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Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant 2018 Application

In its inaugural year, the Art in the Parks: Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park Grant supports the creation of site-specific artworks by Queens-based artists for two (2) designated locations within Flushing Meadows Corona Park that would benefit from more cultural programming. The grant will help transform these sites into art destinations through a series of rotating exhibitions, with supporting events and programs. Generously funded by the Alliance, each grantee will receive an award of $5,000 to create their proposed artwork.

Proposed artworks should address the theme Flushing Meadows Corona Park: A Park for the Future.

Location

This grant will help bring attention and visitors to areas outside of the “core” of the park (including the Unisphere perimeter). Artists are strongly encouraged to visit these areas of Flushing Meadows Corona Park before submitting a proposal.

Installations will be presented in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the possible following locations:

  • Meridian Road and Meadow Lake Road - West Entrance
  • Roosevelt Avenue Entrance
  • 111th Street at 49th Avenue Entrance
  • College Point Boulevard and 58th Road Entrance
  • Corona Avenue and Horace Harding Expressway Entrance
  • Lawns around Meadow Lake
Meridian Road and Meadow Lake Road

Meridian Road and Meadow Lake Road

Meridian Road and Meadow Lake Road
Roosevelt Avenue
111th Street at 49th Avenue
College Point Boulevard and 58th Road
Corona Avenue and Horace Harding Expressway

Timeline

  • December 16, 2018: Proposal deadline
  • February 2019: Award recipients announced
  • Summer 2019: Artworks installed in parks

Eligibility

This award is open to Queens-based artists only—artists who have specialized training in their field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), who are at an early or mid-stage in their career, and who have created a modest independent body of work. Proposals for previously exhibited sculptures will not be accepted.

Application Procedure

Proposals will be subject to NYC Parks review and follow NYC Parks public art guidelines. Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF and include:

  • Resume with current contact information
  • A one-page statement describing artist’s work in general
  • Proposed sculpture - detailed description of no more than two written pages
  • Representative renderings or images of proposed artwork
  • List of materials, dimensions, and weight
  • Installation recommendations
  • Maintenance recommendations
  • Proposed budget
  • Names and contact information of two references who are familiar with the artist
  • 5-6 images of previous work; each image should be labeled and succinctly described

All materials must be received by Sunday, December 16, 2018. Proposals should be emailed to NYC Parks Art & Antiquities at artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov with “Alliance for Flushing Meadows Grant” in the subject line.

Award Details

Chosen recipients will be granted an award of $5,000 each. Artworks will be installed in Summer 2019 and will be on view for up to one year. Grant recipients will be selected through an open application process and chosen by a committee of art professionals, as well as NYC Parks and community representatives. Proposals will be judged according to artistic and creative merit, response to the surrounding community, and suitability to the site. Priority will be given to proposals that respond directly to the park and its neighborhood.

Artworks cannot be attached to trees or lamp posts. Handball courts and historic structures will not be considered for murals.

Grant recipients will be responsible for the costs related to fabrication, installation, insurance, maintenance, and de-installation of the artwork. At the end of the exhibition term, the artist is responsible for returning the park to its original condition.

NYC Parks will assist the awarded artists with logistics such as permitting and site specifications. Artists will be responsible for engineering documents if necessary. Grantees are encouraged to procure in-kind donations or additional funding if exhibition costs exceed the grant amount. Artists are encouraged to research partnership opportunities with community and cultural organizations.

Program Background

NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, NYC Parks has collaborated with artists and arts organizations to produce over one thousand public artworks in New York City parks. For more information about the program visit the Art in the Parks page.

The mission of the Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park is to support NYC Parks to preserve, maintain, and improve Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the benefit and use of the surrounding communities and all New Yorkers. As stewards, we aspire to raise awareness and engage the community by caring for the natural environment, preserving our history, and providing exceptional amenities and programming. We are committed to making the park accessible for all to enjoy, now and for future generations. Partnering with NYC Parks and supporting local Queens artists is a natural extension of our mission. For more information about the Alliance, please visit the Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park's website

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