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 CALL FOR ARTISTS:

Want to paint? Looking for a wall? Uptown Grand Central is reaching out to New York City-based artists to transform 1,500 feet of green construction fencing into a vibrant gateway to Harlem.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Uptown Grand Central is leading the call to transform three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community. At the same time, the project will bring Uptown artists together to create freely and legally in the public space.

ELIGIBILITY:

Any artist based in New York City, with preference given to artists with connections to Harlem, Upper Manhattan & the Bronx.

LOCATION:

The artwork will extend along three blocks surrounding the Harlem Metro-North Station located at 125th Street & Park Avenue. The walls for painting include:

·       125th Street b/t Madison & Park avenues

·       124th Street b/t Madison & Park avenues

·       Park Avenue b/t 125th & 124th streets

·       125th Street b/t Park & Lexington avenues.

The full length of the fencing is 1,500 linear feet (12,000 square feet). Invited artists will be allotted 32-96 square feet to paint.

DATES:

Invited artists will be asked their availability to install on specific dates, with the goal of gathering multiple artists together to install as a community of artists on the same day/time period. Dates for installation include: Saturday, September 7; Saturday, September 14; and Sunday, September 22. The final date (September 22) coincides with Uptown Grand Central’s third annual street festival, Party On Park.

We may add an additional painting day in August, based on artist need.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all wall space is allocated. Click here to get started!

WITH THANKS TO

Artists will receive $250 as thanks for their participation. Support for this project is provided by sponsors including the Harlem Community Development Corporation, the Durst Organization, Potamkin Development, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, NYC & Co. & Blick Art Materials.

ABOUT UPTOWN GRAND CENTRAL:

Uptown Grand Central is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming East 125th Street into a thriving corridor by delivering programs that put advocacy into action through collaborations with businesses, residents and neighborhood organizations across East Harlem. Since 2013, we have brightened hopes for the community via programs that include organizing our small businesses; hiring formerly homeless individuals to clean our streets; beautifying the commercial corridor with seasonal plantings and holiday lights; sponsoring street festivals and promotions including Solstice Soul Train and Party On Park; and adopting the space underneath the Metro-North tracks at 125th & Park as a community plaza that features live music, exercise classes, and a year-round farmers market.

 

The first section is up! Thanks to artist Gera Lozano and crew for kicking us off with 164 feet of Uptown Sunshine Fabric on the southwest corner of 125th Street & Park Avenue. Click the photo for process pics from GothamToGo from the day of installation.

The first section is up! Thanks to artist Gera Lozano and crew for kicking us off with 164 feet of Uptown Sunshine Fabric on the southwest corner of 125th Street & Park Avenue. Click the photo for process pics from GothamToGo from the day of installation.