States Of Being



On October 3 of 1860 the Wide Awakes marched in the name of emancipation. They held massive torchlight parades around the country; in Chicago, Boston, Cleveland, and through lower Manhattan, all carrying lanterns and clad in oilcloth cloaks.

Arise! Join us for a global participatory events as we revive and remix the Wide Awakes grand procession. There will be activations both online and across the globe where we will gather in joyful collaboration to pursue liberation of mind, body, and spirit.

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© Benjamin Lozovsky 2020


October 29, 2020

The Newark Museum of Art hosts Win, Lose or Draw: Battle of the Cartoonists

The Guggenheim Museum's Summer of Know: Healing as Action


Photo by Lozophoto
© Benjamin Lozovsky 2020

Ongoing installations and activations:

Carlos Motta installation with For Freedoms at the Judd Foundation, New York, NY and Marfa, TX

Debate Defends Democracy is a virtual discussion of Constitutional issues and the Bill of Rights presented by the Conservancy at Federal Hall.

Learn more about the Wide Awakes
Pioneer Works
New York Times


Photo by Emily Andrews

CREATIVE ACTIVISM: WIDE AWAKE: Art & The Future of Justice - Hosted by For Freedoms

The urgency for a new world has sounded the call, and we are all needed to build the future we’ve been waiting for. Join For Freedoms, an artist-led organization that models and increases creative civic engagement, discourse and direct action, as they discuss their vision for creative activism in 2020 – and beyond. Featuring fine artists Niama Sandy, Anya Ayoung Chee, Helina Metaferia, Kaneza Schaal, and Claudia Peña.


October 2, 2020


Pep Rally


Evening, Hank Willis Thomas, LOVERULES installation unveiling at Raleigh Union Station


Film Screenings Revisioning Recovery: Films Uncovering the Roots of Disaster

7:30PM Working Films International House/Clean Air Carolina Drive In

This program is cosponsored by Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Clean Air Carolina, For Freedoms, International House and Sol Nation.

October 3, 2020

a day dedicated to activating JOY towards civic action and global collaboration.


Grand Procession:

Part 1 | 11AM gathering, 12PM start time

Wide Awakes kick off from The Africa Center with Truth Worker

March to Times Square

Part 2 | 3PM Duffy Square, Times Square

4:30PM Astor Place

A Positive Propaganda take over with Amplifier

Vote Feminist Parade Times Square to Astor Place to Washington Square Park

Radical Love Meditation with Amy Koshbin at Astor Place

Part 3 | 3PM Gathering, 6PM Procession

Washington Square Park

Roller Skate Troupe + The League of Women Voters

The Blacksmiths Marching Band Leads us from Washington Square Park to Federal Hall

Resistance Revival Chorus at the African Burial Grounds

Federal Hall | Speakers include: Paola Mendoza

Performances by Yahzarah St. James, BLACK THOUGHT

Meditation for #BlackLivesMatter
3PM Brooklyn Museum Plaza


A Family Affair

11AM to 2PM | Voter Registration | Health Screenings | Live Entertainment

Anthony Overton Elementary School at 221 E. 49th Street in Bronzeville, Illinois


Red Rooster Overtown | 2PM


Guided Meditation: Kindred Arts & Spirits Up

8:30AM to 11AM guided meditation on power & personal liberation (limited attendance live streamed on location) at All Power to All People. Further readings, yoga and meditations by Richard Medina, @jadejavo, Khalief Khadafi @leafyoga. Curated by @spiritsup215 & @kindred_arts
West Philadelphia, 53 N 52nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19139


Wide Awakes Day - Denver Procession
Denver Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80202
10AM to 12PM


Mobile Alabama Rally

10AM to 1PM Alabama Contemporary Art Center

A group of regional artists will volunteer to help participants make their own Wide Awakes flags as well as original activism art. Voting education will be provided on site by Our Project 2020 as well as a table for voter registration. Music and art sponsored by the Alabama Contemporary Art Center in conjunction with the Different Kind of Weapon exhibition. Oct.3rd, 350 Government Street, Mobile, AL 36602


Wide Awakes 2020 Awakening - Pike School of Art – Mississippi

11AM to 3PM

This family-friendly, free event will focus on ways to participate in the political process. There will be a billboard making art project for kids, opportunities for adults to learn about and participate in the 2020 Census, and forms for registering to vote before the impending October 5th Mississippi state deadline.

Local Works, 1312C Harrison Ave., McComb, MS 39648


Art, Climb, VOTE

11AM to 2PM Cincinnati Art Museum


21c Museum Hotel x Louisville Visual Art

3PM - Virtual tour of BallotBox, a Louisville Visual Art exhibit for Metro Hall, now on view at 21c Louisville, featuring new works by five artists who examine issues related to voting rights, democracy, and citizenship.

4PM - “Wide Awake Kentucky – Then & Now,” a conversation exploring connections to the Wide Awakes movement and how activists and artists are reinventing approaches from the past to address today’s most pressing issues.


Film Screening Stories Beyond Borders

7:30PM Working Films International House/Clean Air Carolina Drive In

This program is cosponsored by ACLU of NC, Action NC, For Freedoms, International House, Latin American Coalition/La Coalicion.

October 4, 2020


VOTE BY BOAT | Wide Awakes Navy

2PM gathering near the Statue of Liberty, to 4PM

Follow @wideawakesnavy for updated route information and other Wide Awakes Navy processions

October 8-9, 2020


Monument Lab Town Hall: Shaping the Past

12PM to 3PM 

Tune in for the Monument Lab town hall symposium. This series explores new models and practices for how we might shape the past to strengthen democracy through public spaces.

October 10, 2020


In Plain Sight is returning to the skies on Saturday. If you're in New Orleans look up to spot sky typing in support and solidarity with immigrant detainees.

October 11, 2020


Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Community Gathering in Billings, MT features drumming, prayer, dancing, expert speakers, and survivors.

1PM to 3PM

October 19, 2020

New York Live Arts Vote Installation
Ford Foundation Live Gallery
On view through December 1, 2020

October 20, 2020

Sankofa presents: Tu Música, Tu Voz, Tu Vota
4:30pm PDT
Bringing the LATINX flavor in music + art to harness the power of the vote on election day 2020. 

October 23, 2020

Boat for the Vote, 6-7pm
Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn

October 24, 2020

Civic Joy Ride, 10am
1301PE Gallery meeting, decorating and starting point. Caravan will depart and drive down Wilshire Blvd to MacArthur Park.
Los Angeles

Holly Bass, Moneymaker
New York Live Arts

Election Defenders presents: Joy to the Polls Kickoff

October 27, 2020

Virtual For Freedoms Town Hall – hosted by University of Massachusetts, Amherst
6:00pm ET

Photo by Lozophoto
© Benjamin Lozovsky 2020