American Expressions Election Tour

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Raised by 31 people in 38 months

Since 2011 I have toured a giant metal American flag around our nation and inviting people to share their feelings about America on the icon that represents our most basic right, the freedom of speech. I have documented the people I meet and the stories they share at    This project has taught me many things, but most importantly that tolerance is the highest form of patriotism.  American Expressions publically demonstrates the delicate relationship between freedom and tolerance.

In each community I visit, differences were aired and opinions written across the flag transforming it into a weathered and weary example of our national disposition, visualizing the dynamic relationship between freedom and tolerance.  The flag, now beleaguered, exemplifies the strain on our collective patience and respect for one another, but this is not the end of the art experience.  American Expressions fosters a great redemptive event when the flag is restored to its red, white, and blue glory.  Bringing people together to paint the flag is the most powerful embodiment of the American experiment.  It is an exercise that bonds us by working together despite our differences in pursuit of that high ideal, a more perfect union. 

American Expressions 2016 tour will launch on the 4th of July and will attempt to travel the nation until election-day on November 8th.   You can support American Expressions by purchasing a flag nameplate, the American Expressions anthology (publication of the tour), or hosting a tour stop.  Your donation will help me reach my goal of traveling this art work from coast to coast, boarder to boarder visiting small towns & major cities achieving arts’ greatest potential:
affecting positive change.

As the political race heats up, instead of avoiding the discussion, do something bold and support what you know to be true: our freedom cannot exist without tolerance. By recruiting 6 nameplate patrons in your community American Expressions will come to your town and you will be providing a creative forum to share your communities' American experience.   The tour will be guided by donating communities on a patriotic pilgrimage in search of the American Spirit.

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Greetings from the road. American Expressions has been rolling along getting people's opinions about America. What I can say from my experience thus far is we live in a great nation, one where many of us live with great security and comforts. I have collected many expressions of gratitude and hope to collect many more. As the tour progresses, please share this with your friends, let them know there is an ordinary guy out there simply promoting freedom and tolerance. It's an idea we can all get behind.
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American Expressions election tour launched on Monday, the 4th of July. Soon each participant will receive a sticker helping promote the central idea to this project, check it out!
can ya dig it? Yes! I can!
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As the tour gets closer and the politics more asinine, it causes me to reflect on exactly WHY am I doing this? Part of the reason is because this is what I can do to help. I am creating an opportunity for everyone to let out their gripes and complaints, as we all are prone to do, in a civil disobedient manner. It is a collective cry for attention, that we're pissed off and we're not going to take it anymore, and that we're are able to work together, to BE the nation we purport to be. Perhaps it is national group therapy and catharsis. Do we not have a responsibility to be civil to one another despite our differences? Have we as a nation wrapped ourselves so tight in the violence of patriotism that we cannot allow that definition to broaden, to grow? Can we collectively conceive "Tolerance is Patriotism"?
RNC 2012- Breakin the law?
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I have a very special thank you to give Scott Marini & Chazz Williams of Albany State University. They brought American Expressions to ASU at the end of the semester and the students really responded! I always amazed at the diversity of perspective from college students today. ASU is a HBCU and many students are first time college members of their family. They take their education seriously and have potent ideas about the future. It was a real pleasure meeting and hearing their perspective.
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Raised by 31 people in 38 months
Created February 1, 2016
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Elizabeth Englebretson
29 months ago

Believe In Art Gulf Coast and #Artontherue is excited to welcome your piece to the Biloxi First Friday!!!

Michael & Elizabeth Williams
30 months ago

Keep on trucking, brother!!

Matt Ferguson
32 months ago

Happy to help you, Ira! See you in LA in October!

Gabrielle Dinger
33 months ago

I know it isn't much, but I hope it helps! And I hope to see you in the fall!

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