Spreading joy in foreclosure

Closed storefront

From the New York Times

Everywhere I go in New York I see closed-down stores. Whether they are foreclosed, in search of a tenant, or undergoing renovation I assume varies by the storefront. But I do know that the broken window theory holds here: papered-up windows or cleared-out stores spread bummer around the city, and I’d bet petty crime is not far behind.

So instead of paper why don’t we blow up artists’ paintings or allow artists to paint on rolls of paper that then gets hung in the windows? The artists then have a forum to display their work in prime locations appreciative passerby – it’s cheap, quick, and easy to set up. A nonprofit could supply paper with this art and compensate artists to the city and landlords for a nominal fee.

Okay–who knows someone who knows someone who could make this happen?



2 Comments to “Spreading joy in foreclosure”

  1. Maha 16 February 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Love this idea. A few suggestions–Hannah Copperman Brown ’08 is heavily into public art and a NY-er now living in DC. See if she knows who handles this. Aaron Stanton ’08 currently lives in NY and works for the city, in the emergency management division (ie security, natural/weather disasters) etc. Justin Spiegel ’08 is a NYer with a heavily political bent who might know this too.

    You could also call directly to your City Councilperson, or to a few public-minded museums–PS1 comes to mind–about it.

    Good luck!

  2. Daniela 16 February 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    Something very similar was done in Providence either over the Spring of ’08 or Spring of ’09, can’t remember exactly. Artists were provided with “installation space” in empty storefront windows. I think it was done under the care of AS220. I’d call them to find out more about how this kind of project can be brought about. I’d be interested in helping you, just not sure how committed to the cause I can be right now!

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