Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Message from the Center for Tactical Magic

We could use some help promoting a new effort and making it successful. We've just initiated a project in New York in collaboration with souvenir vendors and the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center. This project has just been written up in the New York Times.

The reporter let me know that the public response will largely determine whether or not the article ever sees print. Ordinarily, we don't slaver for media attention; but in this case the media can play a significant role in affecting public policy. So, please help pass this article along through e-mail, G+, twitter, and whatever other social media means you have at your disposal. Thanks for your help!

Here's some more info on the project:

"Love is a Souvenir" is a public art project by the Center for Tactical Magic in collaboration with the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center. It is being performed in conjunction with the exhibition 'Public Trust' produced by arts organization, Flux Factory (on view: Sept 7th - 30th).

"Love is a Souvenir" takes the form of souvenir t-shirts to actively enter the debate surrounding the New York Police Department's 'Stop & Frisk' policies. By replacing the 'love/heart' symbol of the iconic 'I love NY' graphic, these t-shirts address NY's shifting public image locally and abroad. Recognizing their role NY's frontline cultural ambassadors, souvenir vendors are participating in this project by hanging a 'Love is a Souvenir' t-shirt alongside their goods (i.e., 'I love NY' shirts, Statue of Liberty hats, NYPD-branded items, etc). This collaboration materializes as public policy imprinting itself upon the social and cultural fabric of the city.

Info on our partners:

Flux Factory
Street Vendor Org
Urban Justice Org

Here you could read an article about the NYPD's Stop & Frisk policy.

Thanks again!
Edited from [Source]: Aaron Gach
Co-founder & Director of Operations
Center for Tactical Magic