Street venues for NYC Artist Corps Grant Recipients

In Fall 2021, in support of the city’s recovery efforts, Street Lab is creating open-air, street venues for sharing the work of hundreds of recipients of City Artist Corps Grants who have not yet been able to find a venue to exhibit their work. The venues and opportunities below are provided in partnership with several of our long-standing community hosts who are seeking to activate public space for community benefit. In all of the venues below managed by Street Lab, our staff will be present, and we have secured permits and insurance. The deadline for applications for this program has past. Here are the artists who partnered with us in 2021.

Street Lab/Chelsea Market: 10th Ave Gallery

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In collaboration with Chelsea Market, Street Lab is launching a pop-up gallery in an adapted outdoor dining shed along 10th Avenue for City Artist Corps Grant recipients. Each day, one artist will exhibit work for passing audiences.

Details: Street Lab will provide: 1) a wire mesh exhibition stands to accommodate hanging art; and 2) signage identifying the gallery as a site for NYC Artist Corps Grant recipients. Participating Artists will be responsible for installing/de-installing their art and providing clips, tape, or other solutions for hanging their art on the wire stands.

Initial site plan included in images above (subject to change). Height from floor to top of pitch ~10’6″. Height from floor to ceiling at outer perimeter ~8′. Mesh exhibition stands available on site: 8 gridwall panels with two gridwall bases, 3 triangular mesh towers, 25 picture hooks, 25 peg hooks.

Street Lab: Street Marker

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In various locations, Street Lab is offering City Artist Corps Grant recipients the opportunity to “take over” Street Lab’s Street Marker program and collaborate with Street Lab to engage people of all ages in co-creating a chalk mural. Locations include Open Streets and other public spaces in neighborhoods ranging from Hunts Point, Bronx, to Hollis, Queens. Partnering Artists will plan and/or sketch out the mural design and invite the public to help them fill in the details, establishing an overarching style or central theme for participants to respond to or emulate.

Details: Tools for Street Lab’s Street Marker program consist of diamond-shaped stencils, triangle-shaped stencils, circle-making tools of various sizes, sponges for smudging, and knee pads, all of which Street Lab will provide. Participating Artists will be responsible for street-safe chalk for their street mural project. We recommend this brand and one box is sufficient.

Street Lab: DRAW NYC

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In three locations, Street Lab is offering City Artist Corps Grant recipients the opportunity to “take over” Street Lab’s DRAW NYC program (a portable, open-air art studio) at either Spring Street Park in Hudson Square, King Street in Hudson Square, or curbside near Chelsea Market. Partnering Artists will have the opportunity to exhibit a sample of their work on site and craft a unique prompt for the public to imitate or respond to their work.

Details: Street Lab’s DRAW NYC program consists of a cart filled with drawing boards, paper, charcoal, pens, and watercolor pencils, benches for seating, and staff to engage people and keep materials organized. It includes a display kiosk which can display art up to 24” wide by 36” tall. Participating Artists will be responsible for printing their prompt and providing clips, tape, or other solutions for hanging their art on the kiosk.

Our community partners

Street Lab has reached out to our community partners and can also offer Partnering Artists connections to select groups who are interested in hosting exhibitions or engagement opportunities. Possible locations include outdoor art festivals, restaurant sheds, and other open-air, public locations. Participating Artist will be responsible for negotiating and making all arrangements with these groups, and Street Lab’s role will end with the introduction between the artist and community group.

How to apply for a Street Lab Venue Match

Given the tight time frame for launching pop-up venues and scheduling exhibitions and engagement opportunities before Oct 31, we appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we do our best to match as many artist as possible with venues. Please contact us any time with questions.


Applicant must be a 2021 City Artist Corp Grant Recipient who has not yet secured an exhibition venue. Artists are responsible for installing and de-installing their own work and expected to be present for the full duration of events, which are four hours and typically scheduled between 10AM-6PM.

Key Dates

Sept 1
Application process opens (matches made on a rolling basis)

Sept 13
First exhibition slot available

Oct 31
Final venue exhibition slot


Complete the application form below which asks for a brief summary of your original proposal for the City Artist Corps Grant, your venue preferences, a brief description of how you will adapt your work to your preferred venues.

Street Lab will review and reply with a match for a venue and date(s). You will then have three days to reserve by submitting a brief work plan to our production team and signing an agreement that confirms your understanding of the exhibition requirements of the chosen venue. You should then expect to receive and reply to a series of email reminders which will help us work together to prepare and promote your exhibition.

Street Lab is a nonprofit that creates and shares programs for public space. Here is our Diversity and Inclusion Policy.

Street Lab’s 2021 work with NYC Artists Corps is supported by

Street Lab cultural programs are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and citywide by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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