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50 Years of Art in the Parks

This year, NYC Parks is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Art in the Parks program. Since its creation in 1967, Art in the Parks has displayed more than 2,000 works of outdoor public art across New York City. We’re celebrating this historic program throughout the month of October. Join us!

On October 21, 2017, join us in Central Park as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Art in the Parks program with art exhibits, performances, and workshops! Learn more about the It's Happening! Fest

Take a look back at the highlights of 50 years of temporary art installations in NYC Parks. View 50 years of art

Meet the Artists

 

Featured Current Exhibits

This new grant brings ten new artworks by New York City-based emerging artists to ten NYC parks in need of cultural programming. Check out this year's exhibit

In commemoration of the World War I Centennial, we're honoring our heroes with a new exhibit highlighting 39 of our World War memorials. Learn more

Visit Us

Find out which current exhibits are on display near you, and browse our permanent monument collection. View our Public Art Map

Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary with public art openings and fun activities for the whole family. View our Art in the Parks events

Watch Us Live

We’re broadcasting live from some of the biggest art events in New York City! Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to see exclusive and behind-the-scenes looks at some of our most prominent openings. Here's the schedule: 

  • October 6 - Chihuly in Union Square
  • October 11 - Ai Weiwei comes to NYC
  • October 21 - It’s Happening in Central Park

Join the Movement

Want to have your artwork displayed in an NYC park? Read our guides to temporary art installations. Learn more

Find out how you can help support the care and preservation of permanent art collections in NYC's parks. Learn more

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