July 26, 2012
3M Corporate Headquarters
3M Center, St. Paul, MN
My name is Diane Keys, and I am an artist living and working in the Chicago area. Post-It Noats have truly revolutionized our world. As multi-tasking has become a necessity, Post-It noats allow us to remember the seemingly endless to-do lists that plague us daily.
But Post-It Noats have moved beyond just a tool of convenience. Have they become a medium of communication in their own rite? From business noats, to personal noats, to lists, to “kick me” signs, have things gone too far? Has the need for saving time resulted in less face-to-face interaction and thus caused insensitivity? I present to you just such a possibility:
My husband is a hard working man trying to support a family in this tough economy. He was recently fired via a Post-It Noat. It was attached with its semi-tacky glue, to his final paycheck. I am attaching the said noat in case you are in disbelief, as was I. *company name will be disclosed at your requestbut let me add this is a non-profit dedicated to helping veterans
I am submitting to you an art proposal to raise awareness to such unprofessional and inhumane business practices. This is clearly a mis-use of an otherwise great paper product.
I would like to resurrect a 4' X 4' Post-It Noat tower, standing 6' tall, that would be fully operational. I would also like permission to use your lobby to stage this performance piece. My husband would be tearing off the over-sized Post-It Noats and paste them on the walls. He would write the story of his firing on the noats. He has had many other unfortunate work-related experiences in which tact (pun intended) was completely lacking. He would also write about the long period of unemployment he has experienced this year and his failed efforts to obtain gainful employment.
I am asking for your funding for this project which would include:
- Travel expenses to and from St. Paul
- Hotel accommodations for the one week duration of the show for my husband and I
- Over-sized Post-It Tower
I feel this would be a worthwhile endevour for you, as it will bring publicity to your company while showing concern for 'the little guy'. I look forward to hearing from you favorably regarding this cutting edge project.
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