#MayDay Gallery

‎"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~ Howard Thurman

‎"The artist who takes up revolution will quickly realize that creation and revolution are inseparable entities!" ~ Pablo Picasso


On May 1st, 2012, everyone in New York who leaves their house or looks out their window will see public art as part of an historic MayDay celebration. Here are just some of the projects underway, with details about where you can see them and how you can participate in their creation.

May Day schedule / email inquiries / submit a project / volunteer to participate / offer materials (art supplies, workspace, etc) / facebook / planners mailing list / maydaynyc.org

May Day Arts Schedule!

8-9am
Bryant Park   
Sitting Meditation
Rise Up! Yoga
Mutual Aid

Maria Hernandez Park   
Mayday Morning Commute

9-10  am
Bryant Park   
Sitting Meditation
99 Pickets leave from the park
Rise Up! Yoga
Homemade Prayer Flags

Walking from 28th Street and 3rd Avenue to 48th Street and 3rd Avenue 
Occupy Transformation

Union Square   
Bike Bloc

Franklin Ave btw Fulton and Lefferts, Brooklyn
SPREAD guerrilla library

10-10:30am
Bryant Park 
Alt Banking MF Global Scandal Skit
Screen printers Guild
Hard Travellin’ with Wood
Photo Strip
99 Pickets leave from the park
The Naturalization Service
Sitting Meditation
Tax Dodgers baseball team and the Corporate Loopholes cheer leading squad
Dream House- Awareness Experiment

Madison Square Park   
Free University

The Bull    
Occupy Dance

Franklin Ave btw Fulton and Lefferts, Brooklyn
SPREAD guerrilla library

10:30-11am
Bryant Park   
Dave Lippman (comic/guitar)
Screen printers Guild
Occupy BellyDancing
Sitting Meditation
99 Pickets leave from the park
Photo Strip

How the 99% keep the 1% in business (masked street theater)
Dream House- Awareness Experiment

Madison Square Park   
Free University

Continental Army Plaza   
Mayday Morning Commute- march over the bridge

11am-11:30am  
Bryant Park   
History and Future of Mutual Aid
Poetry Collective
Screen printers Guild
Keep your cool and occupy
Tax Dodgers baseball team and the Corporate Loopholes cheer leading squad

Dream House- Awareness Experiment

Union Square 
Piano Across America

Madison Square Park   
Free University
May Day Flag Burst

11:30am-12pm
Bryant Park   
Jessy Tomsko (singer/songwriter)
Poetry Collective
Augmented Reality - arOccupy
Flasmob Filmmaking assembles
Screen printers Guild
Climate Apocalypse w/Cookies
Matthew Hoppard (guitar)
Dream House- Awareness Experiment

Madison Square Park   
Free University

Union Square   
Piano Across America

12-12:30  
Bryant Park   
Guitarmy
Flasmob Filmmaking departs at noon
Poetry Collective
Guerrilla Gardening
Yoga with Margarita
Screen printers Guild
Zombie Walk
Tax Dodgers baseball team and the Corporate Loopholes cheer leading squad
Dream House- Awareness Experiment

Madison Square Park   
Free University

Union Square   
Free Art Exchanges
The Really, Really Free Store
Mutual Aid

Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn   
High School Student Walkout Convergence

12:30-1pm   
Bryant Park   
Guitarmy
Poetry Collective
Screen printers Guild
Crush the Musical (2 songs)
 Jeanne MarieBoes (singer/songwriter)
Zombie Walk

Dream House- Awareness Experiment

Madison Square Park   
Free University

Union Square   
Piano Across America
Mutual Aid

between 48th and 49th on 3rd Avenue between   
Occupy Transformation

1-2pm   
Bryant Park   
Guitarmy
Zombie Walk
Meditation Flash Mob followed by Kirtan
Dream House- Awareness Experiment

Madison Square Park   
Free University

Union Square   
May Day the Musical (2songs) with Piano Across America
Mutual Aid

Sara D. Roosevelt Park (East Houston St. & 2nd Ave.)   
Wildcat March (unpermitted)

2-3pm
Bryant to Union (unpermitted)   
Guitarmy
Zombie Walk

Madison Square Park   
Free University

Union Square   
MODEL runway- Art in Odd Places
Screen printers Guild
Mutual Aid

Houston & Ave D
MayDay on D-Block- LES public housing march

511 W25th Street @ 10th Ave
Are books obsolete?

3-4pm
Union Square   
MODEL runway- Art in Odd Places
May Pole Dancing
Tax Dodgers baseball team and the Corporate Loopholes cheer leading squad
Mutual Aid

