One of Raleigh’s power couples puts their creativity to work for Raleigh’s citizens.
Tina & Grayson Haver Currin
When Tina Haver Currin isn’t working as a Creative Strategist at Myriad Media, you might find her writing freelance for the INDY Week (Raleigh’s independent newspaper), marching for the Moral Monday movement or directing The Hepcat (an annual scavenger-hunt style charity bicycle race).
Grayson Haver Currin is the music editor for INDY Week, co-creator of Hopscotch Music Festival, one of the most entertaining voices in support of the Modern Oakwood Home and one of Raleigh’s most published writers.
Together they are one of Raleigh’s power couples and are co-conspirators in their international internet phenomenon, “Saturday Chores.”
It started last Spring, in March of 2014, when Tina and Grayson were out in Cary headed to Home Depot…you know, a big Saturday adventure for downtown Raleigh ITB-ers. They were out running their Saturday chores when they drove past a number of protesters outside of a women’s health clinic.
What does an outspoken, creative couple do?
Grab a vinyl For Sale sign, a sharpie and whip up some hilarious counter-protest signs and post it to Instagram and Facebook of course.
Armed with signs stating things like “I like Turtles” and “Bring back Crystal Pepsi,” Tina and Grayson used humor to point a light at the outrageous tactics protestors were using to intimidate would-be users of the women’s health clinic.
What they didn’t expect was the level of engagement and support the post would garner. They continued their Saturday Chores, enlisting help from others, acquiring permits to legally protest the protesters and eventually getting press in Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post and The Daily Mail to name a few. Saturday Chores would go on to have other groups pop up in states across the country, in Europe, and as far away as Australia.
That random act on one random Saturday has now helped women everywhere exercise their right in a safe and less hostile environment. But let’s not sell them short. It was their steadfast commitment to the cause and their continued weekly sacrifice that caused the movement to go as far as it did.
And that’s what is so inspiring about Tina and Grayson.
While Boomers and X-ers will label Millennials as self-indulged and naive to socio-political issues, Tina and Grayson embody what those in power probably fear the most: an intelligent, educated and creative generation with an opinion and a social network they aren’t scared to use.
In an age where it is easy to use social media and the internet to bash things that frustrate us or that we don’t agree with, it is rare that we sacrifice our personal time to take action (let alone do it week after week).
Tina and Grayson instead use actions, not just words, to call attention to these causes and things they believe in. One Saturday they even went as far as doing their “Saturday Chores” after running a 25k. Most of us wouldn’t commit to the run, let alone participating in an act of social activism afterwards. Tina admitted in an interview that her legs and arms were shaking that day just trying to stand there and hold a sign, but that’s how committed the couple is.
And beyond their dedication and the success of the causes they have created and helped, the fact that they use their powers for the greater good is even more inspiring.
While most Raleigh residents have probably enjoyed one of Grayson’s scathing reviews of one of North Carolina’s latest Piedmont-Alt-Country-Americana-Folk band, it is his pieces about thriving local businesses and the questioning of NC budget allocations for music at the State Fair that stick with me most.
(Side note: Grayson’s reply on the Oakwood list serve in defense of the Modern Oakwood house may be one of the most entertaining and well-written pieces of the last year.)
So while the couple is a powerful and inspirational two-some, their individual talents and accomplishments are equally inspiring in their own right. That’s why they are each listed here separately.
Tina and Grayson, thank you for all you have done and continue to do for our local community. Your words, and more importantly your actions, are shining examples of the change and influence we can all have.