Grant #59

Pop-Up Repair

February 9, 2014

A group of theater artists target New York City boroughs with a zany pop-up shop that challenges you to rethink recycling.

Pop-up shops are, no pun intended, popping up everywhere, but Pop Up Repair isn’t your average pop-up shop.

Developed by Sandra Goldmark (a theatrical set designer at Barnard College) and her husband Michael Banta (a technical director and theatre production manager at Barnard College), the pop-up was an experimental first step in a larger research project about investigating our relationships with the objects we use every day, what they mean, what they’re worth, and why we repair and reuse instead of buying new.

After a successful month-long storefront residency in Inwood, New Jersey, the duo set its site on New York City, and this grant will help pay for space, tools, and materials.

We’re excited to see the impact that fixing furniture, rather than throwing it away, will have on trash reduction. So grab the things you want to salvage then visit their website and Facebook page to find out when they are coming to a neighborhood near you!

Category: Community, Environment, Philanthropy, Social Impact, Volunteer



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