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 citycanvas@culture.nyc.gov.

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

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