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The “Mighty Pencil Machine” Exhibit

Sep 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


To mark the 50th International Literacy Day, New Yorkers are being invited down to The Untitled Space in Tribeca to visit a stunning piece of interactive artwork that showcases messages of support transformed into pencils. The “Mighty Pencil Machine” exhibit physically illustrates how words have the power to end illiteracy. The exhibit is open to the public for one day only on 8th September.

The exhibit includes an installation, which enables visitors to input positive messages of support (via ProjectLiteracy.com/Pencil) for those learning to read and write, see them being made into working pencils, and purchase them themselves. Visitors can see the installation in action from 10am-6pm.

Today, 32 million American adults cannot read and one in four children grow up without learning how to read. In New York alone, 1 in 4 residents are functionally illiterate. Yet many do not realize that illiteracy is more than the inability to read a good book. Illiteracy is linked to almost every major global development challenge there is, from infant mortality and malnutrition to gender inequality and unemployment.

To clearly demonstrate how illiteracy contributes to larger socioeconomic problems, Project Literacy, www.ProjectLiteracy.com–the movement behind the exhibit–created the “Alphabet of Illiteracy”. The Alphabet brings to life, in a powerful new way, a body of evidence and decades worth of research demonstrating that illiteracy can contribute to reduced life expectancy, radicalization, the spread of disease and violent crime. To view the full Alphabet of Illiteracy, visit http://www.projectliteracy.com/abc.


Sep 8, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The Untitled Space
45 Lispenard St Tribeca
New York, NY 10013 United States


Project Literacy