DOT Art Program Overview and Opportunities

DOT Art partners with community-based, nonprofit organizations and professional artists to present temporary public art on DOT property for up to 11 months. Artists transform streets from ordinary to extraordinary with colorful murals, dynamic projections and eye-catching sculptures. Sidewalks, fences, triangles, medians, bridges, jersey barriers, step streets and public plazas serve as canvases and foundations for art. Projects are presented within five program tracks: Arterventions, Art Display Case Exhibits, Asphalt Art Activations, Barrier Beautification, and Community Commissions. Special Projects are also produced throughout the year.

Program Tracks

Community Commissions Barrier Beautification Arterventions Asphalt Art Activations Art Display Case Exhibits Special Projects

Upcoming Deadlines

Open Call Deadline February 15, 2019: Community Commissions

Norwood Column by Jenny Hung, Summer 2017
Norwood Column by Jenny Hung. Presented with the Jerome Gunhill BID. East Mosholu Parkway South and Grand Concourse, Bronx.

Artists are invited to apply to the Community Commissions 2019 open call. DOT Art is seeking temporary, site-responsive art proposals in all five boroughs for implementation in spring/summer 2019. This round, applicants may submit sculpture or mural proposals to one of five priority sites. Selected artists are qualified to receive up to $12,000 towards direct project costs in addition to engineering support. Projects are presented with support from built-in community-based partner organizations.

Submissions should be directed to arts@dot.nyc.gov by Friday, February 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Download Community Commissions RFP and Application Form (PDF).


TEMPORARY ART PRIORITY SITE LIST

BRONX Barrier, Pedestrian Walkway at East 161st Street between Gerard Avenue and Concourse Village West
Advisory Panelist: Pending
BROOKLYN Sidewalk, Broadway Junction intersection of Fulton Street and Van Sinderen Avenue
Partner: The Local Development Corporation of East New York
MANHATTAN Sidewalk Extension, 116th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd/St. Nicholas Avenue
Advisory Panelist: A. Phillip Randolph Square Neighborhood Alliance
Partner: Marcus Garvey Park Alliance
QUEENS Bridge Wall, Purves Street at Jackson Avenue
Partner: Long Island City Partnership
STATEN
ISLAND
Bridge Wall, Richmond Avenue and Drumgoole Road W
Partner: Projectivity Group

Current Project Map

Explore current temporary installations using our engaging map as your guide.
Download the DOT Art Current Project Map (PDF).

Community Commissions

I am Here at Bay Street and Victory Boulevard, Staten Island by Harumi Ori. Presented with Staten Island MakerSpace.  Bay Street and Victory Boulevard, Staten Island.
I am Here at Bay Street and Victory Boulevard, Staten Island by Harumi Ori. Presented with Staten Island MakerSpace. Bay Street and Victory Boulevard, Staten Island.

DOT Art collaborates with community-based organizations to commission artists to design and install temporary art on DOT property. A minimum of one priority site is identified by local organizations with support from DOT Borough Offices and Operating Units in each borough per application cycle. Selected artists are eligible to receive up to $12,000 towards direct project costs in addition to engineering support. Partner organizations work closely with selected artists throughout the project phases and must agree to maintain the artwork and remediate the site upon completion of the display period. Artwork remains installed for 11 months.

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. EST
Community Commissions projects on Flickr Download Community Commissions RFP and Application Form (PDF).

Barrier Beautification

Razzle Dazzle by Ann Tarantino. Presented with New York Cares and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.  Park Row at Frankfort Street, Manhattan
Razzle Dazzle by Ann Tarantino. Presented with New York Cares and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Park Row at Frankfort Street, Manhattan

DOT Art collaborates with volunteer organizations to beautify concrete barriers with bold, colorful murals that are designed by professional artists but painted almost entirely by volunteers. Barriers located along protected bike lanes or active sidewalks serve as canvases for art. DOT Art provides selected artists with a design honorarium of $2,500 and a materials fee of $500 for stencil production. DOT Art provides paint and associated materials at no cost to the artist, and coordinates volunteer recruitment and secures volunteers to implement the mural on a single day in fall and spring. Murals remain installed for 11 months.

