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Free Art on the Street! PaperGirl Surprises NYC With Original Idea

331 rolls of art, 9 bikes, 3 boroughs, 3 bridges, 6 hours of insane fun, 1 sunny day.

Yesterday BSA participated in the first annual PaperGirl NYC where  pieces of original art were handed out for free to incredulous recipients in Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, The Lower East Side, Union Square, The Meat Packing District, The West End Highway, The Upper West Side, Central Park, The Upper East Side and Long Island City.

Getting Ready (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Art-gifting bike riders preparing at 3rd Ward before hitting the streets. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

NewYorkers can be suspicious when it comes to free stuff on the street from strangers. Curious like cats, they love schwaaaaaag, and they’ll  grab shiny packaged free gum, energy drinks or diet nut bars from corporate vans and pickup trucks wrapped in splashy advertisements. Sometimes they’ll even wait, flirt and be nice to you to get a free sample of whatever food or drink it is that you are presenting to them.

But if you are pushing free original one of a kind pieces of free art – the responses can range from just flat out “no thank you”, to just “no” or a shake of their head. And that’s when they are being nice. In many cases they will just ignore you or give you nasty looks. Other times they’ll give you a hug and pose for pictures. You just never know.

Manhattan Bound (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Manhattan Bound (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Manhattanites are a tough crowd indeed. The number of people that rejected the free art in Manhattan was very surprising to many of us. The crowds in Union Square Park, for example, had little interest in free art and the same pretty much goes for the rest of the island. Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint and Long Island City residents were far more receptive and nice to our overtures and when they heard “It’s free art” you would see their faces light up and take the art with a big smile.

Lucky Art Lovers (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lucky Art Lovers (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The people waiting in line to enter the studios TV show The Colbert Report were definitely not interested. When one standee timidly reached out to grab the art being handed to him on the sidewalk, a studio security guard promptly snatched the art from his hands and proceeded to lecture us about the dangers of handing down anything to them.

“These people, waiting in line, they belong to The Colbert Report,” he intoned with a straight face.

Of course when we challenged that ridiculous assertion of a public street somehow containing people who were enslaved and controlled by a television show, he became a bit more conciliatory. He explained that it was a matter of courtesy not to give free art to these people. The Colbert Report fans can’t enter the show with rolls of paper that might offend the host or gasp! the audiences back at home. Got it.

A pleased recipient with her rolled up piece. Photo © Jaime Rojo

PaperGirl NY is a collective of artists and art lovers that put out a call to artists to create art and to participate on this adventure. Artists from 12 countries responded and the art was shown briefly in New York City and in Albany before it was rolled up and given away. It was street art indeed. The concept is different from what you normally consider street art to be but the art was on the streets and this time some lucky people got to take it home.

PaperGirl – NYC takes a moment to rest and regroup. Photo © Jaime Rojo

The notion that someone would reject free art, or anything free for that matter seemed alien. The enthusiasm and glee in which those that accepted the art were contagious and pure joy to watch. That made the day an unforgettable one… and the weather was perfect.

Yo, check it out. Free Art! Photo © Jaime Rojo

Heels on Wheels. She Biked With Them Pumps All Day. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Heels on wheels. This PaperGirl pumped in these pumps all day throughout the city. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

To learn more about PaperGir-NY please visit the site below:

∆∆ Sina B. Hickey ∆∆
∆∆ PaperGirl-NYState ∆∆
Founder and Lead Organizer
Bringing Art from the Gallery to the Street

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Fun Friday 12.11.09 – Support Your Artist Neighbors this Holiday Season

It’s a Festival of Blight!

Artists ’round Brooklyn-World are taking Christwanzaakkuheid matters into their own hands….with art fairs and screen-printing parties and good old-fashioned holiday disco-burlesque-debauchery !!!!

Here are a handful of opportunities to spend your cash and not worry that it is getting sucked through a tube to a corporate headquarters somewhere while the frightened-minimum-wage-no-health-benefits cashier who bags your item thinks about hitching a ride to her second job.

When you buy art in your community from your community your money stays in your community. Hooray!

Pandemic Printing Party 12.12


More info @ Pandemic Gallery

Cream Studios Holiday Sale & Party 12.12


238 Melrose street
between Wilson and Central
Sat Dec 12 4:30 – 12

Andy Kessler Memorial Benefit Art Show  12.12

Honoring the Godfather of NYC skateboarding, who passed away in August

Come by the Volcom NYC store on Saturday, December 12th for the Andy Kessler Memorial Art Show. The show is from 8 pm – Midnight, there will be a silent auction featuring a ton of art, drinks and good times to raise money for a good cause!

Volcom NYC
446 Broadway (Between Grand and Howard)
Also open Sunday, December 13th – 11 am – 7 pm

Secret Project Robot Channukah Party 12.13

4pm to 10pm
For your Jewish and Gentile friends alike a Menorah lighting at sunset
(they’re throwing a christmas/holiday party with Jonathon Toubin on the 17th as well)
German Measels
Jaques Detergent
The Mad Scene

Non profit Secret Project Robot supports the local weirdo arts scene consistently through-out the year

– whether it’s art shows, fashion shows, music shows, street art, conceptual art, performance pieces, parties, fundraisers -you name it. They are totally ART + COMMUNITY and many people have come through their doors that we know, and the doors are still open to struggling new people who are trying to make a go of it.

Make a Donation directly to Secret Project Robot (a 501(c) registered non-profit) arts organization by writing to them – they’ll make it easy for you to give back to the arts  >>>

Check out this hilarious “My Menorrah” video, a favorite of our own Manischewitz home-gurl Lera Loeb

3rd Ward & The Danger Party throw “Sugar Rum Cherry” 12.12

Click on this to RSVP at their site and see a delicious HIGH class striptease to Eartha Kitt, may she rest in peace.
Click on this picture to RSVP and see a delicious HIGH class striptease to Eartha Kitt, may she rest in peace.

“Explore twelve thousand square feet of debauched festivities” – oh promises, promises!

Professional art-party ambiance makers The Danger somehow mix the best elements of all holiday traditions while respecting none.

  • Dirty Santas
  • Seductive elves
  • loud sound,
  • jump-up dancefloors,
  • cheap drinks,
  • mistletoe and
  • an abundance of whip-cream and cherries.

Finally, next week it’s Brooklyn’s Own

BLIP FEST ’09 in Gowanus at the Bell House

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