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Sep 07, 2004 11:42 PM

Imagine Festival Gives Artists A Political Platform

The Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas was an artistic antidote to the 2004 Republican Convention. Through vigilance and skillful messaging, PKPR broke through the cacophony of politicians and protesters, and gave artists a voice in the national dialogue.

Throughout the campaign, PKPR drove home the Festival’s core principle: art is vital to civic discourse. We highlighted the big picture early and often – at a kick-off press conference and then a media preview party, giving reporters access to artists and organizers. Once the Festival swung into gear, we managed publicity for the more than 200 events at 75 venues across the city, including a 4-mile long unemployment line of New Yorkers waving pink slips.

We placed five articles in the Wall Street Journal, ten in the NY Times, five in AP, and a 4-part series in the LA Times, and secured guest spots for organizers and artists on outlets from CNN and NY1 to Air America, and WNYC. Most importantly, we helped the Festival attract the attention – and exert the influence – it deserved. Most events were near-capacity, sold-out, or standing-room only

Permalink | Posted on Sep 07, 2004 at 11:42 PM by Patrick Kowalczyk

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