Calling All Artists
Yonkers Downtown Mural and Art
Image a bare brick wall that is slowly crumbling. Imagine a vacant storefront with six large empty windows. All around those walls and those windows, Downtown Yonkers have been moving forward and developing into an urban, cultural hub. Now it is time to take those empty spaces and fill them with life, fill them with optimism, fill them with art.
This is a call to all the artists out there to contribute to the continued beautification efforts of historic Downtown Yonkers. Arts groups, city government, and private businesses have collaborated to make both funding for artists and spaces available. Art, creativity, and culture will help develop a strong foundation for a growing downtown community. The Yonkers Downtown area encourages art of all kinds and through this program we will be able to create beautiful, professional murals as well as original artwork for our storefront.
“I am extremely excited to for this program to being, which will bring more art and ingenuity to Downtown Yonkers. These first six projects will enliven our community, build pride, and create a foundation for a culturally vibrant downtown area. This is an extremely strong start to an art initiative that will continue for many years to come” says Daniel Lipka, Executive Director of the Yonkers Downtown BID.
Through this initial program, three locations have been chosen to be the long-term home of new outdoor murals. Three addition storefronts have been available to hang original artwork. Downtown Yonkers is a hub of commerce, public transportation, apartments, and development. Through public art, the area becomes more exciting, but this also offers a unique opportunity for artist to have their vision with a very large audience.
Interested artists can see more information about opportunities and submit their proposal through an online system. The website is www.cityofyonkers.com/play/open-call-for-urban-art. Time in running out, the deadline is 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 27.
Yonkers has a vibrant art community and through this program artists will showcase their creativity and talents throughout Downtown Yonkers. The Yonkers Downtown BID, the City of Yonkers, CETTA, the Blue Door Art Gallery, and hundreds of local artists are proud to bring something uniquely beautiful to this historic area of Yonkers.
|Contact Name||Daniel Lipka|