2018-06-20 / Front Page

Studio In The Park Receives NEA Our Town Grant

“HamacaS” by Liene BosquePhoto Courtesy of the Artist“HamacaS” by Liene BosquePhoto Courtesy of the ArtistNYC Parks, in partnership with ArtBuilt and the Queens Museum, is pleased to announce artists chosen for the collaborative project Studio in the Park, which received the Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) last summer. Studio in the Park is a six-week residency program that provides an artist or artist collective use of ArtBuilt's 150-square-foot mobile studio space in a public park for a community-engaged art project. Operating out of Flushing Meadows Corona Park since its inception in 2015, Studio in the Park will now be able to expand to all five boroughs of New York City in 2018 and 2019 with the help of this prestigious grant.

“Public art is more than just a way to beautify our local parks. It is a catalyst for positive change and community engagement,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “We are so proud of our partner project Studio in the Park for receiving the NEA Our Town Grant, and we know the chosen artists will bring exciting installations to these neighborhood parks. With the expansion into all five boroughs this year and in 2019, more New Yorkers than ever will be able to experience the magic of interactive public art.”

With support from The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco), DreamYard, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), Seward Park Conservancy, The Bronx Defenders, Hamilton-Madison House, and Immigrant Social Services (ISSNYC), the artists selected for the 2018 summer and fall seasons will alternate occupying the mobile studio for a series of exciting and innovative new projects that tackle themes of immigration, neighborhood change, and cultural heritage. 2018 will see Studio in the Park in Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens, and in 2019, Brooklyn and Staten Island. While the projects for 2019 will be announced next year, this year’s Queens resident artist and specific park site is Liene Bosque, “HamacaS,” October 1 – November 15, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

“HamacaS” reflects the complex relationship of immigrants rebuilding a life in a new country without leaving their own culture behind. Liene Bosque’s piece views hammocks as a central element symbolic of Latin American culture, and a starting point to discuss recent immigrant issues, cultural diversity and neighborhood change. “HamacaS” will be an interactive installation of looms and hand-woven hammocks that aims to capture the physical and emotional displacement experienced by immigrants in the United States. It will consist of free English and Spanish language workshops in which participants engage in a collective hammock weaving installation. The hammock installation will act as a safe and healing space for the participants by reconnecting them with process of making something by hand and offering a space to lay down. The goal of “HamacaS” is to foment the discussion on issues of immigration and resilience and its relation to art. Project partners include the Queens Museum.

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative place-making grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities.

For over 50 years, NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program has brought contemporary public artworks to the city’s parks, making New York City one of the world’s largest open-air galleries. The agency has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, NYC Parks has collaborated with arts organizations and artists to produce over 2,000 public artworks by 1,300 notable and emerging artists in over 200 parks.


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