New York City Artist Corps

City Artist Corps Showcases - October 2021

This October marks the culmination of City Artist Corps, with Corps members putting on hundreds of public workshops, exhibitions, performances, and other engagements across the city.

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Announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Gonzalo Casals in May 2021, the New York City Artist Corps represents an historic investment in artists by the City of New York. The $25 million program will support artists who live and work in NYC, while giving New Yorkers opportunities to experience cultural programming across the city starting this summer. As New York emerges from the pandemic, art and culture are an essential component of the city’s recovery. City Artist Corps will make sure working artists are supported in their own right, and are empowered to participate fully in the overall recovery of the City.

On June 7, 2021, the Department of Cultural Affairs announced new details of how City Artist Corps would support artists in their work. Through a number of program partners, City Artist Corps will provide thousands of grants to support artist projects in all disciplines across all five boroughs of New York City:

  • City Artist Corps Grants will support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. With New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) as lead partner working with more than a dozen re-grant and art services organizations, the program will distributed one-time $5,000 grants to more than 3,000 artists to help them sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City's five boroughs this summer and fall, beginning in July. Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply. Applications for the first cycle of funding open Tuesday, June 8; applications for additional cycles will come online later this summer. For more information, visit NYFA’s website.
  • City Canvas: through City Artist Corps, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the nonprofit ArtBridge will commission 60 artists to install temporary public murals and other artwork on sidewalk sheds and construction fencing throughout the city’s public housing system. ArtBridge will build on their program Bridging the Divide, which consists of artist fellowships at NYCHA developments throughout the city in which artists design temporary public artworks that reflect the lives, histories, and aspirations of NYCHA residents. Artworks will be affixed to construction fencings/sheds that are currently up at each of the locations, as made possible through DCLA’s City Canvas pilot initiative. Learn more about Bridging the Divide.
  • NeON Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, offers young people in New York City the chance to explore the arts through workshops in a variety of artistic disciplines. This summer, thanks in part to City Artist Corps, NeON Arts will recruit more than 300 young people ages 18–24 to Beautify NYC, collaborative arts programs for young people that transform public spaces into artistic spaces. Learn more about NeON Arts.
  • NYC Department of Education Mural and Performing Arts Partnerships: the Department of Education, in partnership with local school leadership, has worked with more than 400 artists at over 200 schools to engage Summer Rising students in collaborative mural making and performing arts activities that enrich summer programming.
  • The People’s Festival: this year, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Civic Engagement Commission, and Public Artist in Residence Yazmany Arboleda launched The People’s Bus, transforming a city bus formerly used to transport detained people on Rikers Island into a community center on wheels. This summer, City Artist Corps members joined the transformed bus for The People’s Festival, which toured the five boroughs with performances, rights-based workshops, and City resources highlighted at each stop. Learn more about The People’s Festival.

For the latest on City Artist Corps programs and events across the city, check out the Department of Cultural Affairs’ news and press releases.

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Questions about each program should be directed to the relevant managing partner. Questions about the overall City Artist Corps program can be directed to