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New Day New Standard

A "public art nanny hotline" that informs the 200,000+ nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers in New York State about the landmark 2010 Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Equal parts advice and humor—think NPR's "Car Talk" for nannies—users can call in with any kind of phone and at any hour to listen to different humorous episodes about topics such as overtime wages, paying your taxes, slavery and trafficking, and more. But this is no drab and dry reading of the law. When you call the 'New Day New Standard' hotline number, you hear what sounds like a radio talk show 'hosted' by Christine Lewis, a real nanny in New York whose charisma landed her a guest spot on The Colbert Report.


Produced by REV- with Domestic Workers United, New Day New Standard functions as a key media component of a New York City-wide campaign that has informed thousands of domestic workers and their employers about their rights and responsibilities under the law.


Recognized as a unique open-source tool that effectively reaches low-wage workers with low print-literacy levels, NDNS has been presented at The White House, Tribeca Film Festival, The Queens Museum of Art, and in media such as GOOD magazine, BBC Latino, and more.

New Day New Standard: Downloads + Credits

Downloadable episodes (think NPR's "Car Talk" but for nannies!)

About the Team

Lead Organization: REV-

Domestic Worker Advocacy Partner: Domestic Workers United

Lead Artist: Marisa Jahn

Voicing: Jen Cohn, Alexandra Garcia, Christine Lewis

Matthew Fowler (aka "Mumbles")

Audio & Editing:
Abdulai Bah, Sylvia Guerrero, Anjum Asharia, and Carlos Pareja; Andalusia Knoll (Families for Freedom), Rachel Bonjiorno

MIT's Center for Civic Media: Sasha Constanza-Chock, Leo Burd, and Becky Hurwitz

Legal and Research Team: Alexa Kasdan and Nicole Hallett, Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center; Rachel McCullough and Marjorie Dove Kent, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ); Norman Eng and Sarah Leberstein, National Employment Law Project

Support: Center for Civic Media at MIT, Franklin Furnace, Funding Exchange, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, North Star Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund, the Tribeca Fund Institute New Media Fund and the Ford Foundation.

In addition, this performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by stimulus funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the Lambent Fund of Tides Foundation; and Jerome Foundation.

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New Day New Standard: Press & News


. NannyVan's Last Hurrah in NYC! Sept 27th in Westchester, Oct 5th with NYLAG's mobile legal resource center, and Oct 19th at Barnard, NYC!

. NannyVan featured on Fusion TV (Univision)!

. The NannyVan in The New York Times and Hyperallergic!

. July 19 (1-3 pm): NannyVan at No Longer Empty. 155th St. at Saint Nicholas, Harlem NYC.

. July 12: El Bibliobandido at Peréz Art Museum, Miami. Avert calamity! Make books!

. June 14 (12-3 pm): Celebrate International Domestic Workers' Day with the NannyVan at the Queens Museum.

. ESSAY: "Macaronic Dialogue and Interactive Media." by Marisa Jahn in MIT Open Doc Lab Research Forum

. April 24, 2014: NannyVan + Immigrant Nation Launch at DCTV, NYC.

. May 8, 2014: NannyVan Launches at MIT. Event co-presenters: MIT Open Doc Lab, MIT Center for Civic Media, StoryCode, and NuLawLab

. May 16-18, 2014: NannyVan at Open Engagement, Queens Museum (NYC)

. April 26, 2014: NannyVan at Tribeca Film Festival, NYC

. Feb/March 2014: NannyVan Tours the Southwest.

. Spring 2014: MicroMuseum at the American Museum of Natural History. An augmented reality mobile game workshop for teens about microorganisms

. ESSAY: Why Call it Art? The Aesthetics of Participation
NYC Arts Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl reflects on the usefulness of the designation 'art,' using REV-'s New Day New Standard as an example.

. Fall 2013: REV- at MIT Open Doc Lab and Course with students from NuLawlab @ Northeastern U. School of Law and MIT. A studio-based art, media, and law class creating new tools with Boston-based domestic workers.

. ESSAY: The Philosopher’s Axe and Socially-Engaged Art. Reflections from our “REVistas: Rethinking Social Services” working group as a part of the Queen’s Museum’s Arte Util Lab.

. Spring, 2013: Video Slink Uganda features work by Paul D. Miller (Dj Spooky), Rashaad Newsome, Hank Willis Thomas, Saya Woolfalk, and more. Paul Falzone and REV- curated 7 experimental videos which were burned onto pirated DVDs and played before feature films (Hollywood hits, Nollywood dramas, Bollywood musicals, and pornography).

Don't Miss:

. El Bibliobandido in ArtForum. Catch El Bibliobandido, the chief villain you love to hate, commandeering full page spreads in ArtForum and the annals of Caribbean art history!

. Pro+agonist with Cornel West, Jill Magid, McKenzie Wark, Saskia Bos, Carl DiSalvo, Mendi+Keith, and others.

. REV- at the White House.