Madonna Names Katy Perry Art for Freedom Guest Curator

Pop star will help choose daily art submissions to be highlighted on the campaign's website

Madonna, Katy Perry
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January 7, 2014 2:12 PM ET

Madonna has tapped Katy Perry as the latest guest curator for her Art for Freedom initiative. Throughout January, Perry will help Madonna choose daily, user-generated submissions to be showcased on the project's website, which promotes art and free speech as a means to address persecution and injustice across the globe. Art for Freedom has received over 3,000 submissions since it launched in September 2013, and last month David Blaine served as the project's guest curator.

As part of her curatorial duties, Perry will help select one artist at the end of the month whose "creative expression demonstrates a unique view of the fight for human rights," according to a statement. A nonprofit organization of the winner's choice will receive a $10,000 grant from Madonna.

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"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."

Working with Vice Media, Madonna kicked off the Art for Freedom campaign with a 17-minute film secretprojectrevolution, which was co-directed by the pop star and Steven Klein and released as a free download through the file-sharing service BitTorrent. You can also check out a clip of Madonna covering Elliot Smith's "Between the Bars" at the Art for Freedom launch event in New York City.

Perry released her fourth studio album, Prism, back in October and scored her eighth number one with the record's first single, "Roar." That track is up for two Grammys this year – for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance – and Perry will also perform during this year's telecast on January 26th.

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