Museum Workshop | Handwriting the Constitution

Are you curious about the US Constitution? In this artist-led community program, you are welcome to read and hand-copy the words from this foundational document for as long as you like. Hosted by artist and RISD faculty member Karen Schiff (MFA/PhD), this program is planned in connection with Handwriting the Constitution, an international social project begun in 2017 by artist Morgan O'Hara and For Freedoms, a platform for civic engagement, discourse and direct action for artists in the US, and in conjunction with the RISD Museum exhibition Former Glory. Joining the program is Jared Goldstein, who teaches constitutional law at Roger Williams University School of Law. His book To Kill and Die for the Constitution is forthcoming from the University Press of Kansas.

Copies of the Constitution in multiple languages (Arabic, Chinese [Simplified], French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish) and studio materials will be provided. You may also invent "friendly amendments" to communicate your vision of an ideal society.

This event connects with the US annual observance of Constitution Day / Citizenship Day on September 17, the day that marks the signing of the Constitution and recognizes “all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”

Additional support provided by RISD’s Office of Academic Affairs.

Free and open to all.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

RISD Museum, Fain Gallery
224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI

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Museum of Art


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