To make objects based on stories, you have two choices:
1. Pull up our database of stories. Find the one that resonates with you. For each object you make, inscribe the number of the story on the object. You could use one story for many objects or make an object for each story you select.
2. Make objects based on your own story. Submit your story. We’ll upload and assign it a number. Create objects and inscribe the number of your story on them.
Each object should be small enough to fit in someones palm. All objects will need a quarter inch hole or sturdy loop to place the project-canary-tags1(PDF).
Tag the objects:
Use our project-canary-tags1(PDF) or make your own (you can also edit our word document project-canary-tags1). The tags need to let the finder know they can keep the art, direct them to search for the story on projectcanary.org, and ask them to share their find on social media using #projectcanary, #projectcanaryfind, #nationalclayweek and tag us on Instagram and Facebook.
Make a drop plan for the next official drop day or the day of your choice:
Leaving art in public places for others to find is not illegal and there is a growing movement called “art abandonment”. As always, use common sense and don’t place the objects anywhere that someone could find them threatening. We recommend public and appropriate places such as parks, libraries, school courtyards or downtown. One of our collaborators lives in a town which is a state capitol. The capitol campus has a huge garden and she plans to drop some art objects there. If you attempt to drop an object and someone objects, just move along to another location.
Note on safety:
Unfortunately we recognize that, even if you do everything right, some folks may run into suspicion or worse because of their race, gender identity or perceived immigration status (and on and on). Please take care out there, be aware of your surroundings and err on the side of caution. If you feel like you can’t fully participate for fear of safety, reach out to us! We’ll try to connect you with folks in your area that you can work in coalition with. Also, consider sharing your story, so others all over the nation can help it be heard.