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The Work Office (TWO) is now hiring!

Katarina Jerinic

Aug 2007

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Posted on:
June 14, 2011
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On the Street, Community-based
The Work Office (TWO) is now hiring, in partnership with the Times Square Alliance! Visit to apply. With support from the Times Square Alliance, TWO is hiring artists to create and present public projects in Times Square during the week of October 2?8, 2011. We are accepting applications for TWO employment through June 30th. The Work Office (TWO) is a multidisciplinary art project disguised as an employment agency. Informed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the Great Depression in the 1930s, TWO is a gesture to ?make work? for visual and performing artists, writers, and others by giving them simple, idea-based assignments that explore, document, and improve daily life in New York City. From a temporary, publicly accessible office, TWO?s administrators will hire employees, exhibit work, and distribute Depression-era wages at a Payday Party. TWO is accepting applications for assignments that can be presented in a public space in Times Square to a wide audience, that explore the relationship between art and civic life, and that respond to the unique history and nature of the Times Square District through one of the following TWO assignments: * build a bridge *reinterpret a newspaper photo *record an oral history with someone who works in the Times Square District *design a poster to promote something *make a mixed CD related to places, people, or experiences in Times Square *catalog WPA structures in New York *start an American tradition *give a concert for a plant in Times Square *document a need for repairs *make a regional travel guide for the Times Square District *assign yourself The Times Square District covers most of the territory from West 40th St to West 53rd St between 6th and 8th Aves, as well as Restaurant Row (46th St between 8th and 9th Ave). It includes all 39 Broadway theaters, the headquarters of major media companies, law firms, and financial institutions, as well as one-quarter of all hotel rooms in Manhattan. Projects will be realized primarily on Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets. Projects cannot disrupt the flow of pedestrian traffic, present public safety hazards, or cause damage to public space. Structures that will be left unattended are generally not permitted. Anything constructed or delivered must be able to withstand winds up to 100 mph. Sound must be acoustic and non-amplified. Free Wi-Fi is available. Application submission instructions are available on TWO?s website: A TWO administrator will contact and interview applications of interest in July and August. Applications are evaluated based on the strength and clarity of the proposed response to one of our assignments, the relationship to the Times Square District, and the practicality of realizing it in that public space. Hired employees must be able to complete and present their assignments publicly during the workweek of October 2?8, including a tour of all assignments, and a public Payday Party on the evening of Thursday, October 6th. At the Payday Party, employees will collect their wages of $23.50 for their completed assignments, which was the weekly wage for an artist in the Federal One Project (the arts division of the WPA). The public will be invited to view the week?s works and learn about the project. Completed assignments will be publicly presented in Times Square throughout the week of October 2?8. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM, June 30th, 2011. Questions? Write TWO at:

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