NYC MAYOR’S OFFICE DEMOCRACYNYC AND THE NYC CIVIC ENGAGEMENT COMMISSION HOSTS “COUNTDOWN TO VOTE”, INCLUDING PERFORMANCES, THE PEOPLE’S BUS AND LARGE-SCALE PROJECTION/ILLUMINATION

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Event at Union Square will feature Broadway dancers, stilt walkers, building projections, and a former Dept. of Correction bus that has been converted to an civic engagement art installation

NEW YORK— On Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Union Square, DemocracyNYC will host “Countdown to Vote,” a free community event open to the public to promote the Primary Election and Ranked Choice Voting. The event will feature performances by local artists as well as The People’s Bus—a retired NYC Department of Correction vehicle that has been transformed into a community-led, intergenerational mobile civic engagement center.

The People’s Bus is designed by Yazmany Arboleda, a Colombian-American artist who creates living sculptures. The bus will be parked on the plaza at Union Square for the event and will have opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages to learn about voting and to provide feedback for the development of the bus.

Performances at the event will include all local performers: rapper Kosha Dillz and Friends, Tony Glausi’s jazz trio, Broadway dancers Annelise (of “Jagged Little Pill”) and Kyle (of “Beauty and the Beast”), the Street Beat Brass Drum Line, stilt performer Brianna, NYC-based all-women Brazilian Samba Reggae drum line Fogo Azul, and Harlem-based youth poet Fanta Ratty. A large-scale illumination will be executed by The Illuminator, a NYC-based artist-activist collective, and will feature Ranked Choice Voting-focused artwork by diverse NYC-based artists including Ruben Dario Ramirez, Bernardo Rodriguez, Suzanne Ruzzo, and others.

DemocracyNYC is a nonpartisan mayoral initiative focused on increasing voter participation and civic engagement in NYC. Currently, DemocracyNYC is focusing on encouraging voters to participate in local elections by educating New Yorkers on Ranked Choice Voting.

Production partners for this event include EnfluenceKaleidoscope, and F.Y. Eye.

WHAT:

“Countdown to Vote,” a free community event open to the public featuring performances by local musicians, dancers, acrobats and the People’s Bus

WHEN:

Wednesday, June 16, 6:00pm

WHERE:

Union Square Plaza, on Broadway between 17th Street and 18th Street

WHO:

Performers will include:

Kosha Dillz and Friends (Rap)

Tony Glausi Trio (Jazz)

Annelise and Kyle (Dancers)

Street Beat Brass (Drum Line)

Fogo Azul (Drum Line)

Brianna (Stilt Walkers)

Fanta Ratty (Spoken Word Poet)

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