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Handmade t-shirts promoting art, music, and their importance in the New York subway system.
Handmade t-shirts promoting art, music, and their importance in the New York subway system.
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Our Project

Through BuskNY 2014: We Are Culture, we will hand-print 135 "We Are Culture" t-shirts and distribute them to subway performers and artists. This outreach effort helps BuskNY to reach new contacts and raise our visibility. More importantly, it contributes to helping the freelance community develop a visible and positive profile to complement that of MTA-led programs.

About Our Organization

Last summer, you helped us print 135 t-shirts and give them out to NYC subway performers. The shirts were a great tool for building our community. With our increased numbers, we have been able to log incidents, help performers reduce harassment, and assist several performers defeat summonses and file lawsuits. We look forward to achieving a comprehensive stop to these incidents soon.

We're in the process of becoming a nonprofit, though currently we're still more of a no-profit. We're an entirely volunteer-based organization, and your donations are still our only means of generating funds.

Following the success of our 2013 t-shirt, we've decided to print more this year. The slogan "We Are Culture" was proposed in our meeting last year as a way to be more inclusive of types of art and performance that are either non-musical or not explicitly permitted, while promoting busking and street art as an integral part of New York culture.

Since we no longer have access to the silkscreen lab we used last year, we've been building our own-- which means that though we're using less advanced equipment, we have unlimited access to it, making it possible to print multiple small runs of multi-colored t-shirts.

To cover the cost of printing, we need:

  • $360 for 135 shirts
  • $100 for screens
  • $120 for ink
  • $20 for hinge clamps
  • $100 for shipping
  • $100 for fees and unexpected costs

Risks and challenges

Because we'll be working inside an apartment ('BuskNY HQ'), we'll produce the shirts in batches of 20, not all at once. Still, given the mailing and packaging experience we gained in 2013, we're prepared to ship the shirts to backers on a timely basis. We're looking forward to putting in the necessary work to distribute shirts to performers and grow our community.

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    We'll send you a postcard silkscreened with part of the design.

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    You get one BuskNY "We Are Culture" t-shirt. Please add a note specifying what size you need.

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    You get two BuskNY "We Are Culture" t-shirts. Don't forget to mention which sizes you want in a note!

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    We'll send you one BuskNY "We Are Culture" t-shirt (make sure you tell us what size) and a one-color print of the lineart on tinted paper.

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    We'll send you two BuskNY "We Are Culture" t-shirts (make sure you tell us what size) and a full-color print on dyed paper.

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