10,000 Pink Balloons to Empower and Inspire

Want to make a difference in someones life in a war-torn city? Don’t have the funds or time to go? Join me and thousands of others in a campaign to share 10,000 pink balloons with the people of Kabul, Afghanistan.
The Project
NY-based artist Yazmany Arboleda is taking his 10,000 Balloons public art project to Kabul, Afghanistan. The project is live right now! People from all over the world are purchasing balloons so that on a surprise Saturday morning, Arboleda and a team of 130 Afghani volunteers will hand out 10,000 pink balloons in Kabul. (Afghanistan is one of five countries that start their work week on a Saturday.)
This is an awesome and creative project that’s meant to bond a war-torn city.
Why Pink?
Pink represents the feminine voice, which in Afghanistan has always been beaten down and disenfranchised. It takes a “suspension of belief,” Arboleda says, to imagine a woman talking to a man in public space, but that’s exactly what his team is going to do (half are men and half are women). On Saturday, May 11 (date embargoed cause it’s a surprise), the start of the Afghan work week, Arboleda’s team will surprise the city with the bio-degradable balloons and personal messages written inside.
Arboleda is a Columbian-born, NY-based artist and has done similar projects in BangaloreNairobi and Yamaguchi. The difference is that those were funded by cultural groups and this time he wanted to make it global + crowdfunded.
It’s $1 to buy a balloon and write a message and be included on the WeBelieveInBalloons mural. Arboleda has already gotten approval from Afghani gov to put the mural up permanently at Afghanistan International Airport after the project is done.
How can you help?
10,000 Balloons For $1
Visit the Participate Now page where you can buy one balloon, upload your picture, and write a message. Or, you can collaborate on behalf of colleagues, teammates, family, friends, social media audiences, clients, partners, by buying multiple balloons and uploading pictures. Please retweet and share this project with your friends, family, and on your social media outlets! I purchased my balloon yesterday. See if you can find me on the mural!
Until next time! -xo AGT
Photo Sources: 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6

Best of the WURST Tickets on Sale Today!

This brings me back to the days when I lived in Germany. I can’t wait to check it out! Saturday August 4th, Openhouse Gallery presents Best of the Wurst, a one-day dining pop up at Openhouse 379 Broome, featuring the most delicious wursts in the city. From currywurst to knockwurst, kasekrainer to merguez, Italian to Moroccan to Austria, The Best on the Wurst celebrates the best of the best. Of the wurst.

Kurt Gutenbrunner’s Blaue Gans, der Kommissar, Esposito’s, Katz’s Delicatessen, Pete Zaaz & Open Kitchen and Schaller & Weber will all be on hand, in one place at one time, to grill up their own special creations. Complementing the wunder these elite chefs and butchers are gonna create are Radeberger Pilsner tallboys, Openhouse’s new 379 Broome St. space and a chance to vote on your favorite.

The pop up runs from noon to 8 pm, tickets are $25 for one-hour sessions, six artisanal hand-crafted wursts, six homemade sides, a Radeberger, go get em. We’re pretty psyched. Get your tickets before they’re gone! Here is the link to buy tickets.

Blaue Gans

Der Kommissar


Katz’s Deli

Pete Zaaz + Open Kitchen

Schaller & Weber

OPENHOUSE is all about pop ups, creating Park Here, the indoor pop up park, The Big Cheesy grilled cheese competition, 201 Mulberry Skate Park and many more. Join more than 15,000 fans on Facebookand Twitter for entertaining contests, free tix to pop ups and exploration of the pop up world. Become a member for discounts and pre-sale invites by emailing members@openhousegallery.org. See ya there!

Love AGT :)

Source: Openhouse Gallery