What Would You Say To The President?

Jul 18, 2017

Volunteer typists will gather at Reno’s City Plaza to dictate messages from passersby who want to convey their thoughts to the president. Artist Shery Oring sat down with our Holly Hutchings to discuss her project, “I Wish to Say.”

Credit http://www.sheryloring.org/i-wish-to-say/

Oring has spent the last thirteen years touring the country. On every stop, she collects post cards written by passersby that she sends to the White House. To date, she's mailed more than 3,200 of them from people of all backgrounds and political perspectives.

During her public performances, she dresses up as a 1960's secretary and brings a typewriter.

“People can come up and sit down at my desk, take a few minutes to think what they would like to say, and then tell me what they want to say to the White House,” Oring explains. “And I’ll type it verbatim.”

Oring is bringing her project to Reno this week as part of Artown. Her interactive presentations are hosted by Nevada Humanities and will be held at Reno City Plaza July 20 and July 22 from 4-7 p.m.