Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant Locations

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The Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant supports the creation of artworks by New York City-based emerging artists for 10 designated parks in need of cultural programming. 

Location Requirements and Guidelines

Artists are strongly encouraged to visit the parks before submitting a proposal and are encouraged to research partnership opportunities with community and cultural organizations. Artists should strongly consider supplemental programming to activate the artwork and park throughout the exhibition.

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.

Applicants must consider the site's terrain and submit proposals that will stand up to the park’s particular urban outdoor environment. This project must adhere to NYC Parks’ specifications for public art including safety requirements and the ability to withstand the effects of weather and public interaction.

Proposed installations should allow for pedestrian flow. Objects cannot be attached to trees. If the proposed artwork must be anchored to a paved surface, the budget should allow for the cost of patching concrete or replacing damaged pavers. 

Location Details

This year's installations will be presented in the following parks:

Bronx

Joyce Kilmer Park

Formerly known as Concourse Plaza until 1902, Joyce Kilmer Park is located near landmarks such as Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Bronx County Courthouse. This heavily-used park is also flanked by the Grand Concourse, a century old thoroughfare that is lined with historic, landmarked Art Deco buildings.

The park’s open lawns offer ideal locations for large-scale artwork, particularly the lawns on the southeastern side of the park that get the most vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Wider paved areas where inner park pathways intersect may be considered for installations. Additional public programs around an installation are important at this site. 

More information about Joyce Kilmer Park

Virginia Park

Virginia Park sits along the border of Parkchester and Soundview neighborhoods in the Bronx. This park is a busy transportation hub—the Cross Bronx Expressway passes below the park and a traffic roundabout and subway station are adjacent to the park. NYC Parks is primarily interested in murals for the blacktop plaza along White Plains Road.

This park is one of the eight Parks Without Borders Showcase Parks, and artists may consider the program's mission through their temporary installations.

More information about Virginia Park

Brooklyn

Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene Park was Brooklyn’s first park. Fort Greene is a designated New York City Historic District and is close to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and BRIC.

Potential sites for artwork can be found in the park’s central corridors and lawns, as the northern plazas are being re-designed.

This park is one of the eight Parks Without Borders Showcase Parks, and artists may consider the program's mission through their temporary installations. 

More information about Fort Greene Park

Herbert Von King Park

One of Brooklyn’s earliest parks, Herbert Von King Park was designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. Additions to Von King Park reflect its transformation into a keystone community park; however, the Cultural Arts Center and amphitheater were closed for renovations in 2015. In the meantime, NYC Parks and community organizations encourage afterschool and recreational programming along the park's edges.

Community participation and collaboration are particularly important to the park's visitors. The inclusion of public programs and events around an installation are particularly important at this site given the temporary absence of the Cultural Center and theater. Potential sites include the entrance plaza at Marcy Avenue and Greene Avenue and perimeter lawns.

More information about Von King Park

Manhattan

Thomas Jefferson Park

Thomas Jefferson Park is located in East Harlem, also known as El Barrio, and overlooks the East River. The neighborhood has a rich cultural history of food, dance, and music from immigrant communities who lived in the neighborhood over the past century. El Museo del Barrio and the Museum of the City of New York are blocks from the park. The park's landmarked pool is one of 11 WPA-era pols opened under Parks Commissioner Robert Moses. 

The park offers extensive recreational facilities to community members. Artists may consider chain link fences and lawns along the park’s central pathways for installations. The pool and building are landmarked structures and artworks should not be proposed for these facilities. 

More information about Thomas Jefferson Park

Seward Park

Seward Park was the first municipally-built playground in the United States. The neighborhood was historically known for its working class, immigrant population, and is now home to a growing number of galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. The park borders on Chinatown, and is steps from the Seward Park Library.

All proposals should focus on the park interior, since the plaza in front of the Seward park Library and perimeter sidewalks will undergo construction in 2018. 

This park is one of the eight Parks Without Borders Showcase Parks, and artists may consider the program's mission through their temporary installations.

More information about Seward Park

Queens

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The site of two World's Fairs, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the largest park in Queens and offers recreational facilities to the most diverse neighborhoods in the country. The Queens Museum, New York Hall of Science, and the Queens Zoo are among the park's highlights.

Artists are encouraged to focus their proposals around the core of the park—on lawns surrounding the Unisphere or the New York State Pavilion. The lawn immediately in front of the Queens Museum entrance cannot be considered, as it is used for museum programming. The community has rallied behind the need for clearer signage, circulation patterns, and entrances to make the park more inviting. 

The park is one of eight Parks Without Borders Showcase Parks, and artists may consider the program's mission through their temporary installations.

More information about Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Rufus King Park

Rufus King Park is located in the diverse neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens—a vibrant community that boasts a population from around the globe. The neighborhood is a nexus for international travel (located near JFK Airport, LIRR's Jamaica Station, and several subway stations). Cultural points of interest include King Manor Museum, the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, and the Jamaica commercial corridor, which borders the park.

The lawn along Jamaica Avenue in front of King Manor and perimeter fence will be undergoing construction in 2018. Proposals should focus on interior lawns and pathways through the park. This site is archeologically sensitive and invasive installation methods should be avoided.

More information about Rufus King Park

Staten Island

Faber Park

Faber Park is located on Staten Island’s North Shore and home to an active pool, skate park, playground, and a field house that provides year-round recreation. This waterfront park overlooks the Bayonne Bridge and the Kill Van Kull, a thoroughfare for massive container ships. Faber Park is an oasis along the industrialized strip on Richmond Terrace, and is located a short distance from Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.

Projects should focus on the lawns between the skate park and waterfront, as construction is planned in front of the field house in 2018.

This park is one of the eight Parks Without Borders Showcase Parks, and artists may consider the program's mission through their temporary installations.

More information about Faber Park

Tappen Park

The iconic Tappen Park was established as the second oldest public park on Staten Island and it is graced by a Romanesque comfort station and gazebo. With the recent developments of the New York Wheel and URBY, a new Stapleton waterfront community, the neighborhood has undergone an economic revitalization. Notably, the Stapleton Library, an original 1907 Carnegie Library that borders the park, re-opened in June 2013. 

Lawns throughout the park can be used. Artists should avoid the Village Hall building, the fountain plaza, and red brick roadway that runs between the Village Hall platform and park house.

More information about Tappen Park

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