4-5pm   
Union Square   
Solidarity Rally with Tom Morello, Dan Deacon, Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Bobby Sanabria and special guests (permitted)
Labor Choir
Guitarmy arrives
Paul Robeson Quote Performance
Sand Paintings
Poetry Collective

MODEL runway- Art in Odd Places
Mutual Aid


5pm-5:30pm
Madison Square Park   
May Day Flashmob Choir

5:30-6:00pm 
Union Square to Wall Street   
Solidarity March (permitted)
Bread and Puppet
Tax Dodgers baseball team and the Corporate Loopholes cheer leading squad
Plus Brigades

Madison Square Park   
May Day Flashmob Choir

6:30-7pm 
Federal Reserve, corner of Liberty and Nassau Streets   
Levitate the Federal Reserve

7pm-8pm   
2 Broadway   
JD Samson & MEN Perform

8pm-8:30pm
Wall Street   
OWS Afterparty

8:30pm-10:30pm
Corner of Bleecker and Lafayette   
Projections- poetry and two silent films

9:00pm

Public Assembly, Back Room, 70 N. 6th St. between Wythe and Kent.    

Animal Farm

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, at the SE corner of Chrystie Street and Houston Street    Musicians Solidarity Council protest

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Protest Patches- http://tinyurl.com/7uq6qqd
What is it? I have made patches for protesters to wear - 8 of them, one of a kind, handpainted. 
Where can I see it? On the backs of protesters on May Day. To get your own, or to carry a banner, contact tamarawyndham [at] yahoo.com
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Protest Patches- http://tinyurl.com/7uq6qqd

What is it? I have made patches for protesters to wear - 8 of them, one of a kind, handpainted.

Where can I see it? On the backs of protesters on May Day. To get your own, or to carry a banner, contact tamarawyndham [at] yahoo.com

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
Chalk for May Day Arts
What is it? Free chalk for everyone to create something beautiful on the sidewalk on May Day!
Where can I see it? Every few blocks from 120th St down to Union Square.
How can I help? We need people to distribute chalk. Contact msswanson [at] me.com.
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Chalk for May Day Arts

What is it? Free chalk for everyone to create something beautiful on the sidewalk on May Day!

Where can I see it? Every few blocks from 120th St down to Union Square.

How can I help? We need people to distribute chalk. Contact msswanson [at] me.com.

— 2 years ago
New York City Labor Chorus - http://www.nyclc.org/
What is it? Our Chorus promotes union solidarity by expressing through song the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Our dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions.
On May Day, the chorus will be singing “United Front” and “Solidarity Forever.”
Where can I hear them? 5:08pm on the stage at the South end of Union Square.
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New York City Labor Chorus - http://www.nyclc.org/

What is it? Our Chorus promotes union solidarity by expressing through song the history and ongoing struggles of workers for economic and social justice. Our dynamic repertoire combines the power and culture of union music with the great gospel, jazz, classical and folk traditions.

On May Day, the chorus will be singing “United Front” and “Solidarity Forever.”

Where can I hear them? 5:08pm on the stage at the South end of Union Square.

— 2 years ago with 1 note

May Day Flag Burst -http://www.indiegogo.com/maydayflags

What is it? Beginnig in May, people will be hanging “99% Occupy” flags out their windows. On every block, on every street people will be able to see that the movement for economic justice is alive and well and only growing bigger.

The flags are also an outreach tool. When we give out flags, it will be combined with an outreach booklet that explains why we occupy. The booklet will also say, “If you appreciated getting this flag, please make a contribution to our flag outreach campaign so we can give a flag and booklet to someone else, just as someone contributed so that we could give this flag to you.”

Where can I see it? Madison square park at 11 AM, and in windows all over NYC!

How can I help?
Contribute to the cost of flags http://www.indiegogo.com/maydayflags
Make your own flag. All you need is some fabric and glue, paint or a marker.
Host a flag making party with your family and friends.
Share this campaign online.



— 2 years ago

May Day Musical Songs - www.maydaymusical.com

What is it? May Day is a new musical by Jason Hart and Dimitri Landarin about soldiers returning home from the war. Two songs will be performed from this musical. 

Where can I hear it? At Bryant Park in the morning, and at Union Square at 1pm, alongside the Piano Across America.

