By Shannon Carlin
The Material Girl is teaming up with the California Gurl for a new charitable art project.
Yesterday (Jan. 8), Katy Perry took to Twitter to announce the collaboration with Madonna as part of the Art for Freedom campaign, a worldwide public art project that Madonna and designer Steven Klein launched last year, which asks people all over the world to send in videos, photos and poetry answering the question “What does freedom mean to you?”
According to a press release, Perry will serve as a guest curator throughout the month of January, helping Madonna go through daily submissions on the project’s website. Each day throughout the month, Perry will choose one artist to spotlight on the site that she feels “demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights.”
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At the end of the month, Perry will help Madonna select one artist, who in their opinion best expresses what freedom means and award them with a $10,000 grant for the nonprofit organization of his or her choice. Last month, David Blaine served as guest curator.
“I am so fortunate to have the freedom to express myself through music,” Perry said in a statement. “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.”
The “Roar” singer is no stranger to philanthropic endeavors. Last year she showed her charitable side with the We Can Survive concert, which helped raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition, an organization supporting young women battling breast cancer.
Back in September, at the launch party for Madonna’s new short film called secretprojectrevolution, the Material Girl covered Elliott Smith’s “Between the Bars” and talked about why she started Art for Freedom.
“When I say I wanna start a revolution, that is exactly what I mean. I mean I want to start a movement of people, of artists, who are not worried about winning popularity contests, who are not worried about approval, who are not worried about whether their ass looks good,” Madonna said. “Although it is important to have a good-looking ass…”
Words to live by.