CALL FOR EMERGING NYC ARTISTS- Art in the Parks: Highland Park Art Grant- New York, NY

  • Commissioning Entity

    NYC Parks

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  • Location of Commission

    New York, New York, United States

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  • Geographic Eligibilty

    Applicants in city of installation

  • Contact Name

    Art in the Parks

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Brief Description

    Deadline: December 18, 2022

    The Highland Park Art Grant will support the creation of one new, temporary artwork by a New York City-based emerging artist in Highland Park, Brooklyn. The resulting artwork will transform an area of the park into an art destination, with supporting events and programs. The grantee will receive an award of $25,000 to create their proposed artwork. The artwork will be installed in Summer 2023 and will be on view for up to one year. There will be a virtual information session on November 15.

    Application Requirements and Guidelines


    Priority will be given to proposals that respond directly to the park and its neighborhood. Artists are strongly encouraged to visit these designated areas in Highland Park before submitting a proposal. Proposals will be judged according to artistic and creative merit, response to the surrounding community, and suitability to the site.

    Installations will be presented in Highland Park in the possible following locations:

    • Triangle between baseball fields and amphitheater lawn in Lower Highland Park
    • Corner of Highland Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue in Lower Highland Park
    • West of the soccer field, near Warwick Street entrance in Lower Highland Park
    • Paved terrace with seating, east of parking lot in Upper Highland Park
    • Additional locations may be considered.


    This award is open to New York City-based emerging artists only—artists who have specialized training in their field (not necessarily gained in an academic institution), who are at an early stage in their career, and who have created a modest independent body of work. Proposals for previously exhibited sculptures will not be accepted.

    Please note: Artists who are enrolled in a school, college, or university are not eligible for the Art in the Parks: Highland Park Art Grant.

    • November 15, 2022: Virtual grant information session. Register
    • December 18, 2022: Proposal deadline
    • January 2023: Award recipients announced
    • Summer 2023: Artworks installed in parks
    Application Procedure

    Proposals must be submitted as a single PDF and include:

    • Resume with current contact information
    • One-page statement describing the artist’s work in general
    • Proposed sculpture
    • detailed description of no more than two written pages
    • representative renderings or images of proposed artwork
    • list of materials, dimensions, and weight
    • installation recommendations
    • maintenance recommendations
    • proposed budget
    • list of proposed supplemental programs or events
    • Names and contact information of two references who are familiar with the artist
    • 5-6 images of previous work; each image should be labeled and succinctly described

    All materials must be received by Sunday, December 18, 2022. Proposals should be emailed to NYC Parks Art & Antiquities at: [email protected] with “Highland Park Art Grant” in the subject line.

    Award Details

    The Award recipient will be announced in January 2023. The chosen recipient will be granted an award of $25,000. The artwork will be installed in Summer 2023 and will be on view for up to one year.

    The grant recipient will be selected through an open application process and will be chosen by a committee of art professionals, NYC Parks and Forest Park Trust representatives, and community members.

    Grant recipients will be responsible for the installation and removal of the artwork, and cover fabrication, labor, supervision, insurance, and maintenance of the artwork throughout the exhibition. At the end of the grant term, the artist is responsible for returning the park to its original condition. NYC Parks will assist the awarded artists with logistics such as permitting and site specifications. The artists will be responsible for engineering documents if necessary.

    Grantees are encouraged to procure in-kind donations or additional funding if exhibition costs exceed the grant amount. Artists should strongly consider supplemental programming to activate the artwork and park throughout the exhibition. Artists are encouraged to research partnership opportunities with community and cultural organizations.

    Program Background

    NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, NYC Parks has collaborated with artists and arts organizations to produce over one thousand public artworks in New York City parks. For more information about the program visit our Art in the Parks page.