Taco Stand Project - An experiment in sharing

With a vision to create an environment of curiosity and discovery, Idea Exchange is embracing a centuries-old method of exchange and welcoming this fall, the Taco Stand Project.

The Taco Stand Project is an experiment, a venue, an activator for community sharing. It aims to bring us together to find new ways of navigating the challenges of today. The Taco Stand Project wants to become a different kind of norm, where trading skills and sharing ideas are not tied up in commerce and power, but rather a community minded collaboration, with cost free resources and social empowerment.

In Mexico, a taco stand is a temporary venue and a gathering hub, serving low cost food to any given neighbourhood and offering social interaction. The majority of taco stands in Mexico remain unregulated, meaning they pop up as necessary and remain outside the framework of regulated restaurant culture. They arrive from necessity of making a buck in impoverished places. They show up temporarily at festivals and community hot spots. They care for the locals and offer a quick bite for cheap.

Borrowing from this culture of unregulated economy, the Taco Stand Project explores what opportunities reside in our community for empowering people to share their skills, trade tasks or things, or teach an original solution to a common problem.

The Taco Stand Project is our first attempt and needs you because a community is built by all of us.

Intrigued? Excited? Get involved!

There are two ways to participate in Taco Stand Project:

1. Give a workshop, a talk, a demonstration, or tell a story. Share your culture, knit a sweater, fix some things, or salvage the discarded.  It’s your stand. Your venue. Book it.

2. Trade things at no cost. 2 hours of dog walking in exchange for a car wash. Tomatoes in exchange for homemade pies. An old collection of vinyl in exchange for a guitar. The Trading Post awaits your announcement.

As long as it’s safe, environmentally friendly, beneficial to someone, and clever in not perpetuating capitalist hunger, we’ll make it work.

Taco Stand Project has been developed in conjunction with the exhibition With Mexico, From Love which opens Friday, November 25, 7:00pm at Idea Exchange, Queen’s Square Gallery. And yes, at the opening, there will be tacos!

Submit your Taco Stand Project contributions and ideas.

Here are the details:

We are seeking participants for the Taco Stand Project from Saturday, November 26 until Saturday, February 18, 2017 at our Queen’s Square location, 1 North Square, Cambridge.

Open hours of the Taco Stand Project will be:

Weekdays: Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00 – 4:00pm

Weeknights: Wednesday, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Weekends: Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00pm or 2:00 – 4:00pm, Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00pm (when event schedule allows)

There is no fee to participate and there is no remuneration. It is based on volunteer spirit and willingness to share.

This is how we help:

Idea Exchange will provide the Taco Stand structure for placing materials necessary to the presentation/demo as well as electricity if required

Picnic tables will be set up in lobby for the public to sit/work at during presentation

A sound system is available if required

We’ll take care of schedules and do our best to give you your preferred date and time

This is what you bring:

Your enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, art or craft practice, stories, demonstrations etc. with the public

Any materials you may need that we haven’t listed above. If they’re simple, tell us, maybe we can help a little.

Join in

So, sign yourself in, and tell us what you’d like to bring to the Taco Stand Project. Upload few images to give a good idea of your plan. Once we hear from you, we’ll get back to you within a week and work out all the little pieces. 

The last day of the project is Sunday, February 19. Last day to submit is Thursday, February 16. Earlier submissions will have best choice of selection for dates and times, so don’t take too long. Let’s see we what we can do together.

For further information, please contact Karen Murray-Hopf at 519.621.0460 ext. 155, or