Coming to a Kiosk Near You: Voting-Inspired Art
NYC Votes is teaming up with LinkNYC to drive voter registration and participation in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election.
For the fall election season, NYC Votes and LinkNYC are sending an important message to all New Yorkers through the thousands of electronic kiosks dotting the five boroughs: GO VOTE!
As part of LinkNYC's #ArtOnLink program, artists are encouraged to submit their original artwork to grace the 1,700+ kiosks encouraging New Yorkers to vote. All submissions should have a positive voting-themed message such as "exercise your rights," or simply "go vote," along with the classic city iconography New Yorkers know and love.
Here are two examples from a previous election for inspiration:
Winning submissions will appear on LinkNYC kiosks from early October through Election Day on November 3. All artwork must be submitted through the submission form by September 25 at the latest.
The voting-themed #ArtOnLink contest is part of a broader effort coordinated by NYC Votes and LinkNYC to spread awareness and build anticipation for the 2020 election.
First, LinkNYC will help NYC Votes ensure New Yorkers are aware of the voter registration deadline on October 9. Starting September 22, National Voter Registration Day, the kiosks will be counting down the hours until the deadline expires while calling on pedestrians to register to vote by simply tapping on the kiosk right then and there.
After the voter registration deadline passes, LinkNYC kiosks will continue to highlight the upcoming election, the early voting dates (October 24 through November 1), absentee voting information, and help voters lookup their poll sites.
"LinkNYC Kiosks are one of the most eye-catching ways to reach New Yorkers in all five boroughs to make sure they are registered and ready for the upcoming election," said Amy Loprest, Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board. "Having real New Yorkers submit their original artwork to appear through LinkNYC helps connect voters with the information they need to safely cast their ballots this fall – by mail, dropping their absentee ballot at a poll site, or voting early or on Election Day.”
“We are thrilled to work with NYC Votes to highlight election-related art to inspire and encourage New Yorkers to start making their plans to vote." said Alizè Garcia, Community Affairs Manager of LinkNYC. "In addition to the art program, LinkNYC will also showcase registration and mail-in ballot deadlines and information to make sure everyone has what they need to cast their ballot. As we get closer to November, it is critical that New Yorkers across the five boroughs have information on how, when and where to vote."