Madonna Names Katy Perry As January Guest Curator for Art for Freedom

Posted on Jan 11 2014 - 3:04pm by Danity Donnaly


Madonna has confirmed Katy Perry as the first guest curator for Art for Freedom in 2014 for the month of January. Katy will collaborate with Madonna to select daily submissions to be showcased on Since launching in September 2013, Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions globally via and its social media platforms.

“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 Katy 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, Katy 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. David Blaine served as Art for Freedom’s guest curator for the month of December.
Launched in September 2013, Art For Freedom is a global digital initiative, led by Madonna in partnership with VICE Media, designed to fuel free speech – to respond, address and protest persecution and discrimination around the world. It is an online public art project encouraging people to express their personal meaning of freedom and revolution, in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography.

Public submissions become part of the Art For Freedom website: contributors can join the project by uploading original artwork or tagging original posts #artforfreedom. The project was launched with the film secretprojectrevolution, co-directed by Madonna and Steven Klein.

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Danity Donnaly is a Midwestern mama with class, sass and a love for celebrity gossip. D is a former disc jockey and is a fierce dancer who looks forward to that morning cup of coffee. When she’s not delivering the dish, Danity can be found on Twitter talking smack or shaking her bon bon to any jam by Justin Timberlake or attempting to sing one of her favorite Mariah Carey songs without breaking a window. Yep, she’s THAT good!

12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Jen January 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I’m tempted to send a pic in. It may or may not feature katy in a few years being eaten by her cats.

  2. MK January 11, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I love the fact that Madonna and Katy Perry are working together!

  3. busybee January 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    LOL Jen, you should do it!

  4. Janelle January 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    I’m liking Katy Perry more than I used to

  5. Allie January 12, 2014 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Katy Perry has come a long way, and her last album was fantastic

  6. Pamela January 13, 2014 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Didn’t know they knew each other!

  7. Jocelyn January 13, 2014 at 10:39 am - Reply

    This sounds like a great collaboration!

  8. Jocelyn January 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I think this sounds exciting!

  9. MHU January 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    This sounds exciting!

  10. Jody January 21, 2014 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    Good for Katy Perry!

  11. Annemarie January 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    It should be tons of fun for Katy a good choice.

  12. Robyn January 21, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Is it bad to say I am not sure who I dislike more, Madonna or Katy…. but congrats to her.

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