City Canvas / Partnership with NYC

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), in collaboration with the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) 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. We will work with local communities to transform protective construction structures into spaces for temporary art installations. Partner with Us.

City Canvas
Pilot

All actively permitted sidewalk sheds in New York City. View Live Map

Program Goals

There are more than 300 miles of construction fences and sidewalk sheds that dot New York City neighborhoods. While these temporary protective structures are part of the urban landscape, in most instances they are unappealing and represent the inconvenience of construction projects.

The goals of the pilot are to:
1. 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

2. Increase opportunities for cultural organizations and artists to present artworks that are relevant to the communities surrounding the installation sites.

Transforming New York City

City Canvas launched in October, 2019 with #7on16th, an exhibition of 7 female and non-binary NYC street artists. This inaugural exhibition was installed on the northern facade of Google’s Chelsea location.

Media/Press

IT MAKES YOU WANT TO LOOK UP, The Guardian, October 2019
“It makes people look up”: the street artists taking over …
Active Art: Queens P.S. 13
Active Design in Schools projects included interactive indoor and outdoor …

Exhibitions coming late 2020