Taco Stand Project - An experiment in sharing

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. Taco Stand Project wants to become a different kind of norm, where trading skills and sharing ideas is 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, 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.

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.

Guidelines & Eligibility

Idea Exchange seeks 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.

  • Participants who are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge, art or craft practice, stories, demonstrations etc. with the public
  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older
  • There is no participation or application fee for participants
  • Participation in this project is on a volunteer basis – there will be no remuneration or sales of products or services.
  • Participants must provide their own materials necessary to their presentation/demo
  • 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 setup in lobby for public to sit/work at during presentation
  • Upon acceptance of application, project participants will be scheduled into a preferred date/time upon availability
  • A sound system is available if required

Open hours of theTaco 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)

Application may be submitted with 2 or 3 images of what you would like to share with the public.

The last day of the project is Sunday, February 19. Final deadline for application is Thursday, February 16. Earlier applications will have best choice of selection for dates and times.

Successful applicants will receive notice within one week of their application.

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

kmurray-hopf@ideaexchange.org