Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Dear Beautiful People;
My Barter Town project is back yet again by popular demand as part of this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival 2014, “a feast for the senses that attracts 200,000 visitors over 3 days with the participation of over 500 artists from a variety of disciplines, 100 studios, 50 galleries and stages and 100 programming partners.”  And I am reaching out to you in hopes that you would be interested in participating in my project by running a “vendor booth”. Don’t miss out on the fun and spread the word!!
To encourage art to take an active roll in leading the shift of cultural value, and to create a critical space that is neither one place, nor another yet both places, I’ve presented Trading Post, a series of exchanges.  At the Trading Posts participants bring their ideas, services, songs, stories, unwanted goods, handmade art, appliances, anything they think may hold value and haggle for something that they want.  The only rule is that no currency may be exchanged, i.e. everything is for barter. Here are some photos from the Barter Town (Trading Post V: Juneteenth) in 2010, http://goo.gl/8HSiz and from Barter Town (Trading Post VII: Between the Bridges) in 2011, http://goo.gl/w5ScH and from last year’s Barter Town (Trading Post XI:The Magic Feathers) in 2013, http://goo.gl/iQww7A
Whether you want to provide a booth for face painting, performance, a film, sporting competition, a raffle, some art, costume making, massage therapy, palm reading, lessons, clothing, a nail salon, vouchers for services, promises, people’s court, or anything else, I welcome your ideas and proposals. The Heather Hart Experience presents, Barter Town (Trading Post XVI: Mesh & Lace), is the newest cycle to my Trading Posts and will be part of the Festival on both Saturday, September  27th and Sunday, September 28th! They love us! We will be open to the public from 12, noon until 6pm each of those days. As inspiration this year, I was thinking a lot about other post-apocalyptic presences and thought Modern English’s song, Melt With You was a fun prompt.  As usual, feel free to think about costuming and themes for your booth based on this nuclear love song and solidarity of humankind. :)
As usual, tables and chairs will be provided for your booth if you wish, but I encourage creativity and variety if you want to bring your own structure. (Please be aware, that we will be in the street with possibly no shade and only a few canopies are available).  I may have a small van for transporting work to and from the site, which is scheduled to take place in the heart of Dumbo, on Water Street between Washington and Main Streets, so please request and arrange help if you need it.
Barter Town will have the appearance of a street fair or block party, but remember, all “booths” would run on bartering only- no currency allowed (no I-owe-yous for money, although drawing an I-owe-you for service is encouraged). I hope you will consider creating a booth.  Below is the proposal info that I need to have you complete and return to me by August 11th, 2014 so I can map a layout, create press with your name and request a modest honorarium for you. 
Please feel free to contact me with questions and please forward this open call
Heather Hart 

PROPOSAL FOR BARTER TOWN (Trading Post XVI: Mesh & Lace)

Name :

Email :

Phone :

Affiliated organization:

Organization/Artist website:

“Booth” name:

 Proposed for:



__BOTH SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (you will receive honoraria for each day)

Short Description:

Equipment needed:
(we can provide tables and chairs, but anything more will need to be negotiated or arranged between you and Heather. We will have some access to electricity but will not likely be allowed too much amplified sound- please ask me first.  Please include info about equipment/setup/space requirements that you will need.  We will provide as much as I can, but you may need to bring some stuff of your own). 

You will be notified of acceptance by August 17th, 2014.