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Apply to Create a Public Art Installation for Playland on Rye Beach in New York

Win a $5,000 honorarium to create a temporary site-specific installation at Playland Park. Applications are due by Wednesday, June 12.

(Image Courtesy of ArtsWestchester)

ArtsWestchester, in collaboration with Westchester County and the Westchester Parks Foundation, announces a unique opportunity for artists to create a temporary site-specific installation that will activate a former vendor booth on the boardwalk of Rye Beach at Playland Park.

Playland Park opened in 1928 as America’s first totally planned amusement park. Today, more than 450,000 visitors from the greater New York area visit this nationally registered historic landmark. Playland is home to one of the last 100 wooden roller coasters in the country, and is the location of the beloved Tom Hanks film “Big.” Soon Playland will be the site of captivating contemporary art installations.

The installation will occupy a former vendor booth in the Art Deco-era south bath house building, overlooking the Rye Beach boardwalk and the Long Island Sound. The space has an eastern exposure, with two standard doorways, and two “garage door” style vendor windows. In addition to the windows and recessed skylights, the site has overhead lighting. There is access to an outlet. Note that the space is not climate controlled and will be fully accessible by the public. Installations may leverage all architectural components of the space including walls, floors, columns, and windows.

Proposed artist installations can take any form (mural, sculptural, new media etc), and may leverage all architectural components of the space including walls, floors, columns, and windows. Projects may include community engagement elements and/or interactive components. Artists should consider that the park is a family destination enjoyed by visitors from within and beyond Westchester County. Artwork installation must be completed by July 2, 2019, and the work will be on view through summer 2019.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and live, work, or maintain a studio address in the lower Hudson Valley region of New York, including NYC (all 5 boroughs), Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan Counties.

Artists are welcome to attend an information session at Rye Playland on Monday, June 3, 2019, at 5:30 pm. To reserve your spot at the info session or for other project-related inquiries, contact Logan Hanley, [email protected]

Applications are due by Wednesday, June 12 at 11:59 pm EST and can only be submitted electronically.

To access the application and review full project details, visit artsw.org/artonthebeach.