Open Call: Art Underneath the Elevated 2020

RISE is launching an open call for artists to submit proposals for temporary art installations to activate the public space underneath or adjacent to the elevated A-train in Rockaway, Queens

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RISE is soliciting proposals for the 2020 Art Underneath the Elevated II initiative, which will commission two to three artists to envision, produce, and exhibit temporary public art installations underneath or adjacent to the elevated A-train in Far Rockaway, Queens.

This exciting initiative will use art and creative placemaking as a catalyst to temporarily transform and animate this fragmented and underutilized roadway into a vibrant and active public space. Through this initiative, RISE hopes to inspire the community to re-imagine the potential of Rockaway Freeway to reconnect the Peninsula and serve as an adaptable civic space.

This call for proposals invites an individual or a group of artists to submit a project proposal for temporary public artworks. Two to three projects will be selected. Potential project mediums include lighting installations, digital projections, street furniture, signage, murals, or sculptures. The RISE Center (58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd) will serve as the hub of activity and its gallery can be used for public programs and community engagement that build on the chosen projects.

 Selected artists will receive a $3,000 to 6,000 production grant to support all costs associated with their project and a one month community engagement residency that includes access to the resources and facilities at the RISE Center.

Project Background

Located below the elevated A-line subway tracks, the five mile long Rockaway Freeway currently acts as a de facto community corridor for bikers and pedestrians. As part of its Project Underway Initiative, RISE has been working since 2012, in partnership with residents and stakeholders, to re-envision this much needed, yet underperforming and dangerous underpass into a safe and inviting public space that has the potential to serve as an important cross-peninsula connection for pedestrians and bikers. 


March 2nd, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. Selected artists will be notified in April.


Email Art Underneath the Elevated Project Manager Judah Asimov at with questions or concerns.