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Elastic City: Willing Participant

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Design by Asad Pervaiz

With support from the New Museum’s Education Department, Elastic City is pleased to announce the launch of Willing Participant.

All of us are, at some point or another, shaken by tragedies and hardship. It’s time to respond in the best way we can.

Willing Participant whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy shit that happens.

On Sunday April 28, from 12–4 p.m., we’ll dissect and unravel the news of the day. What sticks? What stinks? We’ll find what’s most pressing to participants and what we need to say. We’ll craft that message into a poetic performance and, six days later, on Saturday May 4, we’ll perform our response in the public sphere. Think whispers over bullhorns, but let’s feel the weather.

You’re all invited. Please bring the fire in your belly.

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Location for the inaugural meeting on April 28 at noon is the New Museum Theater, basement of 235 Bowery. The meeting spot for the May 4 response will be collectively decided upon in the April 28 meeting.

Ringleaders: Todd Shalom, Niegel Smith, and Ben Weber. Willing Participant is a labor of love and grrrr. An all-volunteer project created by members of nonprofit participatory walk organization Elastic City.


Endowment support is provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Education and public programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.

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