Art in the Parks

Through collaborations with a diverse group of arts organizations and artists, Parks bringsto the public both experimental and traditional art in many park locations. Please browse ourlist of current exhibits below, explore our archives of past exhibits or readmore about the Art in the Parks Program.

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Photoville

Various Artists, Photoville NYC 2020
September 17, 2020 to March 30, 2021
Various Locations

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
Now in its ninth year, Photoville NYC2020 expands the beloved festival, for the first time ever, to all five boroughs, offering increased access to art and storytelling as so many facets of society remain on pause, and as New York’s open public spaces provide vital, safe ways of being out in the world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. With Photoville’s focus on the power of visual storytelling, many exhibitions respond to and candidly capture realities both intimate and global from this historic, harrowing year.

In addition to the public displays, Photoville has also put together an abundant calendar of virtual events surrounding the festival, including artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, storytelling events, and community programming.

Locations: Exhibitions in parks can be found in Soundview Park and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Anchorage Plaza in Brooklyn; Chelsea Park, Jackie Robinson Park, and St. Nicholas Park in Manhattan; Astoria Park and Travers Park in Queens; and South Beach Promenade in Staten Island. For more more locations, please visit photoville.nyc.

This exhibition is presented by Photoville.

Photo credit: Zynab Cewalam, “Malikah: Building Power and Safety in Our Communities” in Astoria Park; Courtesy of Photoville

Various Artists, Photoville NYC 2021
September 18, 2021 to March 30, 2021
Various Locations

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Photoville NYC 2021 marks the 10th year of the annual festival and its second year bringing photography to all five boroughs in New York City. The festival celebrates and showcases photographers and organizations from New York and around the world and vitally broadens the possibilities of art experienced beyond museum and gallery spaces. At Photoville NYC 2021, the beauty and specificity of New York’s myriad outdoor settings become backdrops for arresting visions of multitudinous and diverging realities.

In addition to the public displays, Photoville has also put together a calendar of events surrounding the festival, including artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, storytelling events, and community programming.

Locations: Exhibitions in parks can be found in Barretto Point Park and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Anchorage Plaza in Brooklyn; Chelsea Park, East River Esplanade, First Park, Little Flower Playground, and St. Nicholas Park in Manhattan; Astoria Park and Travers Park in Queens; and Alice Austen House and South Beach Promenade in Staten Island. This exhibition is presented by Photoville.

Image caption: Benches installed in Prospect Park Parade Ground, Brooklyn (image courtesy of CEI Arts Education)

Center for Educational Innovation, CEI Arts Education BENCHMARKS: Youth Setting the Standard for Social Change
June 8, 2019 to September 6, 2019
Various Locations

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

In this current climate, BENCHMARKS provides NYC youth with a public platform to express themselves on current issues in a constructive, creative and powerful way to effect social change. This comprehensive, student arts residency program inspires young people to confront major social issues and become engaged citizens through creating large-scale, meaningful artworks on benches for public display citywide, to effect social change. The resulting 30 benches have been colorfully painted to share the students’ messages with parkgoers in all five boroughs. This program serves up to 750 New York City public school students in grades 5-9 in 30 schools in disadvantaged communities citywide.

Locations: The benches can be found in Mullaly Park in the Bronx, Prospect Park Parade Ground in Brooklyn, Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan, Hoyt Avenue Sitting Area in Queens, and North Shore Esplanade in Staten Island.

This exhibition is presented by the Center for Educational Innovation’s Arts Education Program.

Image credit: Wood panels by students from World Journalism Preparatory School, Queens, installed in Auburndale Park, Queens (image courtesy of LEAP)

LEAP, LEAP's Public Art Exhibition: Empowering Students Through Social Justice and Visual Arts
June 5, 2019 to August 26, 2019
Various Locations

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
LEAP’s Public Art Program uses a social justice framework to empower middle and high school students to have a voice in their communities and express themselves on social issues through the creation and public exhibition of art. This program instills social responsibility and civic engagement, imparts artistic skills, concepts and techniques, and fosters peer leadership, self-confidence and collaboration. As part of each residency, students have a unique opportunity to meet with world-renowned artists at their studios, as well as galleries, museums, exhibitions, and other sites. For this year’s public art exhibition, students from seven New York City public middle schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island have adorned wood panels and small sculptural seating elements with colorful painted murals that touch upon critical social issues in their community and across the globe.

The tables can be found in Joyce Kilmer Park and Tremont Park in the Bronx, Coffey Park and South Oxford Park in Brooklyn, Auburndale Park and Evergreen Park in Queens, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island.

This exhibition is presented by LEAP.

