STATEN ISLAND — Artists are getting a chance to shape the way public space looks on the borough's developing waterfront with a new project involving nonprofits and developers in the area.
The Design Trust for Public Space teamed up with Staten Island Arts for the multi-year "Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront" which aims to create a "cultural plan" for public spaces along the North Shore.
“With Future Culture, we're excited to forge new ground to connect the Staten Island arts community, North Shore waterfront developers and key policy makers to envision new opportunities for public space," said Susan Chin, executive director of the Design Trust.
"Capitalizing on the power of the arts to bring people together and drawing on local knowledge, we'll get them actively involved in the development of their neighborhood together."
The project will bring together artists, groups, residents, city agencies and developers with projects on the waterfront — including the teams behind Empire Outlets, the New York Wheel, Urby Staten Island and Lighthouse Point — to create, design and plan public space in the area, according to the Design Trust.
The project will test some of the ideas with "public art pilots" and give artists the use of new spaces to display their work, including public sites and storefronts. Exact locations for where these pilots will go have not yet been identified.
To start the project, the Design Trust will award four fellowships in participatory art, urban design, policy and graphic design, which people have until June 28 to apply for.