Sunday, September 28, 2014


Dear Beautiful People;
That’s right; lets do this one more time! This time at the BROOKLYN MUSEUM! I am reaching out to you in hopes that you would be interested in participating in my project by running a “vendor booth." As we prepare for the Dumbo Arts Festival, lets think about this new Barter Town space for next month! Don’t miss out on the fun and spread the word even if you can't join us yourself!!
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, and from Barter Town (Trading Post VII: Between the Bridges) in 2011, and from last year’s Barter Town (Trading Post XI:The Magic Feathers) in 2013,
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. This is a great opportunity to not only be part of this new share economy, but also to spread the word about what it is you do! The Heather Hart Experience presents Barter Town (Trading Post XIII: The People’s Economy), is the newest cycle to my Trading Posts and will be part a public program for the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibit, Crossing Brooklyn on Saturday, October 25thWe will be open for bartering 1pm to 5pm in the Rubin Pavillion. Details to follow. As inspiration this time, I was thinking about the Museum’s reputation as “The People’s Museum” and reclamation of space- and “squatting.” As usual, feel free to think about costuming and themes for your booth based on this theme 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.
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 bySeptember 30th, 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 XII: The People’s Economy)

Name :

Email :

Phone :

Affiliated organization:

Organization/Artist website:

“Booth” name:

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 also need to negotiate 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 October 1st, 2014.