Description of Project/Mission Statement

As self-declared Artists in Residence for the US Government, the Institute for Wishful Thinking (IWT) believes that the community of artists and designers possesses untapped creative and conceptual resources that could be applied to solving social problems. With this in mind we invite proposals from artists, architects and designers for residencies at government organizations and agencies at all levels. This website provides information about:


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ARTIST: Molly Dilworth



I propose to test and establish the IRR value of a palette of solar-reflective roof paint. Currently, most manufacturers offer a limited color range (white, light gray, light beige) and are willing to mix any color but can’t provide IRR values for those colors. The NYC CoolRoofs program has minimum IRR standards, without known values, the colors can’t be used. With a standard set of IRR colors a series of solar-reflective rooftop paintings could be made through the CoolRoofs program, improving efficiency of city buildings and beautifying the city as a whole, particularly on roofs that can’t support the weight or cost of gardens or green roofs. These rooftop paintings would be made with government (NYC Department of Education – on school buildings with students), community and private partners.

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Guidelines and Ways to Approach A Proposal

Suggested Steps for writing an IWT: AIR proposal: plan

1.  Select Topic:  Reflect on something, off the top of your head, that seriously disturbs you.  This can be a minor inconvenience or something with global consequences.  It could be as simple as removing your shoes for TSA security checks, ambiguous parking restrictions to something far-reaching, like educations or healthcare policies.  It helps to be as specific as you can but if that isn’t possible you can start with a general idea and filter it specifically during the development process.

2.  Get Focused: The next step is to do a little research.  Uncover divergent views, ideas and debate surrounding your topic.  Once again if it is specific, have a strong opinion and know about your topic already this stage goes fairly quickly or might be unnecessary.  If your topic is more general you could take a while to narrow down the focus.  During this stage you will have a chance to read different documents, critiques, see what is already being done and said regarding your subject.   If your topic is more open then you might want to visit the USA.gov which provides general information on a wide-range of topics.  Reading about pertinent issues might help you narrow your focus.   The focus stage is basically a research stage and will streamline your issue and make it manageable.  If you would like to visually see how this stage might look come view “PRACTICE”, a performance piece that lets you watch the process of idea-exploration visually.  “PRACTICE” will be occurring in the gallery on an ongoing basis during this exhibition.  Please see the calendar for specific dates and times.

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