McDaniel part of For Freedoms town hall panel at museum

Kathleen McDaniel, a partner of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, is joining artists and attorneys for a forum next week at the Columbia Museum of Art.

The For Freedoms town hall will examine the First Amendment, exploring freedom of expression as a lens for civil discourse. The Sept. 24 program is free.

The panel, which includes McDaniel, consists of literary, performing and visual artists, all with South Carolina connections. The executive director of the ACLU of South Carolina and a professor from the University of South Carolina School of Law round out the group.

One of the founders of Burnette Shutt & McDaniel, McDaniel’s legal practice focuses on environmental, administrative and government law. She’s represented neighbors who have fought to keep projects out of their communities, both rural and urban. She’s also part of the legal team representing Planned Parenthood in its fight to continue to provide services to Medicaid patients.

About For Freedoms

national non-profit organization, For Freedoms has produced exhibits and town hall meetings since 2016. Its goal is to spur participation in civic life. Its name is a play on artist Norman Rockwell’s painting depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms – freedom of worship and speech and freedom from want and fear. The group believes that art can broaden participation and deepen discussion about important issues.

As part of that goal, For Freedoms created the 50 State Initiative to coincide with the run-up to this year’s mid-term election. The program brings together professionals from the arts and legal communities. Discussions also include policy makers and community organizers, with any eye toward encouraging active, collaborative and inclusive communities.

The doors for the Columbia Museum of Art town hall open at 5:30 p.m.. The panel starts at 6:30 p.m. Afterword, there will be a chance to “talk back” with a response wall and to visit a voter registration booth.

Through Oct. 28, visitors to the museum also can see “Something’s Happening: The Big Art of Katie Pell.” Burnette Shutt & McDaniel is a sponsor of the exhibit.