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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!)
• Definition of a domestic worker
• Episode about paying your taxes
• Episode about minimum and overtime wages
• Episode about penalties for non-compliant employers
• Episode about unemployment insurance
• Episode about wage deductions
• Episode about modern day slavery and trafficking
• The menu tree for callers
• 30 second PSA about this project
About the Team
Lead Organization: REV-
Domestic Worker Advocacy Partner: Domestic Workers United
Lead Artist: Marisa Jahn
Voicing: Jen Cohn, Alexandra Garcia, Christine Lewis
Music: Matthew Fowler (aka "Mumbles")
Audio & Editing: Abdulai Bah, Sylvia Guerrero, Anjum Asharia, and Carlos Pareja; Andalusia Knoll (Families for Freedom), Rachel Bonjiorno
Tech: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.
New Day New Standard: Press & News
• Spotlight on New Day New Standard & League of Nannies at Tribeca Film Institute (Spring 2013)
• Feature review: La Oprah Winfrey de las trabajadoras domésticas by Valeria Perasso in BBC Latino (May 21, 2012)
• Feature review: A 'Talk Show' Uses Humor to Inform Domestic Workers About Their Rights by Zak Stone in Good Magazine (May 10, 2012)
• White House CTO Todd Park: Civic Media Know-Your-Rights Audio Interface is "Super Cool!" by MIT Center for Civic Media (September 21, 2012)
• Why Call it Art? The Aesthetics of Participation by Queens Museum of Art Director Tom Finkelpearl. (Spring 2013)
• REV- Reflects: The Philosopher's Axe and Socially Engaged Art by Marisa Jahn, Anjum Asharia, and Ismaelly Pena in Queens Muse Blog (Spring 2013)
• Five Top Takeaways from Tribeca Film Institute's Interactive Day by Liz Nord in PBS POV (April 24, 2013)
• New Voices in Indie Media in Counterpunch(April 26, 2013)
• Tribeca Film Institute Sandbox (Spring, 2013)
• Zero Divide Symposium on advocacy projects using mobile devices (December 2012)
• Press Conference & Project Endorsement with Councilmember Brad Lander. Video by Carlos Pareja. (May 15, 2012)
• Help Line for Nannies by Alison Bowen, Metro.us (May 15, 2012)
• Case Study: New Day New Standard, an interactive voice hotline powered by Voice Drupal by Becky Hurwitz (May 31, 2012)
• I Love Everything About Thisby Wendi Adelson, Human Trafficking Law Blog (May 12, 2012)
• Park Slope Parents Cheat Nannies out of Overtime Pay, Group Says by Leslie Albrecht, DNA info (May 15, 2012)
• Domestic Workers Get Their Own Oprah, Belpolitik (May 10, 2012)
Feb 7-22: The NannyVan's inaugural voyage in California and Arizona!
Feb 7-22, 2014: Residency at ASU Art Museum.
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.
Why Call it Art? The Aesthetics of Participation
Queens Museum Director Tom Finkelpearl reflects on the usefulness of the designation 'art,' using REV-'s New Day New Standard as an example.
REV- REFLECTS: 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).
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.