art on the Mexico City metro

recipient:

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital/ 1228 1/2 31st St. NW/ Washington, DC 20007

sent:

BBC News/UK/Free art on Mexico City metro

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reasoning:

one thing missing in DC’s city life is street art – musicians, performers, or physical pieces. someone told me it’s because getting a permit to perform is fairly difficult. DC has a reputation for being cold and dreary, a place just full of suits and Hill staffers, i know it makes me happy to hear an urhu playing as i’m exiting out of the metro.

with this mexico city example, why isn’t there something similar in DC? there isn’t the performance space? billboards generate ad revenue, leaving no area to post artists’ works? the book exchange is particularly interesting to me. the DC SmartBike program is slowly catching on, but it still has many skeptics. the logistics of a book program would seem even more complicated. but it’s been done! and according to this video – works well. 

its sad to hear the reporter say that for some Mexicans, this is their only ‘exposure’ to ‘culture’ they can afford. if anything, perhaps they are already more ‘cultured’ because they have realized the importance of and made such art available to the general public.

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