Our Programs

Street Lab creates programs for public space that bring New Yorkers together.
Over 1000 activations on the street since 2011.

100 Activations for NYC

In the second half of 2021, Street Lab is adding one hundred new activations on the streets of NYC that will support neighborhoods hit hard by COVID. Featuring Street Lab’s signature programs as well as Street Lab Teens leading community chalk murals and partnerships with artists and other cultural groups to bring more voices to the street. We are committed to using this moment to activate public space in ways that include, connect, and lift up every New Yorker. Learn more here.

The Uni Project

The Uni Project is our ongoing initiative to use pop-up to bring opportunities for learning to the public spaces where at-risk NYC kids gather. When we launched a portable reading room for NYC in 2011, we believed it could used to support kids in low-income neighborhoods who are at risk for “summer slide” and achievement gaps. Thus began our work to transform the street-level environment of the neediest NYC streets with pop-up reading rooms, drawing studios, and more. Learn more here.

Inside Out

During COVID, we’ve expanded our partnerships with NYC arts and cultural institutions to bring programming out from behind walls into a safe, open-air setting. Queens Museum, The Drawing Center, SoHo Memory Project, and most recently the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs New York City Artist Corps. Thanks to NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund at the New York Community Trust for initial support. Learn more here.

Street Lab Teens

Street Lab Teens offers New York City youth a chance to support and shape Street Lab’s mission of bringing community-oriented programming to neighborhood public spaces across New York City. Working closely with Street Lab staff, the team helps develop and lead select Street Lab programs, all of which take place outdoors and have been re-designed for COVID. Learn more here.

Street Lab Artist Partnerships

During COVID, we’ve expanded our partnerships with NYC artists and musicians and developed new ways to connect them to audiences in a safe, open-air setting. Visual artists, classical and jazz musicians, and more—all on the streets of NYC. Now featuring street exhibitions by NYC Artist Corps Grant recipients. Learn more here.

Get involved

Artists, educators, designers, and fabricators can play a role in re-opening NYC public space. Offer your expertise to our effort.

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We work in prominent public spaces and neighborhoods alike. Grants can often help cover our programming costs. Reach out!


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