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Art film showcasing 50 international artists in 25 countries and a musician’s new uplifting tune will launch an artist’s nonprofit two years in the making.

The Free Hand’s mission is producing experiences, artists’ residencies and productions that connect artists and audiences to important social issues and each other. “We intentionally pursue our core values of creativity, community and justice through multi-disciplinary and fiercely collaborative work,” said Executive Director Bobby Miga, who directed and produced both the artist residency and the film. “We believe that creativity and the arts can be a catalyst for significant, quantifiable, positive change in the world.”

The one-hour, 45-minute art film was produced in four segments with 22 scenes, and will premiere exclusively on thefreehand.org on March 15, 2022.

Inspiring Film, Song Uses Art And Music To Announce Crucial New Venture Uniting Crisis- Weary Artists And Audiences on The Table Read
The Free Hand’s EXCELSIOR icon showcases the four movements of the collaborative, quarantine art film.

Aim Higher

Also on March 15, 2022, “EXCELSIOR’s” theme song, “Aim Higher,” by guest artist Damien Horne, will be released. The noted Nashville and Los Angeles musician and life coach co-hosts the TV show “The Song,” and has an inspirational trio called The Magi.

The one-hour, 45-minute art film was produced in four segments with 22 scenes, and will premiere exclusively on thefreehand.org on March 15, 2022.

Also on March 15, 2022, “EXCELSIOR’s” theme song, “Aim Higher,” by guest artist Damien Horne, will be released. The noted Nashville and Los Angeles musician and life coach co-hosts the TV show “The Song,” and has an inspirational trio called The Magi.

“I was really excited by the globality of the residency and what that could mean for constructing a view of the world, ” Uzoma Orji, a Nigerian photographer said on his initial reaction to his participation in the residency.

“This experience gave me something to hold onto, something to look forward to, and something to respond to. If not for this residency, I wouldn’t have had any reason to pick up my camera,” said Lisa Praster, a photographer in the Netherlands.

“It was a catharsis for me,” Pakistan painter and curator Mehreen Hashmi said after taking part in the program.

“A putting down in words, feelings and graphics, the feelings of us artists from all over the world…is a piece of history. The world must look and watch and listen. It is an important document of our times,” said Sabera Shaik, Director of Malaysian shadow theater group, Masakini Theatre Company.

Excelsior

The Free Hand will also launch PROJECT BENEFACTOR, a fundraiser for the next “EXCELSIOR.” The sequel is envisioned as the cumulative work of The Free Hand’s INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE CLIMATE RESPONSE, a multi-disciplinary, collaborative work filming on all seven continents. PROJECT BENEFACTOR will give both art collectors and supporters the opportunity to sponsor a multi-artist residency experience or production through a tax-deductible donation. Benefactors can choose to fund an existing or upcoming program and will also receive an honorary producer credit on the work.

Inspiring Film, Song Uses Art And Music To Announce Crucial New Venture Uniting Crisis- Weary Artists And Audiences on The Table Read
Excerpt stills from The Free Hand’s EXCELSIOR showcase some of the broad diversity of artistic disciplines involved in creating the film during quarantine.

The new Free Hand site will also include information on:

  • Open applications for an online residency for Artists in Recovery.
  • A prison arts initiative;
  • A Summer, youth intensive where young artists collaborate with, and are mentored by, creative professionals.
  • Two upcoming in-person collaborative retreat residencies; for International Street Artists and the LGBTQIA+ community.
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