Final Day to Submit Jane’s Walks for 2016

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Today, April 13, is the final day to submit a Jane’s Walk for the New York City area.  The Municipal Art Society is the local organizer of Jane’s Walk Weekend, May 6, 7 and 8.  So far, we have over 160 walks scheduled on the Jane’s Walk website and we’re hoping to get close to 200 walks this year in honor of Jane’s 100th birthday.

If you have an idea for a walk, you have until midnight Wednesday, April 13th to submit your idea to the Jane’s Walk Website. Here’s some helpful advice for our leader training packet:

Brainstorming Your Walk

Jane’s Walks can be one of the following, or any combination of the three:

Place-based. Delve into a neighborhood, block, landmark, etc.

  • Example: Murals of East Harlem.

Issue-based. Explore a relevant or topical issue.

  • Example: The Fight for Bushwick Inlet Park.

Activity-based. Lead your group through an engaging activity.

  • Example: Scavenger Hunt in Tribeca.

Remember, Jane’s Walks are walking conversations. As you brainstorm, start thinking of ways you can design your walk to be as interactive as possible.

Scheduling Your Walk

Scheduling your walk during one of the following time slots will allow participants to attend as many walks as possible over the course of the weekend:

  • Friday, May 6: 1pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
  • Saturday, May 7: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm
  • Sunday, May 8: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm

We strongly encourage every leader to hold their walk more than once during the weekend. This will help to ensure that you have manageable numbers for each walk.

While there are no minimum or maximum durations for walks, we recommend planning a walk that will last at least one hour.

Preparing for Your Walk

As you prepare to lead your Jane’s Walk, be sure to…

Plot your route in advance. We recommend doing a test run at the time you plan to lead your walk. You may find certain blocks busier or nosier than others and will want to adjust your walk accordingly.

Pick a specific meeting place. It’s important to let participants know exactly where to find you. Make sure to provide a precise meeting place, i.e. an exact street address or a landmark on a corner. The best meeting places are easily accessible by public transit and near a restroom.