Artist Open Call: Studio in the Park

Residency #5 and #6


The Queens Museum, in partnership with NYC Parks and ArtBuilt, is accepting proposals for: Studio in the Park for summer and fall 2017.

Studio in the Park is a residency program developed by Queens Museum and ArtBuilt which provides an artist or artist collective use of a 150 square foot mobile studio space situated within a public park in NYC to carry out a public art project over the course of 4-6 weeks.

The program began with two residencies in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in 2015, with the screenprinting collective Mobile Print Power and artist Matthew Jensen, and continued in 2016 with Chance Ecologies and Queens Creative Solidarity.

Artist/s for Studio in the Park – Residency #5 and #6 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park will be selected through an Open Call application process.

The residency dates are as follows:

Deadline for Application: Friday, May 5

Announcement of winning proposal: Friday, May 19

Date of Residency:

Session 1 – July 1 to August 15, 2017

Session 2 – October 1-November 15, 2017

Artists are welcome to propose projects that align with their existing practice, and also demonstrate alignment with the issue areas below:

Session 1: The Resident Artist(s) will focus on engagement with families from the local community who have children with disabilities, including developmental disorders, physical disabilities, chronic illness,  emotional behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. Artist will create workshops and interactive experiences that include UDL (Universal Design for Learning), PBS (Positive Behavior Support), and PBL (Project Based Learning), and art and music therapy methods.  They will collaborate with Queens Museum’s art therapists and with participating families in the museum’s Art Access programs to design accessible programming and portable multi-sensory elements. These will be implemented in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, including in a public event on July 16 at the Playground for All Children, the first of its kind in the country that was designed to serve accommodate both disabled and able-bodied children.

Session 2: Project should serve the diverse immigrant communities that surround Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which have become threatened by a climate of increasing xenophobia and shifting immigration enforcement. Preference will be given to projects that not only create a dignified and safe environment for immigrant families, but also involve creative forms of service provision or referral, immigrant rights and legal education, risk reduction, tools for emergency planning, and/or engage the general public in ways they can actively support immigrants’ human rights.

The resident will be provided:

  • A mobile studio space for 4-6 weeks situated next to the Queens Museum within Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The light-filled mobile studio offers electricity, air conditioning, wi-fi, and ample wall space.
  • Access to the Queens Museum restrooms, staff kitchen, wood shop (upon advance request), and other museum spaces is also included;
  • A total stipend of $1500 inclusive of art materials
  • Support from the museum’s staff for public engagement, event production and promotion.

The resident will commit to:

  • A minimum of 15 hours studio work per week, including at least one weekend day per week;
  • Public access to studio during predetermined times;
  • Collaborating on a minimum of 2-4 public programs during the residency with Queens Museum staff.

Selection: A panel of arts professionals and local organizers will review applications and select residency participants. Reviewers will include Queens Museum staff, ArtBuilt staff, and NYC Parks public art staff. Selections will be announced on May 19, 2017.


  • Artists who are working in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, multimedia, installation, public art, participatory art, socially-engaged art and arts-based research, performance-based visual expression, folk and traditional cultural practice.
  • Artists who are residents of New York City—from any of the five boroughs—and who have resided in the City for at least one year prior to the application deadline. Artists must reside in NYC during the entire residency period.

Ready to apply? Submit here!

Studio in the Park at the Queens Museum is made possible the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Office of NYC  Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland. Additional support  provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.