It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks

Presented by:
TD Bank

Saturday, October 21, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Central Park, Manhattan
East Pinetum, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Free Event

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 featured over 2,000 works of art.

On Saturday, October 21, NYC Parks is transforming Central Park into a stage, museum, and art studio for a free day of public art to celebrate this milestone. Art lovers, families, and park-goers will be delighted by free art exhibits, performances, and hands-on art workshops in Central Park’s beautiful East Pinetum field.

More than 100 artworks, workshops, and performances will take place throughout the day. Some activities include: 

  • Bronx Museum: Button-making based on Bronx public artworks
  • Materials for the Arts: Reuse Sculpture Station
  • Blythe Cain: Painting public artworks with natural pigments
  • Kim Holleman: Trailer Park-let
  • Sing for Hope: the city’s favorite pianos
  • Amanda Long and Historic House Trust: Paper marbling workshop Change to Amanda Long and Historic House Trust: Paper marbling wishes
  • Groundswell: Sketchbook Making
  • United Photo Industries: Create a zine
  • Urban Field Station: Write with a tree alphabet
  • LMCC/Dances for a Variable Population: Dance workshop for all
  • Art Built: What it means to be a global citizen
  • City Arts, Inc: Pieces for Peace
  • Dream Yard: Mosaic workshop with recyclable material
  • Juanli Carrion: Spice portraits
  • Art Students League: Origami and collage workshop
  • Public Art Fund: Art-making workshop based on works of Ai Weiwei
  • Limon Dance Company/ Bryant Park Corp: Modern dance workshop
  • Daniele Frazier: Life-drawing class of a model in a polar bear costume
  • Poetry Society of NY: One-on-One Poetry Experiences
  • Art Production Fund: Art Sundae! Create a public art project with Elise Peterson
  • Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance: Wind Chimes Made from Recyclables with Evelyn Suero
  • Katya Grokhovsky: Slow Dance with Me
  • Taiwanese American Arts Council: Taiwan Tribal Spirits Updated
  • Broadway Mall Association: Collaborative Clay Mural Making with Joy Brown
  • The Moving Company performance with Tina Wang, Scynge Xing, Tamar Ettun

As NYC Parks’ public art program took shape in the 1960s, artistic events called “happenings” popped up in parks across the city. Blurring the line between art and everyday life, these fleeting performances combined sculpture, music, theater, dance, and poetry. They varied in size and sophistication, but always relied on audience participation.

NYC Parks’ 50th anniversary celebration ”It’s Happening!“ captures the same creative spirit with dynamic public artworks, hands-on workshops, and performances.



TD Bank

Winsor and Newton



Boxed Water

Paul Kasmin Gallery

Roaming Hunger


Interested in becoming a sponsor of It's Happening? In addition to being featured in a public event in Central Park, your brand will gain exposure through a comprehensive marketing plan that includes, but is not limited to:

  • Printed flyers and posters distributed to various schools, businesses, and organizations
  • Parks website (500,000 unique visitors/month)
  • E-blasts to Parks’ lists
  • Aggressive public relations campaign to over 200 media outlets

To become involved in It's Happening, please contact Emily Maier at

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