The Public Art Fund unveiled 40 new artworks as part of our citywide exhibition: Art on the Grid. Joining the first group of ten, these new works by New York-based artists are now on view across 500 JCDecaux bus shelters and 1,700 LinkNYC kiosks.
Created in the spring of 2020, these 50 works reflect on artists’ experiences as the COVID-19 pandemic was disrupting our lives, and the parallel epidemic of systemic racism was coming into sharp and painful focus. They address varying aspects of life in New York City including protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement; personal experiences ranging from loss and longing to isolation and healing; daily life in local neighborhoods; as well as themes of justice, equality, community, reunion, and rebirth.
Clusters of artworks can be seen from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn and Sunnyside, Queens, to the South Bronx and St. George, Staten Island, and throughout countless neighborhoods in between. As New Yorkers emerge into a changing city, Art on the Grid transforms the streets into a free open-air art gallery for all.
Hear from all 50 artists about their work, and visit our interactive map to find artworks near you.
Leadership support for Art on the Grid is provided by Amy & David Abrams, Sarah Arison, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ellen & Andrew Celli, Fotene Demoulas & Tom Cote, and Elizabeth Fearon Pepperman & Richard C. Pepperman II.
Major support is provided by Con Edison, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Andrea Krantz & Harvey Sawikin, Jennifer & Jason New, Linda & Andrew Safran, and Patricia & Howard Silverstein with additional support from Candace Barasch, Mickey Cartin, Karen Hillenburg, Stephanie & Tim Ingrassia, Jean Renfield-Miller, and Carole Server & Oliver Frankel.
Public Art Fund gratefully acknowledges the partnership of JCDecaux and NYC & Company.
Public Art Fund is supported by the generosity of individuals, corporations, and private foundations including lead support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, along with major support from the Charina Endowment Fund, The Marc Haas Foundation, Hartfield Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, The Silverweed Foundation, and the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts.
Public Art Fund exhibitions and programs are also supported in part with public funds from government agencies, including the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.