DOT Art partners with community-based organizations and artists to present temporary public art in neighborhoods across the City. Artists help transform the city's streets from ordinary to extraordinary with unexpected interventions - colorful murals, dynamic light projections and thought-provoking sculptures. Public plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, step streets, and sidewalks serve as canvases for art. Visit DOT's Flickr stream for an archive of DOT Art projects Follow Art for Streets on Tumblr for fun facts and behind-the-scenes updates Download a list of current DOT Art temporary projects (pdf) Download a list of permanent DOT Art projects (pdf)
DOT Art has several programs: Barrier Beautification Open Call Announced Community Commissions Barrier Beautification Site to Site Arterventions Asphalt Art Activation Art Display Cases Musical Interludes
Barrier Beautification Open Call Announced
Are you an artist interested in displaying your design on concrete barriers in the City? If so, apply to the Barrier Beautification Open Call by Friday, September 5, 2014 to be considered. Be a part of over 6 miles of beautified barriers throughout the City and implement your design on concrete barriers with the help of New York Cares volunteers.
DOT Art partnered with the Historic House Trust of New York City and artist Cara Lynch to paint a mural titled, What We Came For, on a step street located at 165th Street and Carroll Place adjacent to the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Students from the Samuel Gompers Career and Technical High School assisted Lynch with implementation of the art deco inspired design.
DOT Art also partnered with THE POINT Community Development Corporation and artist Sharon De La Cruz to install Ruby Walks, a series of painted metal panels depicting Ruby Bridges, a female American activist known for being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. The panels are mounted to the bridge at Hunts Point Avenue between Bruckner Boulevard and Garrison Avenue in the Bronx.
DOT Art and the Old Stone House installed Unparallel Way by Brooklyn-based artist Emily Weiskopf as part of the exhibition "Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion." Located along the traffic medians at Fourth Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets in Brooklyn, the 120-foot long aluminum sculpture echoes the yellow traffic lines that are found on either side and humorously twists them into a 3-D sculpture.
DOT Art Opportunities
DOT Art commissions emerging and established artists to produce site-responsive art in collaboration with community-based organizations to be on display for up to 11 months. Twice a year in fall and spring, DOT announces a list of priority sites in conjunction with an open call and associated deadline. These priority sites are identified by DOT Borough Offices and Operating Units based upon community requests for beautification. Interested organizations and artists are required to submit a joint application and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to receive up to $5,000 toward direct project costs and in-kind engineering support. Partners are responsible for artwork maintenance during the display period and site remediation upon completion of that period. All applicants must select a priority site and provide a conceptual design for consideration.
Postmark deadline: June 2, 2014 Download Community Commissions request for proposals and application (pdf) Community Commissions projects on Flickr
Over the past few years, DOT Art has collaborated with New York Cares and a number of professional artists to produce 25 temporary murals on barrier sites around the City. Twice a year in fall and spring, individual artists are invited to submit proposals in response to an open call and associated deadline. DOT provides selected artists with a design honorarium in the amount of $2,000 and a materials fee of $500 to cover costs to produce stencils. DOT and NY Cares cover the cost of paint and associated materials. Volunteers from NY Cares and other local organizations assist selected artists with painting the designs on a single Saturday each season. DOT selects sites based upon community requests for beautification. Selected artists are assigned a site in one of the five boroughs. All applicants must submit a conceptual design and examples of past work for consideration.
Postmark deadline: Friday, September 5, 2014 Download the Barrier Beautification request for proposals and application (pdf) Barrier Beautification projects on Flickr
Site to Site
Throughout the year, DOT Art collaborates with local galleries and arts organizations to relocate sculptures from galleries, alternative art venues, and storage facilities to public plazas, medians and wide sidewalks in all five boroughs to be on display for up to 3 months. A comprehensive list of plaza sites is announced annually, but applicants are also encouraged to propose alternate sites within the five boroughs. Interested organizations and artists may submit a joint application. However, artists are also welcome to submit individual applications to collaborate directly with the local maintenance partner at the specified plaza sites. Proposals must be funded entirely by an outside sponsor. Partners are responsible for engineering review, artwork maintenance during the display period and site remediation upon completion of that period. All applicants must submit photographs of the proposed site and existing sculpture, as well as a site plan for consideration.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Download the Site to Site request for proposals (pdf)
DOT Art invites organizations and artists to request the necessary permits to commission an artwork for DOT property that is funded entirely by an outside sponsor. Typically, these projects are associated with an exhibition on view in a gallery or alternative art space or produced in conjunction with a local or citywide festival and are on display for up to 6 months. Applicants are required to select a DOT site within the five boroughs. Interested organizations and artists must submit a joint application. Partners are responsible for engineering review (if sculptural), artwork maintenance during the display period and site remediation upon completion of that period. All applicants must submit photographs of the proposed site and a conceptual design for consideration.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Download Arterventions application (pdf) Arterventions projects on Flickr
Asphalt Art Activation
In collaboration with New York Cares and the DOT Bike Share Program, DOT Art beautifies asphalt around Citi Bike stations with colorful designs. DOT provides selected artists with a design honorarium in the amount of $2,000 and a materials fee of $500 to cover costs to produce stencils. DOT and NY Cares covers the cost of paint and associated materials. Volunteers from NY Cares and local organizations assist the artist with painting the designs. DOT selects sites based upon community requests. The first project took place in August 2013 at the Franklin Street station between West Broadway and Varick Street in Manhattan.
Art Display Cases
Twenty art display cases host rotating exhibitions that move to plazas throughout the five boroughs. DOT Art partners with local institutions and artists to curate the cases. DOT prints the artwork on vinyl adhesives and installs the adhesives onto the exterior surface of the cases at no cost to the partner. DOT handles the installation and de-installation of the cases and restores the sites upon completion of the display period. The local organization is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the cases throughout the display period. The exhibit remains installed for a maximum of six months.
The full set of art display cases is currently available for relocation to new sites in sets of 4 to 5 starting in spring 2014. Organizations interested in hosting the cases should email DOT Art.
In collaboration with MTA Music Under New York, performers serenade ferry passengers within the St. George Ferry Terminal and Whitehall Ferry Terminal throughout the week. Performances range from violinists, bluesmen, folk singers and more.
For more information on scheduled performances, follow @NYC_DOT on Twitter.
DOT Art Advisory Committee for 2014
Adam Brent, Artist + Director of the BFA in Integrated Design, Parsons The New School for Design
Charlotte Cohen, Fine Arts Officer, U.S. General Services Administration
Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Curator, El Museo del Barrio
Sara Reisman, Director, Percent for Art Program, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Tamara Greenfield, Executive Director, Fourth Arts Block