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#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

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 
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 
CALL FOR MODELS - http://www.facebook.com/events/206284189484768/
What is it? For Occupy Wall Street May Day, Art in Odd Places will create a MODEL runway on the periphery of Union Square, NYC, Tuesday, May 1, 2-6pm. We are all citizens of the MODEL runway. We encourage moving models, fashion, maquettes; walking theories, practices, contraptions, examples, and projects that will walk, sashay, promenade, swagger, roll, prance, play, aspire, run, jump, drop, tap, crawl, strut, parade, promenade down a 30 foot runway while modeling hope.


Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas. www.artinoddplace.org
Where can I see it?  Around Union Square, 2-6pm


How can I help?

We need:
1) Citizens, designers, performers, dancers, models, actors, theorists, workers, lovers, dreamers, and more to wish and walk the runway.
2) A crew of accomplished drummers who will create the tempo for the runway for the duration of the action.
3) Volunteers to assist with organization before and during the action.
4) Photographers and videographers to document the action.
5) Savvy new media volunteers to assist with live u-stream broadcast during the action.


Please email: artinoddplaces@gmail.com write ‘CALL FOR MODELS’ in subject line.
Photo credit: Artist, Edith Raw. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa

CALL FOR MODELS - http://www.facebook.com/events/206284189484768/


What is it? For Occupy Wall Street May Day, Art in Odd Places will create a MODEL runway on the periphery of Union Square, NYC, Tuesday, May 1, 2-6pm. We are all citizens of the MODEL runway. We encourage moving models, fashion, maquettes; walking theories, practices, contraptions, examples, and projects that will walk, sashay, promenade, swagger, roll, prance, play, aspire, run, jump, drop, tap, crawl, strut, parade, promenade down a 30 foot runway while modeling hope.



Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas. www.artinoddplace.org

Where can I see it?  Around Union Square, 2-6pm



How can I help?


We need:
1) Citizens, designers, performers, dancers, models, actors, theorists, workers, lovers, dreamers, and more to wish and walk the runway.

2) A crew of accomplished drummers who will create the tempo for the runway for the duration of the action.

3) Volunteers to assist with organization before and during the action.

4) Photographers and videographers to document the action.

5) Savvy new media volunteers to assist with live u-stream broadcast during the action.



Please email: artinoddplaces@gmail.com write ‘CALL FOR MODELS’ in subject line.

Photo credit: Artist, Edith Raw. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa

— 2 years ago
#afternoon  #participate 



Dave Lippman - davelippman.com/mp3s.html
What is it? Long-time movement singer/comedian Dave Lippman leads innovative, fun-filled singsongs like Sgt. Pepper Spray and Heads Clubbed Band, You Can’t Always Get What You Want (But if you Occupy…), (God Bless) Bank of America, and the like. Join in! Songs may be heard at davelippman.com/mp3s.html
Where can I see it? At Bryant Park in the morning, and at the Union Rally in the afternoon.
How can I help? Bring your voice and sing along!

Dave Lippman - davelippman.com/mp3s.html

What is it? Long-time movement singer/comedian Dave Lippman leads innovative, fun-filled singsongs like Sgt. Pepper Spray and Heads Clubbed Band, You Can’t Always Get What You Want (But if you Occupy…), (God Bless) Bank of America, and the like. Join in! Songs may be heard at davelippman.com/mp3s.html

Where can I see it? At Bryant Park in the morning, and at the Union Rally in the afternoon.

How can I help? Bring your voice and sing along!

— 2 years ago
#morning  #afternoon  #music  #participate 

A Meme - http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/occupy+cookie
What is it? Ducontra Grenier created this meme as a positive message of good fortune to inspire occupiers all over. On May Day, send it to as many phones and devices as you can to Occupy devices with a forward thinking, celebratory message.
Where can I see it? On your phone, on your FB page, on your blog.
How can I help? On May 1, download the image and send it to your contact lists.

A Meme - http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/occupy+cookie

What is it? Ducontra Grenier created this meme as a positive message of good fortune to inspire occupiers all over. On May Day, send it to as many phones and devices as you can to Occupy devices with a forward thinking, celebratory message.

Where can I see it? On your phone, on your FB page, on your blog.

How can I help? On May 1, download the image and send it to your contact lists.

— 2 years ago
#morning  #afternoon  #evening  #participate 
Screen printers guild - http://www.nycga.net/groups/screen-printing-guild/
What is it? Live Silk-screening Tshirts and textiles for the Occupation, FOR FREE! On site!
We are screeners and graphic artists who design and donate this work.  We’re bringing our ink and designs to live print. For the really, REALLY free shop, we’ll be featuring occu-apparel that has been upcycled from 2nd hand stores and upscaled by printing our designs on them. 
We’ll also be doing a skill share, showing people how to screenprint.
Where can I see it?  In Bryant Park in the AM, and at Union Square from 2pm to 4pmHow can I help? We need YOU to bring us something of yours to print. Also, if you have access to second hand clothing for our upcycled shop (think blank items made of natural fibers) please bring them for the sharing.  We also need volunteers to wrangle the printing, and we need donation of blank tshirts, water-based textile ink, old towels torn into rags to clean screens, and printable fabric.

Screen printers guild - http://www.nycga.net/groups/screen-printing-guild/


What is it? Live Silk-screening Tshirts and textiles for the Occupation, FOR FREE! On site!

