Joshua Cohen



The Play open source



-- at least one person (you); more will join.

-- art/history you find diminished in museum and/or dominant forums.

-- communit(y)(ies) for whom this art/history is living.

-- access to basic resources, libraries, and archives.

-- imagination and a desire to make change.



-- Spend some time with the art/history in its current location(s).  Note exactly how you feel and your patterns of thought.

-- Articulate what is missing experientially, intellectually, aesthetically.  If necessary, conduct research to clarify your ideas. 

-- Develop a plan for a preferable mode of presentation.  Make your case in writing. 

-- Publish or present your ideas where you like: blog or website; flyer or poster; media article or op-ed; conference or essay.

-- Based on your plan, assemble a team and write up a proposal.

-- Gather support from friends and family, the communit(y)(ies), partner institutions, funding bodies.

-- Collaborate and present when ready.



-- By “art/history” we mean anything you value deeply.  It could involve the representation of particular historical events, or it could be material objects, or the “art” of magic, or glassblowing, etc.  What matters is being passionate.

-- This passion, fueled by your dissatisfaction with prevailing paradigms, form the kernel of an idea.  Developing this idea can happen individually or in a group.  Realizing it is best done in collaboration.

-- Writing things down may not be for everyone, but it may be useful for refining ideas and finding support.

-- The more money involved, the more complicated the project.  Less expensive projects are obviously easier to realize.

-- Published sources can point the way to documentation and materials in archives, museums, and private collections, as well as to individuals and groups sharing your interests.  For published sources, start with your local library.

-- If you begin by focusing on realizing a discrete piece of the project, this can help you in gathering momentum and support.  The one piece can stand as something concrete signifying something accomplished and conveying the larger vision.

-- Getting fiscal sponsorship from a not-for-profit organization allows the project to receive tax-deductible donations and apply for grants.  ‘The Play’, for example, is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas (, which additionally offers assistance related to fund-raising, including grant-finding and proposal-writing.