29 Million Dreams: An art & performance exhibition that examines the dreams deferred by excessive policing in New York City


“29 Million Dreams” is a pop-up art and performance exhibition that explores the dreams left unfulfilled by New York City’s reliance on policing to meet too many of our needs. Through creative expression, artists and visitors will imagine what we could otherwise do with the $29M per day our city spends on the NYPD in order to truly create the safe, connected, and thriving city we only dream of.

Presented by the Museum of Broken Windows, a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Soze Agency, “29 Million Dreams,” is open April 28 through May 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m every day at 216 Lafayette Street. Admission is free.

Featuring works from dozens of artists, the exhibition launches at a time when the New York City Council and Mayor are negotiating the city’s budget, including the billions spent each year on the NYPD, by far the largest police force in the country. Three years after the country’s largest racial justice protests demanded a reassessment of the role of policing in society, the Adams administration relies even more on the NYPD to be the catch-all response to our city’s complex and unmet needs. These range from homelessness and mental health to school discipline and low-level quality of life issues.

Visitors to “29 Million Dreams” will engage with work by 75 artists who examine the ways our overreliance on policing not only fails to meet our needs, but also keeps us from investing in solutions that get to the roots of the problems we face.


The Museum of Broken Windows is a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union, the state affiliate of the ACLU and one of the nation’s oldest and largest defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Please visit our website to learn more: www.nyclu.org

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The Museum of Broken Windows was made possible through generous support from Carroll Hall and Robin G. Willner.

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