Archive for July, 2011

Join me on the swings?

If you’re tired of art shows in museums are warehouse spaces, sometimes you just have to remind yourself that it’s not the only art out there. In my mind, public art that’s interactive may be among the best because it excludes no one (unless you hate the concept of anything new and different). One amazing project over the last year or so is Swings, put on by the do-gooders at ohSanFran. The team installed swings in public spaces across San Francisco, Los Angeles, Panama and the Marshall Islands for no other reason than to celebrate a childhood passion and spread happiness. Fresh off that success, the team is bringing the project to Bolivia and has a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their expenses. While the campaign goal has been met, this is such a seriously awesome cause that I don’t mind throwing a few more bucks towards because they are really making an effort to spread smiles and show less fortunate kids some semblance of the childhood most of us were so lucky to have. It’s also a great reminder that it’s often really simple things that make us the happiest.

Trivial activities promoted through beautiful design.

Posters for every day events. No activity in your life is too boring or mundane. The idea is to take trivial activities and promote them with posters to give them a sense of importance they ordinarily would not have. We’ve covered this before but there’s a handful of new ones and I’m feeling the itch to post a few of these around town. Participation encouraged.

Score a painted skateboard and donate to Japan relief

Hey San Franciscans (or anyone visiting the Bay Area)! Our buddies over at Collective Good are hosting a benefit called Plywood for Good on July 14. FTC Skateboards recently gave 30 Bay Area artists blank skateboard decks, who then used the skateboards as a canvas to express their feelings about the Japan earthquake. These skateboards will be auctioned off at the event, and thanks to a partnership with Direct Relief International, 100% of the proceeds will aid the rebuilding efforts in Japan. There will also be T-shirt and poster screen printing, a cash bar, and food for sale from Onigilly. So mark your calendars, and be sure to RSVP!

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