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“City Canvas” for Construction Fences and Sidewalk Sheds

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), in collaboration with the New York City Department of Buildings and the Office of the Mayor, has announced City Canvas, a 24-month pilot designed to allow the installation of temporary visual art on eligible sidewalk sheds and construction fences (not currently permitted) with the goals to improve the pedestrian experience for NYC residents and visitors across the five boroughs by transforming temporary protective structures into sites for the display of art; and to increase opportunities for cultural organizations and artists to present artworks that are relevant to the communities surrounding the installation sites.

Two cultural organizations selected for the City Canvas pilot. ArtBridge and Studio Museum in Harlem will each work with local communities to transform protective construction structures into spaces for temporary art installations. First installations are anticipated in Spring 2019.

Photo Source: Maritina Tatsi


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