Rendering by Design Trust Fellows Fellows Rebecca Hill and Emmanuel Oni

A Community Design Team at Lillian Wald Houses, working with the Design Trust for Public Space, is redesigning a fenced-in area on Avenue D between 3rd and 4th Streets, to transform it into an open, public space for residents and the community.

We have a working design and are now looking for an artist (emerging, self-taught, professional, any educational level), who lives or works in the neighborhood to offer ideas for incorporating colorful, durable, or educational art, reflective of Wald culture and history.

Scope of Work

The chosen artist should have participated in community engagement projects, done public art, or have other relevant experience.

The artist will be expected to offer specific concepts for proposed art elements, to work with the rest of the Fellows team and the Community Design Team to develop a plan for integrating the art into the overall design, and to be able to prepare presentation images of the ideas, and attend two Community Design Team meetings held on Thursdays (dates to be confirmed).

The artist will become a Fellow of the Design Trust for Public Space on the Opening the Edge project in partnership with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and receive a stipend of $5,000 for the development of the concept and participation in the process. Please note that this opportunity does not provide a grant or commission. Fundraising for construction of the entire design, including the art is ongoing.

Selection Criteria

  • Availability to work on the project during the next six months
  • Interest in the Opening the Edge concept and community engagement process
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the current design
  • Demonstrated ability to create art that fulfills the Community Design Team’s goals for: colorful, durable, or educational art, reflective of Wald culture and history
  • Willingness to integrate their work into the design (not stand-alone work)
  • Experience executing collaborative artwork or other projects
  • Past work of a scale and scope similar to this project

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents by email to Marquise Williams at openingtheedge@designtrust.org by October 5, 2018:
  • Short letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Two professional references (phone and email)
  • 5 - 10 images (or a short video, max. 3 minutes) or other evidence of your relevant work

Do not submit a proposal at this time.

Short-listed artists will be notified by October 12, 2018 and will be interviewed. The selected artist will be notified by October 31, 2018.

Anyone may apply, but preference will be given to residents of Wald Houses and those who live or work on the Lower East Side.

Questions? Contact Marquise Williams at 212-695-2432 x7 or openingtheedge@designtrust.org.

Opening the Edge

Many public housing residents in New York City do not have access to green space outside their doorsteps. Fenced and unusable grass spaces surround many developments limiting opportunities for social interaction and recreational activities. Opening the Edge, proposed by public artist Jane Greengold and in partnership with the city's housing authority NYCHA, aims to create a public space prototype on one such grassy area at the Lillian Wald Houses on the Lower East Side.

The community team designed an accessible and welcoming public space for the currently inaccessible green lot located between 3rd and 4th Streets on Avenue D. This would be a paved area with benches, a stage, a multi-purpose stepped mound, new lighting, and a new tree. See the design.

Design Trust for Public Space

The Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of public space in New York City. Our projects bring together city agencies, community groups and private sector experts to make a lasting impact—through design—on how New Yorkers live, work and play. Our work can be seen, felt and experienced throughout all five boroughs—from parks and plazas to streets and public buildings. The Design Trust saved the High Line structure, developed the Community Design School for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and created the city’s first comprehensive sustainability guidelines that became the precursor to Local Law 86 and PlaNYC, now OneNYC.
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