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[[note]] to go out with paychecks on 9-23 [[/note]]

-OFFICIAL BUSINESS-
THE FIRST NEW WORK
ART PARADE
September 15, 1983

GRAND FINALE: "SANITATION CELEBRATIONS"(c) 

Dear Sanitation Worker, Dear Friend, from Mierle Laderman Ukeles 
Artist in Residence

I take great pleasure in inviting you to march with me in the Grand Finale of the First NYC Art Parade in History. I send this invitation to you and to the members of your family who benefit most directly from your very difficult labor. 

The parade takes place on Tuesday, September 27, 1983, from 7 to 9 p.m., on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, from 104th Street south to 72nd Street, and concludes with a celebration for participants only in Central Park. I know 7 to 9 at night is a difficult time for you--but that's the only time THE ART PARADE could get, near many of NYC's greatest museums. If you can manage to get there, it is guaranteed to KNOCK YOUR EYES OUT! Your great-grandchildren will ask you if you were there! This is IT: We'll rehearse at 106th and Madison Avenue between Mad and 5th at 7:15p.m.
GRAND FINALE IN 4 Parts:

1. Sanitation Honor Guard

2. "THE SOCIAL MIRROR"(c) A totally, I mean totally, MIRRORED "M" Collection truck! So that the spectators can see themselves as part of the system--which is true, but not well-enough understood.

3. "BALLET MECHANIQUE FOR 6 SWEEPERS" Beautiful sweeping patterns down 32 City blocks, performed by the finest drivers in the Department. I'm designing these intricate routines with the drivers right now. 

[[note]] → Bolono [[/note]] 4. "CEREMONIAL SWEEP" Commissioner Norman Steisel, U.S.A. President Edward Ostrowski, and Officers' Union President Joseph Di Masso will HAND-SWEEP the entire Parade route, 32 blocks, in a SYMBOLIC SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR YOU. I am also inviting the Board of Estimate members, the entire City Council, and members of the public media who "talk" Sanitation, "write" Sanitation and "show" Sanitation, to "DO" Sanitation. Also public service groups and environmental groups, along with Ms. Marion Heiskell, the Co-Chairperson of We Care About NYC Inc. in order for them to make their connection and dependence and support of you VISIBLE.
 
YOU I INVITE TO MARCH, AS HONORED GUESTS: THOSE WHO MAKE THIS CITY POSSIBLE. I want to show that Sanitation, that is YOU, is the beginning, not the end of urban culture. First you have to have Sanitation, then there's all else. I'll sweep with the regular clean-up crew.

c/o LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL SUITE 1707 32 BROADWAY 

P.S. PLEASE--SAVE YOUR WORN OUT WORK GLOVES, ALL YEAR LONG, IN ORANGE BASKETS 

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