Courtesy of NYC Parks

Various Artists, Sing for Hope Pianos
June 4, 2019 to June 23, 2019
Various Locations

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
?The Sing for Hope Pianos places artist-designed pianos throughout NYC’s parks and public spaces for anyone and everyone to play. Each summer, the pianos bring individuals and communities together in an open festival of art for all. After their time on the streets, Sing for Hope transports the instruments to NYC public schools, where they become hubs for Sing for Hope’s ongoing creative programs and enrich students’ lives for years to come. This June, Sing for Hope will place its 500th unique piano artwork in the five boroughs, making NYC host to more street pianos than any other city in the world. As New York City’s largest recurring public art project, the Sing for Hope Pianos impacts an estimated 2 million people each year. 

For more information and a list of locations visit Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos website

This exhibition is present by Sing for Hope.

Image Credit: Justin Brice Guariglia, Climate Signals, courtesy of the artist

Justin Brice Guariglia, Climate Signals
September 1, 2018 to November 6, 2018

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Prominent, unexpected messages about climate change dot the New York City landscape, sparking curiosity and raising awareness. The exhibition consists of ten large, solar-powered highway signs with phrases that draw passers-by into the climate conversation. The signs will appear in parks across the city in a range of neighborhoods, including some of those most vulnerable to climate change, and will flash translations into several of the many languages of NYC.

This fall programming is made possible by a range of intense collaborations that appropriately represent the partnership and joint action needed to tackle climate change. Fifteen citywide partners will co-host a broad range of programming related to the exhibition and to moving forward together on the climate challenge. NYC Parks locations include Hunts Point Riverside Park and St. Mary’s Park, Bronx; Sunset Park, Brooklyn; St. Nicholas Park, Manhattan; Flushing Meadows Corona Park (starting Sept 10) and Rockaway Beach at Beach 94th Street, Queens. Visit climate-signals.org for the full list of locations.

This exhibition is presented by the Climate Museum.

courtesy of NYC Parks

Various Artists, Sing for Hope Pianos
June 4, 2018 to June 24, 2018
Various Locations

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:
?In one of New York City’s most vibrant public art installations, 51 unique artist-designed pianos are placed in parks and public spaces throughout the city’s five boroughs, including 32 in NYC Parks, for anyone and everyone to play. For three weeks this June, the pianos will bring individuals and communities together in an open festival of art for all. After their time on the streets, Sing for Hope will transport the instruments to permanent homes in NYC public schools, where they will become hubs for Sing for Hope’s ongoing creative programs and enrich students’ lives for years to come. As New York City’s largest recurring public art project, the Sing for Hope Pianos impacts an estimated 2 million people each year. For more information and a list of locations visit Sing for Hope’s Pop-Up Pianos website.

This exhibition is present by Sing for Hope.

Image courtesy of Bronx River Alliance

Stephanie Vidal & Fernando Leon, Feeding Your Soul and Finding Your Zen
October 17, 2021 to October 16, 2022
Concrete Plant Park, Bronx
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Description:

This mural is inspired by Concrete Plant Park and the wealth of activities and opportunities it gives the community to connect with nature. The imagery walks you through the park trail, navigating through the food forest, neighboring plants, and the Bronx River.

This exhibition is presented by the Bronx River Alliance and Bronx Health REACH.

Please note: Concrete Plant Park will be closed from November 1, 2021 through March 1, 2022 due to nearby construction. The mural will not be viewable during this time. For more information about this closure, please visit our Concrete Plant Park page

Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Anina Gerchick, BIRDLINK
May 22, 2021 to May 21, 2022
Crotona Park, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

BIRDLINK is an interactive habitat sculpture whose mission is to support migratory birds by inserting native plant systems throughout the urban and suburban corridors through which they travel. BIRDLINK attracts the wild birds that reside or migrate through the city with native plants at the empty lower and middle canopy levels. It responds to community interests, highlights the shared the urban ecosystem, bridges cultural differences through the universality of birds, and serves as an educational tool.

Image credit: Photo courtesy of worthless studios

KaN Landscape Design and Caroline Mardok, In honor of Black Lives Matter
May 15, 2021 to April 18, 2022
Poe Park, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

This interactive installation of multiple cut out figures made of plywood are applied with collage and photographs from Mardok’s @ny.strong photography project. As people walk through the portals they’re transported into the energy of the protests of 2020: the unified experience of citizens across ethnicities and genders fighting for freedom and justice for Black lives. The team has also collaborated with the Bronx River Art Center on a program focused on public art and activism, offered to a team of young adults who are creating their own sculptures and photographs. Their work will be shown in a group exhibition responding to the Black lives Matter movement, in conjunction with the installation of KaN+Mardok’s sculptures at Poe Park in the Bronx.

The Plywood Protection Project is an initiative to collect the plywood used by NYC businesses to board up their windows during the protests of 2020 and redistribute it to artists, extending and repurposing the life of this material. Arts not-for-profit worthless studios collected over 200 boards of plywood and initiated an open call for artists, eventually selecting five local makers to participate in a unifying public art project across all five boroughs of New York. This piece is one of the five created by the project, each installed in a different borough of New York City.

This exhibition is presented by worthless studios.

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