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Opportunities for Visual Artists through DOT Art Program

Barrier Beautification and Asphalt Art Activations through New York City Department of Transportation – DOT Art Program – February Deadlines for applications

DOT Art partners with community-based, nonprofit organizations and professional artists to present temporary public artwork on DOT property throughout the five boroughs for up to 11 months. Artists transform streets with colorful murals, dynamic projections and eye-catching sculptures. Sidewalks, fences, triangles, medians, bridges, jersey barriers, step streets, public plazas and pedestrianized spaces serve as canvases and foundations for temporary art. Over the past 11 years, DOT Art has produced over 300 temporary artworks citywide.

Barrier Beautification Program: DOT Art invites artists and designers to propose mural designs for the Barrier Beautification program. In 2020, as part of DOT’s Green Wave Plan to improve safety for cyclists citywide, NYCDOT will increase implementation of protected bicycle lanes by 20 miles. With a total of 30 miles projected for execution in 2020, DOT Art seeks to highlight the new safety initiative with the installation of painted designs onto jersey barriers enclosing protected bike lanes. Up to five protected bike lanes will be selected as priority locations for Barrier Beautification in spring 2020. A $3,000 design fee will be awarded to selected proposals. Apply by Friday, February 14, 2020.

Asphalt Art Activations Information: As part of DOT’s efforts to make our streets more pedestrian friendly, the agency continues to reclaim underutilized street space for pedestrian use whether it be a curb extension to create larger waiting areas at corners with a more direct crosswalk; a slip lane closure to encourage pedestrian circulation along the curb line adjacent to a heavily trafficked sidewalk; or an entire street transformation from that of a thoroughfare for cars into an active public space for pedestrians to stop and linger.

To highlight these infrastructure changes, DOT Art is partnering with internal teams to commission temporary art treatments that will be painted onto repurposed asphalt street spaces transforming them from ordinary asphalt spaces into canvases for art. DOT Art will provide selected artists with up to twenty thousand dollars ($20,000) towards direct project costs associated with designing, installing, maintaining and removing the Artwork. Apply by Friday, February 21, 2020.


Barrier Beautification Request for Proposals: February 14, 2020 (deadline) – Read more about Barrier Beautifications here: DOT Art: Temporary Art Overview

Download Barrier Beautification RFP and Application (PDF)

Asphalt Art Activations Request for Qualifications: February 21, 2020 (deadline) – Read more about Asphalt Art Activations here: DOT Art: Temporary Art Overview

Download Asphalt Art Activations RFQ and Application (PDF)

All inquiries regarding Asphalt Art Activations should be sent to: arts@dot.nyc.gov

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