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Announcing The Last Walks

Announcing The Last Walks


It's here--our seventh year and final festival! We've gathered an extraordinary group of artists, a dream roster, to lead The Last Walks

Following the festival, we'll be working to put together a book that details many prompts from artists' walks and what we think are best practices for creating one's own participatory walk. 

Elastic City's Final Festival

Our plans for 2016


2016 will be monumental for us. Next summer, Elastic City will present our final festival and after that, there'll be a book for fans and future enthusiasts. The decision to wrap up Elastic City after next year’s festival wasn't an easy one to make, but we feel it's the right one. 2016 will be our 7th year. The itch.


Elastic City 2015 Benefit on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Elastic City 2015 Benefit
Join Karen Finley, Ramzi Awn and Elastic City for our open bar party at The Wild Project

Come celebrate festival artists and fellow participants during our annual party to benefit Elastic City! This time, we’re taking over The Wild Project in the East Village!

Thursday, July 30th
The Wild Project (195 East 3rd Street; Manhattan)
$40 admission

You can purchase tickets through this link:

Performers: Karen Finley, Ramzi Awn

2015 Festival Announcement

2015 Festival Announcement


It's here! The New York Times broke the news this morning! We're thrilled to announce the details of our six-week free festival of artist-led participatory walks, talks and ways throughout New York City. July 7th thru August 18th. This note's got everything you need to know. Get your registration on now cuz capacity is limited and it's gonna fill up quick!

Walks by:
Kate Colby & Todd Shalom
Karen Finley & Violet Overn

Walk (On Ecstasy) With Me

photo: Dudu Quintanilha
Elastic City Walks and The Politics of Participation by Ryan Tracy

photo: Dudu Quintanilha

This following text was presented by Ryan Tracy as part of the "Politics of the Walk" talk on September 28, 2014 at Pratt Institute; co-presented with Pratt's MFA in Writing.

"Walk (On Ecstasy) With Me: Elastic City Walks and The Politics of Participation" by Ryan Tracy

Elastic City intends to make its audience active participants in an ongoing poetic exchange with the places we live in and visit. Elastic City

Sur Rodney (Sur) writes about his research for "Favorites"

Sur Rodney (Sur) writes about his research for "Favorites"
No Chicken’s, No Foul: In consideration of George Segal’s Sculptures in Sheridan Square Park

No Chicken’s, No Foul: In consideration of George Segal’s Sculptures in Sheridan Square Park

Join us at our benefit on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Join us at our benefit on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
at Jack Geary Contemporary in SoHo

In true Elastic City form, we bring you our version of the "benefit." We'll play with sound and spirits to collectively transform Jack Geary Contemporary over the course of the night.

Please join us at our festival’s closing night benefit party and help Elastic City continue to bring participatory walks, talks and ways to the public.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Jack Geary Contemporary
185 Varick Street; Manhattan
Admission: $40/person

Photos from our 2013 benefit

fer realz
We've two sets of photos from our benefit on May 23rd. Check em!

Elastic City Spring Benefit

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Elastic City Spring Benefit 2013

Elastic City is pleased to announce its first-ever in-person benefit on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 7:30pm–10:30pm at EFA Project Space, a program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor; Manhattan)
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