What Does It Mean to be Free?

Inspired by the African American singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist Nina Simone’s song, “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free,” we selected twenty (20) Massachusetts-based artists to display work on the local artist wall on Peabody Street awarded $1,000 each for their work. This year’s call allowed us to engage artists and the community in deeper conversations about freedom in America by providing the artists with both the canvas for their interpretation of the meaning of freedom as well as an outlet to explore it further.

Brett Mason

New Liberty Vision

Jacob Ginga

Sail above the Ships

Margarita Krylova

Soar To The Sun

Paula Champagne

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Kedrin Alexander Frias

To be free

Naijah Nine


Meg and Chris Nichol




Chloe Rubenstein