City Canvas to turn NYC construction site fencing into public art

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Image from the City Canvas call for applications (“Breathing Wall” by Monika Bravo.)

New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is introducing a pilot art program for some of the more than 300 miles of construction fences and sidewalk sheds in the city.

The 24-month City Canvas project will ” allow the installation of temporary visual art on eligible sidewalk sheds and construction fences.

DCLA says the project’s goals are to: Specifically, the goals of the pilot are to:

  • Improve the pedestrian experience for NYC residents and visitors across the five boroughs by transforming temporary protective structures into sites for the display of art; and
  • Increase opportunities for cultural organizations and artists to present artworks that are relevant to the communities surrounding the installation sites.

DCLA says it has issued a call for applications to identify one or more qualified not-for-profit cultural organization(s) to implement the pilot. “Organizations must have submitted an eligible FY19 Cultural Development Fund (CDF) application or be a member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) to be considered. For more information about this opportunity, download the application.

Questions related to the pilot should be submitted to

Submissions must be received no later than Friday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.


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