Submission Deadline: Coming Soon Barrier Beautification projects on Flickr

Arterventions

Link by Jorge Palacios. Presented with the Noguchi Museum.  Flatiron Plaza on Broadway and 23rd Street, Manhattan
Link by Jorge Palacios. Presented with the Noguchi Museum. Flatiron Plaza on Broadway and 23rd Street, Manhattan

DOT Art partners with galleries, arts and community organizations and business improvement districts to install existing or new artwork on DOT property. Proposals are typically associated with an exhibition on view in a neighboring gallery, or an artwork that has been produced in conjunction with a local festival. The proposal must be fully funded by the organization. Interested organizations and artists must submit a joint application. Organizations are responsible for engineering review, artwork maintenance during the display period and site remediation upon completion of removal. Artwork typically remains installed for 3 to 6 months.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted at a minimum of 60 days in advance of the proposed installation date. If a non-profit organization or fellow City agency is interested in presenting multiple art installations at one time as part of a festival or event, please approach DOT Art as soon as possible to ensure the project deadline is attainable.

Download the Site Selection Tips Guidelines Download Arterventions 2019 - 2020 Application (pdf) Arterventions projects on Flickr

Asphalt Art Activations

The World is Our Oyster by Carla Torres. Presented with DOT Pedestrian Projects Group and P.S. 69 Journey Prep.  Thieriot Avenue between Soundview Avenue and Randall Avenue, Bronx
The World is Our Oyster by Carla Torres. Presented with DOT Pedestrian Projects Group and P.S. 69 Journey Prep. Thieriot Avenue between Soundview Avenue and Randall Avenue, Bronx

DOT Art collaborates with internal DOT units, such as Pedestrian Projects Group and School Safety, to identify newly repurposed, pedestrianized asphalt spaces to serve as canvases for asphalt art murals. Surfaces such as slip lane closures and sidewalk extensions are identified as suitable for artwork. Artists are commissioned to transform and activate the spaces with bold design and color to create an inviting, safe space for pedestrians. Priority asphalt sites are announced yearly. Selected artists are eligible to receive up to $7,500 towards direct project costs. Murals remain installed for 11 months.

Submission Deadline: Coming Soon (2019) Asphalt Art Activations projects on Flickr

Art Display Case Exhibits

The Supper Club by Elia Alba. Presented with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  Water Street between Wall Street and Pearl Street, and Gouveneur Lane and between Water Street and Front Street, Manhattan.
The Supper Club by Elia Alba. Presented with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Water Street between Wall Street and Pearl Street, and Gouveneur Lane and between Water Street and Front Street, Manhattan.

Special Projects

Chorus by Jessie Contour. Presented with DOT Public Spaces, the Department of Design & Construction (DDC) and the Friends of Diversity Plaza.
Diversity Plaza, Broadway and 37th Road, Queens.
Chorus by Jessie Contour. Presented with DOT Public Spaces, the Department of Design & Construction (DDC) and the Friends of Diversity Plaza. Diversity Plaza, Broadway and 37th Road, Queens.

DOT Art commissions temporary artwork in conjunction with a priority agency initiative up to twice a year. Selected artists are eligible to receive up to $20,000 towards direct project costs. Artists should visit the Program Tracks and Opportunities page on a consistent basis to learn of upcoming open calls or sign up for the e-newsletter. Examples of past projects outside of the four Program Tracks include: Asphalt Art Activations, Summer Streets Interventions, and Construction Fence Banner Wraps.

Special Projects on Flickr

Other pages

DOT Art & Event Programming Permanent Art Collection and Policy Event Programming Overview and Opportunities