Queens, NY (June 15, 2017) — The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) has approved the Queens Museum, in partnership with ArtBuilt and NYC Parks, for an Our Town grant of $150,000. Eighty-nine awards will be granted by the NEA that total $6.89 million, which will support art projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. The Queens Museum is the only museum in New York City to receive the Our Town grant, which will be applied towards supporting the project: ArtBuilt Mobile Studio in the Park: Arts and Culture Residencies in New York City Parks.

ArtBuilt Mobile Studio in the Park will deliver dynamic arts and culture programming to NYC parks in underserved communities in each of NYC’s five boroughs: Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Queens); Seward Park (Manhattan); Brower Park (Brooklyn); Faber Park (Staten Island); and Railroad Park (Bronx). The project will begin on August 1, 2017 and conclude on July 31, 2019. Using mobile art studios, which are small workspaces that let artists work in new ways and in unexpected public places, ArtBuilt Mobile Studio in the Park is designed to help NYC Parks deliver community-engaged arts and culture programming to NYC neighborhoods where existing infrastructure can’t meet community needs.

“We are very honored to have been approved for this generous award, and are incredibly grateful for the NEA’s unwavering support of the arts community.” said Laura Raicovich, Executive Director of the Queens Museum. “One of our most important goals is to increase accessibility to the arts and ArtBuilt Mobile Studio in the Park is a perfect vehicle to do that.”

“Artbuilt is tremendously energized by the NEA’s announcement of this award. We’ve always believed deeply in the effectiveness of using our mobile studios to transform NYC’s public spaces into venues for public arts engagement, and we’ve been thrilled at the power of combining this simple idea with exceptional partners like Queens Museum and NYC Parks” said ArtBuilt Co-Executive Directors Esther Robinson and Guy Buckles,  “In an era of often-constrained public resources, it is a unique privilege to be given this opportunity to expand great arts programming to the NYC neighborhoods that want and need it most”

Our Town is the NEA’s signature creative placemaking program that supports partnerships of artists, arts organizations, and municipal government that work to revitalize neighborhoods. This practice places the arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies to address a community’s challenges. “The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as the Queens Museum, to cultivate vitality in their communities through the arts.”

“This innovative new partnership bringing mobile artist studios to community parks is a fantastic way to expand access to quality arts programming for every New Yorker,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. “By placing working, professional artists in parks in all five boroughs, ArtBuilt and Queens Museum will build on the role these spaces play as our public commons and community hubs. We have initiated a range of new collaborations with our partner City agencies, and we are excited to expand on our work with the Parks Department to bring cultural activities to open spaces throughout New York City. We also thank the NEA for its ongoing support of programming that benefits communities across the country that need it most.”

“Public art should be accessible to all, and thanks to the NEA for our first ever Arts Our Town Grant, NYC Parks will be able to amplify our long standing partnership with the Queens Museum and ArtBuilt,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “When we have the resources needed to continue offering high quality arts and cultural programming in our parks and public spaces, we can change lives and create more vibrant communities. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we put our support behind the arts, and Parks is proud to be able to do so through our Art in the Parks program, now in its 50th year.”

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Media Contacts

Queens Museum

Vyoma Venkataraman, Media Relations Associate


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Esther Robinson, Co-Executive Director



New York City Department of Cultural Affairs



NYC Parks

Maeri Ferguson



About the Queens Museum

The Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park features contemporary art, events of hyperlocal and international impact, and educational programs reflecting the diversity of Queens and New York City. Changing exhibitions present the work of emerging and established artists, both local and global, that often explore contemporary social issues, as well as the rich history of its site. In November 2013, the Museum reopened with an expanded footprint of 105,000 square feet, a soaring skylit atrium, a suite of daylight galleries, nine artist studios, and flexible event space. The Museum works outside its walls through engagement initiatives ranging from multilingual outreach and educational opportunities for adult immigrants, to a plethora of community led art and activism projects. The Museum’s educational programming connects with schoolchildren, teens, families, seniors as well as those individuals with physical and mental disabilities. The Queens Museum is located on property owned in full by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Visit www.queensmuseum.org. Follow us at @queensmuseum. 

About ArtBuilt

ArtBuilt is a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that supports the creative sector in NYC and nationally through three programming initiatives: ArtBuilt Brooklyn provides long-term, affordable workspace for artists and arts-based businesses; ArtHome provides asset-building strategies and financial literacy training for individual artists and creative business-people; and ArtBuilt Mobile Studios deliver needed programs and services to underserved communities by providing innovative mobile workspaces to artists, social-service providers and micro-businesses. Current ArtBuilt Mobile Studios programming includes community-engaged on-site artist residencies and public events in city parks and street plazas across NYC and beyond.

About the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City’s vibrant cultural life.  DCLA works to promote and advocate for quality arts programming and to articulate the contribution made by the cultural community to the City’s vitality. The Department represents and serves nonprofit cultural organizations involved in the visual, literary, and performing arts; public-oriented science and humanities institutions including zoos, botanical gardens, and historic and preservation societies; and creative artists at all skill levels who live and work within the City’s five boroughs. DCLA also provides donated materials for arts programs offered by the public schools and cultural and social service groups, and commissions permanent works of public art at City-funded construction projects throughout the five boroughs.

About the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks)

In 2017 NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program celebrates 50 years of bringing 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. For more information about the program visit www.nyc.gov/parks/art.

About the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit www.arts.gov.