New York Historical Society Archives “Subway Therapy” Project
Until last week, an estimated 20,000 sticky notes scribbled with post-election thoughts plastered the walls of New York City’s Union Square subway station.
Now, artist Matthew Levee Chavez’s crowdsourced “Subway Therapy” project has a new home. According to The Huffington Post, the New York Historical Society has archived approximately 4,000 notes that snapshot the city’s emotional state in the face of “Trump’s America.”
“People decades from now might look at Post-it Notes as incredibly quaint,” Museum Director Margaret Hofer told DNAinfo. “But whatever the verdict, this method of communication really captures the spirit of 2016 and the needs of New Yorkers at this particular moment.”
I’m sad the sticky notes at Union Square are no longer there, but I’m happy they were allowed to stay as long as they did. I had some amazing experiences, and great conversations. I met so many wonderful people. Keep in mind the wall at Union Square was not the beginning of Subway Therapy, and the preservation of the notes there is hardly the end. I will continue to set up my office in the subway the same way I have been to provide people with an opportunity to express themselves and feel less stress. #subwaytherapy #love #newyork Photo cred: @ad_brad
With plans to release adult and children’s books on the project, Chavez is excited to see “Subway Therapy” build momentum in the year ahead. “I started the project so people could have a channel to express their thoughts, feel less alone, and also become exposed to opinions different than their own,” he said in a statement. “‘Subway Therapy’ is about inclusion, stress relief and peaceful expression. I’m thrilled that we have found a way to work together to move the project and preserve it for others to experience in the future.”
New Yorkers interested in speaking up can stop by the New York Historical Project’s “Messages to the President-Elect” wall at 170 Central Park West at 77th Street before Inauguration Day (Jan. 20).