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Reading on the Rails
Jan-Henry Gray / Nov 24, 2015

If you ride the Red Line during rush hour, you may have been handed a copy of LDOC, a free newsprint publication pairing the work of a creative writer and a photographer every issue. The publication was likely handed out to you by its founders Danielle Wilcox (MFA ’15) and her husband Joseph Wade Wilcox. The couple launched the project in early October after winning the national competition for the 2015 Crusade Engagement Grant. 

Read the full Columbia College interview here.


2015 Crusade for Art Engagement Grant recipients Joseph Wilcox and his wife Danielle are creating a shared accessible arts experience by distributing bi-weekly newsprint publications to commuters on Chicago’s “L” trains.

Wilcox, a working artist based out of Chicago, and his wife came up with the idea of a literary publication that could be distributed “guerrilla-style” on public transportation to excite and inspire the 9-to-5 employee and to get photography and creative writing into the hands of the everyday traveler.

“By putting the artwork on public transportation, we are removing the access barrier and putting the public art directly in the hands of individuals,” says Wilcox.

The Crusade for Art Engagement grant annually awards the applicant with the best idea for building an audience for fine art photography. It fully underwrites the execution of the Wilcoxes' idea in the amount of $10,000. The project is entitled “LDOC,” for the elevated, or “L,” trains of Chicago and DOC for the actual document.

“I imagine people hopping on the Red Line with their copy during a distribution day and seeing others reading the same publication,” says Wilcox. “My hope is that this shared experience sparks conversation or creates a community bond that wasn’t there previously.”

This idea of creating engagement and community bonding through art is something that Wilcox is passionate about, and it’s key to the project’s success.

Crusade for Art Engagement Juror Brian Sholis says, “LDOC was the proposal that best balanced effective cost management and distribution with artistic quality. It imagined a captive, repeat audience for the publication and has the potential for long-term sustainability. It is an ambitious but exciting project.”

Adds Wilcox, “As an artist, I am interested in creating work that opposes existing power structures within institutions, consumer culture, and society. By defining my own role as an artist, I give myself the permission to be curator, object-maker, documentarian, and organizer.”

Read the full Lesley University article here.