Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms Reinterpreted for Today

Artists and Writers Contribute to Timely Statement about Essential Freedoms
By: Shanti Arts LLC
Still Point Arts Quarterly - Special Issue
Still Point Arts Quarterly - Special Issue
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Aug. 20, 2018 - PRLog -- This year marks the 75th anniversary of the 1943 publication of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms paintings based on the 1941 State of the Union speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The paintings are Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear.

Shanti Arts, an independent publishing company based in Brunswick, Maine, is dedicating the fall 2018 issue of its journal, Still Point Arts Quarterly, to writing and art that reinterpret the Four Freedoms for today. Much in our world has changed since 1943, and new ways of understanding these freedoms have arisen along with new ways of challenging them. Remembering and reinterpreting Rockwell's contribution to art and society seems well suited to the present day.

This special issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly features over sixty writers and artists from all over the United States and several other countries (Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel). With photography, painting, collage, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, the diverse work in this publication both celebrates our country's commitment to freedom and equality and reveals the many ways in which what Roosevelt called our "four essential human freedoms" are at risk of being eroded.

The simple message from this creative outpouring is that — despite a system of public education, civil rights legislation, plentiful wealth and material possessions, advances in technology — many in our country are not free, and many of our essential freedoms are in jeopardy. We also know that the denial of basic freedoms—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear—is in fact a feature of some governments around our world. This special issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly presents the voices of creative individuals who make bold statements about where we are today and what could happen in our future if we do not make better progress toward being a truly free society.

Christine Cote, the journal's editor and publisher, has noted: "Our country began with a fight for freedom and the proclamation that 'all men are created equal . . . they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.' But our struggle for freedom didn't end with the signing of that document. Nearly two hundred and fifty years later, there are still forces seeking to diminish our freedoms. We must all be vigilant. The writers and artists featured in this special issue of Still Point Arts Quarterly give us reasons to be concerned . . . but hopeful."

The fall 2018 issue will be available on September 1, 2018. A free digital edition may be downloaded by going to A print issue may be purchased on Amazon or by using a link ( on this same webpage. Retail outlets may obtain copies through Ingram.


Still Point Arts Quarterly (  |  Fall 2018  |  Number 31
ISBN: 978-1-947067-52-3 (print)  |  $21.50
ISBN: 978-1-947067-53-0 (digital)  |  free


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