— 2 years ago
Flashmob Filmmaking
What is it? Come together with a group of strangers to write, shoot, and edit a movie together in less than two hours. Filmmaker Zacqary Adam Green of Plankhead will facilitate, helping you flex your imagination and use your creativity. Because when the 99% can have this kind of fun on their own, who needs Hollywood?Where can I see it? Bryant Park, assembling at 11:30 and starting at noon. Look for someone holding a big sign that says “Flashmob Filmmaking”.How can I help? Bring any kind of random objects that might be usable as props. We could also use another videographer to get some behind-the-scenes footage.
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Flashmob Filmmaking

What is it? Come together with a group of strangers to write, shoot, and edit a movie together in less than two hours. Filmmaker Zacqary Adam Green of Plankhead will facilitate, helping you flex your imagination and use your creativity. Because when the 99% can have this kind of fun on their own, who needs Hollywood?

Where can I see it? Bryant Park, assembling at 11:30 and starting at noon. Look for
someone holding a big sign that says “Flashmob Filmmaking”.

How can I help? Bring any kind of random objects that might be usable as props. We
could also use another videographer to get some behind-the-scenes footage.

— 2 years ago with 1 note
Homemade Prayer Flags for May Day 

What is it? - A public art project led by artist Kira Zawacki that will hopefully create a huge, beautiful installation! People can feel free to write and decorate their thoughts, prayers, feelings, ideas, etc. on note cards that will be strung together with the sentiments of others to create personalized prayer flags to be hung anywhere and everywhere around the city! Streamlined consciousness!! 

Where Can I See It? - Starting out in Bryant Park around 9am and continuing throughout the events of the day!

 How Can I Help? - Donations of extra markers, note cards, ribbon and various decorating material is greatly appreciated - or just come by and help Kira string them together!
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Homemade Prayer Flags for May Day 
What is it? - A public art project led by artist Kira Zawacki that will hopefully create a huge, beautiful installation! People can feel free to write and decorate their thoughts, prayers, feelings, ideas, etc. on note cards that will be strung together with the sentiments of others to create personalized prayer flags to be hung anywhere and everywhere around the city! Streamlined consciousness!! 
Where Can I See It? - Starting out in Bryant Park around 9am and continuing throughout the events of the day!
How Can I Help? - Donations of extra markers, note cards, ribbon and various decorating material is greatly appreciated - or just come by and help Kira string them together!
— 2 years ago with 1 note
May Pole!

What is it?  
A May Pole for May Day! of course! The may pole we imagine, a stick with ribbons woven around it, is in fact a sanitized and Americanized version of a 16th century western European spring ritual. We are re-appropriating this mysterious symbol for the May Day we want to see in our country- a Day that is about the broad solidarity with workers in our country and world.  Using the grievances listed in The Declaration of the Occupation of NYC, we turn the May Pole in an opportunity to symbolically weave together many struggles we face.

Where Can I See it?
The northwest corner of Union Square, 3-4pm. 

 How Can I help?
We need more dancers! e-mail schragis.rachel at gmail.com.

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May Pole!

What is it?  
A May Pole for May Day! of course! The may pole we imagine, a stick with ribbons woven around it, is in fact a sanitized and Americanized version of a 16th century western European spring ritual. We are re-appropriating this mysterious symbol for the May Day we want to see in our country- a Day that is about the broad solidarity with workers in our country and world.  Using the grievances listed in The Declaration of the Occupation of NYC, we turn the May Pole in an opportunity to symbolically weave together many struggles we face.

Where Can I See it?
The northwest corner of Union Square, 3-4pm.

How Can I help?
We need more dancers! e-mail schragis.rachel at gmail.com.

— 2 years ago with 1 note

OWS & National May Day Environmental Color Block

What is it? On May Day, we invite individuals and groups to dress in a color block representing the environmental and social issues they support and identify with most! Make you body into a piece of street theatre through costume! Add to the pantomime of General Strike!!

COLOR BLOCK MAY DAY:
BLUE: Water is a Human Right
GREEN: Reclaim the Earth, Growing Our Way Forward
WHITE: Consciousness Shift
ANIMAL COSTUME: Animals are Integral to a Healthy Ecosystem
ORANGE, RED, BROWN: Indigenous Cultures & Ancient/Native Wisdoms

Where can I see it? Everywhere, all day!

How can I help? Dress in one of the colors and show the world what you care about!

— 2 years ago
Occupy Transformation

What is it?  Collaborate with artist Riva Weinstein by taking photos and/or videos of the project,  and/or wearing the Shamanic Shape Shifting Mask yourself. Made from reclaimed aseptic cartons to transform consumer packaging into sacred art, to inspire wonder and awareness. 

