City Canvas / Partnership with NYC

City Canvas provides a permitting structure for ArtBridge’s exhibitions on construction fencing in NYC.  It is a joint initiative of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department of Buildings, and the Office of the Mayor. For inquiries: or (646) 450-1463


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.

Since then, we have installed over 100, 000 feet of art (and counting) on construction fencing throughout the city.