Artists! Deadline For Public Art Program Nears

Photo by Robert Fernandez

All artists with hidden talents looking for an opportunity to display your unique work to others, now is your chance to get others to notice your work!

The Department of Transportation and New York Cares invite all artists to participate in their “Barrier Beautification” Project, which commissions artists and designers to beautify the city and create murals for barriers that usually separate bicycle lanes from auto traffic lanes.

Every year, the Department of Transportation requests that artists to submit their original ideas for the Barrier Beautification project. They, along with New York Cares, a volunteer service, supply all the materials needed to complete this project adequately.

Artists must convert their own design to appropriate barrier sites, and must sign a waiver before they decide to participate. Murals created will be up for all passing bikes and cars to look at for 11 months.

Worried about the cost of creating the mural? Not to worry; artists are eligible to receive up to $2,500 toward direct project costs. So participation may not even cost you a penny!

The deadline for submissions to Barrier Beautification is September 7, so artists who wish to participate should hurry and apply now. Applications can be accessed here (pdf).

Need ideas? Take a look at previous submissions to Barrier Beautification here to get yourself thinking.

To learn more about the program, please visits