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Open call for virtual talks and tours | Civic Art Lab 2022 (submission deadline Sept 15)

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We are pleased to announce the call for contributions to our 8th annual Civic Art Lab.
Please apply using the form on our website:

This year’s Civic Art Lab explores the notion of contested spaces through the lens of sustainability, creative placemaking and placekeeping. As it pertains to this year’s theme, a contested space can be a site of resistance, social activism, art, urban design, remembrance, and more. Many ephemeral sites of environmental and social movements have grown into brick-and-mortar community gathering places, public green spaces, safe spaces, and sustained places of protest. In a global political climate that increasingly disregards the urgency of sustainability and humanitarian challenges, Civic Art Lab 2022’s two-day lab welcomes proposals for virtual presentations and in-person NYC-based tours of locations at the center and margins of community-driven sustainability and action. Potential tours and presentation themes include, but are not limited to:

- Site specific performances and participatory art and design
- Sustainable infrastructure and urbanism
- The role of memorials, architecture, and public space in political discourse, activism, grief, and public memory
- Grassroots approaches to community development, art, and design
- Community spaces for environmental and social activism, food justice and mutual aid
- Sanctuary spaces and sites of healing
- Citizen science and skill-sharing to address sustainability
- Invisible or forgotten spatial histories and urban geographies
- Urban planning and its relationship to cultural equity and/or gentrification and displacement

*Priority given to projects and sites that center the lived experience of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Women, Queer, Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, and Disabled folks.

Virtual presentations will be held on Saturday, November 5th between 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Accepted contributors will be asked to prepare 20 minute-long presentations via Zoom. Sunday's tours will be held on November 6th between 1:00-6:30 pm, followed by drinks in Manhattan.

Proposals for tours, walks, and site-based projects and visits should be located in the New York City borough of Manhattan. We expect the tour duration to be approximately 45 minute-90 hours for each program. We will also consider proposals in Queens and Brooklyn on a case-by-case basis as long as they are easily accessible by public transportation. Our organizers will work with accepted contributors on planning for event accessibility.

Civic Art Lab is a hosted by GreenspaceNYC ( Proposals may consider didactic or interactive elements that encourage remote participation as well as face-to-face interaction, in order to spur ideas over the multi-day course of the lab. This may include participatory art, time-based media, performance, group dialogue, interactive elements, games, or learning materials, in addition to more traditional programs such as talks and panel discussions. Civic Art Lab facilitates event advertising and program sign-up, and our organizers will work with event collaborators to produce materials for programs on a case-by-case basis. For the 2022 lab, cash stipends will not be available. Live Captions will be provided for talks and panel discussions.

Thank you for application!

For additional questions, please email and

GREENSPACENYC is a non-profit collaborative that develops and curates free educational programming, hands-on workshops, and public design projects that encourage dialogue, enliven public spaces, and promote the future of a more equitable and sustainable city.

Our public programs take place in a range of spaces from public parks to to community spaces to vacant storefronts. Each project is created in collaboration with volunteer-artists, designers, educators, activists, and the general public. The organization is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, giving it its status as a 501(c)(3) and receives material sponsorship from Material for the Arts (NYC Office of Cultural Affairs).
To register for Civic Art Lab 2021, please visit our eventbrite page:

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About GreenspaceNYC


327 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215, US

Mission Statement

GreenspaceNYC develops, hosts, and curates participatory events, classes, and workshops about sustainability that run the gamut from art-making & sustainable architecture to food studies & urban agriculture. We offer these varied educational events in the hopes of building a network of committed participants interested in sharing information on sustainable practices to the broader public at free or little cost.


This project was is organized by Laura Scherling, Jeff Kasper, Yasmeen Abdallah, Leonel Ponce, and Daniel Horn. GreenspaceNYC is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, giving it its status as a 501(c)(3) and receives material sponsorship from Material for the Arts (NYC Office of Cultural Affairs).


Twitter: @greenspacenyc


Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture, Community, Environment


Sat Nov 05, 2022 - Sun Nov 06, 2022
11:00 AM - 09:00 PM


Multiple locations New York, NY 10003



  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education
  • Safety & Disaster Education
  • Visual Arts
  • Research
  • Healthcare




  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training

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