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Applications due May 15, 2017

Public Process High School Summer Program

Public Process 2016

Students: Apply today for Public Process, SculptureCenter's High School Summer Program!

Program dates: July 3 to July 21, 2017 (no class on Tuesday, July 4)
Application deadline: May 15, 2017

(We recommend drafting your responses in a document you can save and copying/pasting into this Google form.)

SculptureCenter is pleased to open applications for its third year of Public Process, a summer intensive program for high schoolers designed to introduce students to the artists, curators, and urban planners who conceive and present public art projects in New York City.

SculptureCenter's Public Process High School Summer Program is a free three-week summer intensive program held at SculptureCenter's exhibition space and at public art sites throughout New York City. Program topics include contemporary art, urban design, the history of public art in New York City, community activism, and media representation.

Public Process offers high school students the opportunity to become informed and active citizens in commissioning a work of art, to gain hands-on experience in civic cultural representation, and to introduce an innovative new artwork to the public realm. At the culmination of the program, students form a selection panel and choose a temporary public artwork to be produced by SculptureCenter for a site in Long Island City, Queens.

Past Public Process classes have commissioned Mika Tajima's Meridian (Gold) for the waterfront of Hunter's Point South Park and the forthcoming Words Like Love: Alphaville, First Scenes, a billboard for Jackson Avenue by Alejandro Cesarco.

Program participants explore the city's public art landscape and learn about its history and future from the people who create today's most visible cultural projects. Throughout the program, students visit public art sites, meet with arts professionals, and learn from artists in their studios to gain a deeper understanding of what goes into creating a public artwork. In past years, Public Process students have engaged in discussion with curators from Public Art Fund, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Times Square Alliance; representatives from the New York City Departments of Parks & Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Transportation; and writers from Art in America, in addition to SculptureCenter's staff and members of Long Island City community organizations.

Program Details

Public Process is a free summer intensive program. School credit and community service hours are available to qualified students. All students accepted into the Public Process program will receive an MTA MetroCard to subsidize their travel expenses, along with a daily snack and writing materials.


Email or call SculptureCenter at 718 361 1750.