We are screeners and graphic artists who design and donate this work.  We’re bringing our ink and designs to live print. For the really, REALLY free shop, we’ll be featuring occu-apparel that has been upcycled from 2nd hand stores and upscaled by printing our designs on them.

We’ll also be doing a skill share, showing people how to screenprint.

Where can I see it?  In Bryant Park in the AM, and at Union Square from 2pm to 4pm

How can I help? We need YOU to bring us something of yours to print. Also, if you have access to second hand clothing for our upcycled shop (think blank items made of natural fibers) please bring them for the sharing.  We also need volunteers to wrangle the printing, and we need donation of blank tshirts, water-based textile ink, old towels torn into rags to clean screens, and printable fabric.

— 2 years ago
#morning  #afternoon  #participate 
SPREAD Guerilla Libraries - http://readandrepeat.wordpress.com/
What is it? SPREAD is a guerilla installation and pop-up library. Passersby are encouraged to take books to read and to donate reading materials for the use of others. SPREAD is a campaign for education, a reminder that education is a right and should be as easily accessible as a stroll down the street. SPREAD is also a response to our increasingly individualist and consumerist culture. The creation of communities that work together to share resources will be key in the effort to build a better future.
Where can I see it? SPREAD will be installed in Crown Heights/BedStuy at Franklin Ave btw Fulton and Lefferts starting at 9AM on May 1 (pending weather).  
How can I help? If you’d like to help, send us an email at: rekstur@hushmail.com
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SPREAD Guerilla Libraries - http://readandrepeat.wordpress.com/


What is it?
 SPREAD is a guerilla installation and pop-up library. Passersby are encouraged to take books to read and to donate reading materials for the use of others. SPREAD is a campaign for education, a reminder that education is a right and should be as easily accessible as a stroll down the street. SPREAD is also a response to our increasingly individualist and consumerist culture. The creation of communities that work together to share resources will be key in the effort to build a better future.

Where can I see it? SPREAD will be installed in Crown Heights/BedStuy at Franklin Ave btw Fulton and Lefferts starting at 9AM on May 1 (pending weather). 

How can I help? If you’d like to help, send us an email at: rekstur@hushmail.com

— 2 years ago with 2 notes
#participate  #morning  #afternoon  #evening 
May Day Radio - http://maydayradio.occupy.net/
What is this? We will create a soundspace to convey information and serve as rallying point for folks on May Day. We’ll broadcast live updates from actions, interviews, performances, call-ins from other other occupations around the country, and great music to get people in the spirit of this extraordinary day. 
Where can I see it? As much of NYC as we can reach with live streaming and portable FM transmitters. Certainly within the range of our convergences and marches.
How can I help? ? Show up.  Bring an FM receiver and a pair of headphones (or a boombox!)  We’ll try to have spares. Check out our website  (http://maydayradio2012.tumblr.com)  for updates. If you have sound tech, broadcasting skills, or radio content you’d like to contribute, contact us at maydayradionyc@gmail.com. 
If you’d like to contribute funds to help cover purchasing spare FM receivers and headphones, click here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1596078416/may-day-radio.
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May Day Radio - http://maydayradio.occupy.net/

What is this? We will create a soundspace to convey information and serve as rallying point for folks on May Day. We’ll broadcast live updates from actions, interviews, performances, call-ins from other other occupations around the country, and great music to get people in the spirit of this extraordinary day. 

Where can I see it? As much of NYC as we can reach with live streaming and portable FM transmitters. Certainly within the range of our convergences and marches.

How can I help? ? Show up.  Bring an FM receiver and a pair of headphones (or a boombox!)  We’ll try to have spares. Check out our website  (http://maydayradio2012.tumblr.com)  for updates. If you have sound tech, broadcasting skills, or radio content you’d like to contribute, contact us at maydayradionyc@gmail.com. 

If you’d like to contribute funds to help cover purchasing spare FM receivers and headphones, click here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1596078416/may-day-radio.

— 2 years ago with 1 note
#music  #evening  #participate 
MayDay Choir convergence - http://maydaychoir.tumblr.com/
What is this? Several hundred people will gather, first in small clusters and then in a single choir, to sing people out of their workplaces and march them to the Union Square rally.
Where can I see it? At 5:15pm in Madison Square Park.
How can I help? Pass this info along to any choirs that may be interested in joining.  Individuals are most welcome, too!
Anyone or any organization that wishes to participate, please email here: maydaychoir@gmail.com
If you’d like to contribute funds to help cover recording the promotional video, documenting the performance, and associated costs, click here: https://www.wepay.com/xzp3gi

MayDay Choir convergence - http://maydaychoir.tumblr.com/


What is this?
 Several hundred people will gather, first in small clusters and then in a single choir, to sing people out of their workplaces and march them to the Union Square rally.

Where can I see it? At 5:15pm in Madison Square Park.

How can I help? Pass this info along to any choirs that may be interested in joining.  Individuals are most welcome, too!

Anyone or any organization that wishes to participate, please email here: maydaychoir@gmail.com

If you’d like to contribute funds to help cover recording the promotional video, documenting the performance, and associated costs, click here: https://www.wepay.com/xzp3gi

— 2 years ago
#music  #participate  #afternoon