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: Image courtesy of Photoville

Various Artists, Photoville NYC 2022
June 4, 2022 to September 20, 2022
Various Locations

Description:

Photoville NYC 2022 marks the 11th year of the annual festival and its third 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 2022, the beauty and specificity of New York’s myriad outdoor settings become backdrops for arresting visions of multitudinous and diverging realities.

Locations: Exhibitions in parks can be found in Barretto Point Park and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx; Anchorage Plaza and Prospect Park in Brooklyn; Bella Abzug Park, Coleman Skate Park Park, 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.

Courtesy of NYC Parks

Center for Educational Innovation, CEI Arts Education BENCHMARKS: Youth Setting the Standard for Social Change
June 3, 2022 to September 15, 2022
Various Locations

Description:

BENCHMARKS is a comprehensive student arts residency program that inspires young people to tackle major social issues and become engaged citizens. Students create large-scale, meaningful artwork on benches for public display, to effect social change. Issues such as racism, gender inequality, drug abuse, homelessness, and religious intolerance are addressed through research and facilitated discussion. The project culminates in a visit to a guest artist’s studio and in the creation and public display of issue-based works of art on benches in parks citywide. This program serves up to 1,250 New York City public school students in grades 5-9 in 35 schools in disadvantaged communities citywide.

The benches can be found in Rev. T. Wendell Foster Park in the Bronx, Prospect Park Parade Ground in Brooklyn, Thomas Jefferson Park in Manhattan, and Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. 

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

Bronx

Photo credit: Courtesy of Nike

D'ana Nunez, Belonging
June 11, 2022 to June 10, 2023
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
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Description:

In honor of the Boricua community, “Belonging” is a visual ode to the majestic and resilient community. Its convergent waves serve as a metaphor for the universal pride that all Puerto Ricans carry within and the soulful commitment to their advancement-whether on the island or in New York City. Standing together forever, united as one, familia.

This artwork is exhibited as part of NYC Parks’ Creative Courts initiative, which works with partner organizations to transform dated sports courts and asphalt plazas into vibrant and welcoming places with original murals that re-engage communities with their local parks.

This exhibition is presented by Nike.

Photo credit: Photo by Mo Steve, Courtesy of Project Backboard

Hoops in the Sun and Project Backboard, Sunrise at Everest
May 25, 2022 to May 24, 2023
Orchard Beach
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
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Description:

The ultimate challenge is climbing the highest mountain, testing yourself to reach your greatest accomplishment. Once you conquer it, you achieve all the glory.

This exhibition is presented by Hoops in the Sun and Project Backboard.

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.

Image credit: Courtesy of Community Heroes

Community Heroes and Friends of Aqueduct Walk, Coming Full Circle, Visions and Practices of Resilience
December 4, 2021 to March 4, 2022
Aqueduct Walk, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

This project is about connecting the history of the Aqueduct Walk, tying its role in public health during the cholera epidemic to the community's resilience through COVID-19 today. Community members' family photos and memories in and around Aqueduct Walk were collected through email and in-person scanning events. These photos are displayed alongside historical photos of the area, collected in partnership with the Bronx Community College, and oral history interviews with longtime community members.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Martinez

NYC Salt with NeOn Arts, Beautify South Bronx
January 3, 2022 to March 3, 2022
Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Description:

Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the City Cleanup Corps (CCC), a New Deal-inspired economic recovery program to directly create 10,000 jobs and make New York City the cleanest, greenest city in the United States. Beautify NYC is an initiative of the CCC that has partnered with NeOn Arts to offer young people on probation employment and skills training through the arts. This project empowers local stakeholder groups like NYC Salt to choose art projects for their communities—projects that engage young people and neighbors in strengths-based activities supporting educational outcomes and connecting to employment opportunities.

This exhibition includes examples of student work. All photos will be taken in the South Bronx and will celebrate the people and culture of the neighborhood.

Brooklyn

Image credit: Courtesy of NYC Parks

Fred Wilson, Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds
June 28, 2022 to June 27, 2023
Columbus Park, Brooklyn
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Description:

The use of ornamental gates and fences serves as a metaphor for security and gated communities, insecurity, the incarceration of Black men, the detainment of illegal immigrants, policing, and William Blake’s concept of “Mind Forg’d Manacles” — self-created barriers to personal and societal growth and freedom, built by fear, division and perceptions of difference. These gates, whether they are to keep others out or keep someone in, act as reflections on the separation of people, both physically and psychologically. Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds, while not strictly site-specific, creates, connects and amplifies a conversation about the sculpture and the monuments and buildings around it that currently reside in Columbus Park. The viewer is encouraged to be “site conscious” when looking at the work and its location, exploring issues of justice, freedom, slavery and mass incarceration.

This exhibition is presented by More Art and is made possible by a grant from the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, led by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Dumbo Improvement District as part of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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