Where can I see it? Walking from 28th Street and 3rd Avenue to 48th Street and 3rd Avenue 9am to 9:30am.
Midtown, between 48th and 49th on 3rd Avenue between 12:30 and 1:30.
during lunch hour.
3:30+ Union Square
5:30pm Solidarity March

How can I help? Bring your camera! Bring yourself! Share your photos and videos to @rivaweinstein on Twitter with any of these hashtags #owsmayday #artinoddplaces #nyc 
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Occupy Transformation

What is it?  Collaborate with artist Riva Weinstein by taking photos and/or videos of the project,  and/or wearing the Shamanic Shape Shifting Mask yourself. Made from reclaimed aseptic cartons to transform consumer packaging into sacred art, to inspire wonder and awareness.

Where can I see it? Walking from 28th Street and 3rd Avenue to 48th Street and 3rd Avenue 9am to 9:30am.
Midtown, between 48th and 49th on 3rd Avenue between 12:30 and 1:30.
during lunch hour.
3:30+ Union Square
5:30pm Solidarity March

How can I help? Bring your camera! Bring yourself! Share your photos and videos to @rivaweinstein on Twitter with any of these hashtags #owsmayday #artinoddplaces #nyc
— 2 years ago with 1 note
Image Strip
What is it? The photo strip will feature 99 photos that document the progression of Occupy Wall Street - from the initial days of the movement’s blooming at Liberty Plaza last September to the “Sleepful Protest” taking place now. The images included highlight the diverse avenues that Occupy has taken in order become a community as well as the many economic, social, and political issues it takes aim at.
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Image Strip

What is it? The photo strip will feature 99 photos that document the progression of Occupy Wall Street - from the initial days of the movement’s blooming at Liberty Plaza last September to the “Sleepful Protest” taking place now. The images included highlight the diverse avenues that Occupy has taken in order become a community as well as the many economic, social, and political issues it takes aim at.

Where can I see it? It will be installed in Bryant Park around 9 AM.

— 2 years ago
The Naturalization Service


What is it? The Naturalization Service is offering free (notarized?) re-birth certificates on May Day 2012. Re-birth certificates are artworks and documents affirming world citizenry, global solidarity, and the personal right to freedom and choice.


Where can I see it? In Bryant Park, from 10am-2pm

How can I help? We could use a real notary!  Email marysghost at gmail.com if you know one who wants to help!
The Naturalization Service


What is it? The Naturalization Service is offering free (notarized?) re-birth certificates on May Day 2012. Re-birth certificates are artworks and documents affirming world citizenry, global solidarity, and the personal right to freedom and choice.
Where can I see it? In Bryant Park, from 10am-2pm
How can I help? We could use a real notary!  Email marysghost at gmail.com if you know one who wants to help!
— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#morning  #participate 
Crush the musical - http://intothegravel.com/
What is it? A two-act musical play, titled “Crush.”  ”Crush” is a nightmare within a limbo that carries 8 characters from one trap to the next. It is set in the 1950s pinpointing domestic relationships and entrapment in home life. It’s also a lot about panic and its influences. 
Where can I see it? In Bryant Park, 12:30 - 1:00.

How can I help? We could use someone to film the performance!
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Crush the musical - http://intothegravel.com/

What is it? A two-act musical play, titled “Crush.”  ”Crush” is a nightmare within a limbo that carries 8 characters from one trap to the next. It is set in the 1950s pinpointing domestic relationships and entrapment in home life. It’s also a lot about panic and its influences. 

Where can I see it? In Bryant Park, 12:30 - 1:00.
How can I help? We could use someone to film the performance!
— 2 years ago with 13 notes
#morning 
Free art from Molly Crabapple
What is it? Free art prints from the archives of Molly Crabapple, an NYC artist who has contributed enormous amounts to several Occupy projects, including the iconic MayDay General Strike poster above.  Her new series, The Shell Game, is a year-long, crowdsourced project to create an art show about the world financial collapse, and the people who have risen up in protest against it.
Where can I see it? Part of the Free Store in Bryant Park, 11am-2pm or until supplies run out.
How can I help? Take my stuff. Please.

Free art from Molly Crabapple

What is it? Free art prints from the archives of Molly Crabapple, an NYC artist who has contributed enormous amounts to several Occupy projects, including the iconic MayDay General Strike poster above.  Her new series, The Shell Game, is a year-long, crowdsourced project to create an art show about the world financial collapse, and the people who have risen up in protest against it.

Where can I see it? Part of the Free Store in Bryant Park, 11am-2pm or until supplies run out.

How can I help? Take my stuff. Please.

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#morning  #visual  #participate