platforms.
The global digital initiative led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, is designed to fuel free speech - to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. Art For Freedom encourages people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography.
"Art can change the world, but first it needs to be seen and heard,” said Madonna. “Katy Perry and I are asking you to be that voice and show us how you define freedom in 2014. This will be a year of monumental changes for human rights, and we want you to be a part of that change. Let us hear from you."
“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” said Perry. “Now I’m calling all of my incredibly creative KatyCats to use their talent to show Madonna and me how they express their freedom. I believe that 2014 can be a year of great social change. Together we can all stand up for Human Rights. Join the conversation, and let your art be your voice.”
As part of the Art For Freedom initiative, Perry will work with Madonna to select one artist during the month of January whose creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights.
Madonna will then award a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit organization of the winning artist’s choice. All projects must be focused on the values of Art For Freedom.