Call for proposals!


Project description: Our community art studio, located in Greenpoint, is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak. This has left our large front windows, which usually contain information about upcoming programs and classes, empty. We are seeking a local Black or POC artist or artists to create a mural or other public art installation in the space, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and as a call to our community for racial and social justice. Two proposals will be selected.

Update, July 27th: Brooklyn artist Sharela May Bonfield will be installing a series of handmade quilts in our windows in August! Unveiling date TBD, and save the date for a public program at the studio in celebration of Sharela's work on August 22nd!


Project details: Please see below for a photo and diagram of the front of our studio. The large window is 9'7" tall x 9'8" wide; the door is 7'7" tall x 36" wide; the window next to the door is 9'7" tall x 12" wide; the window above the door is 20" tall x 36" wide; and the window perpendicular to the door (not visible in photo) is 9'7" tall x 10" wide. There is a frosted film that can be painted on, but must remain on the window and door, that is 4' tall. We are open to proposals for murals, mixed media installations, and/or any other project you can envision in the space. The installation should be more or less flat, should either adhere to the window or hang from above it, and is meant to be viewed from the outside. The selected artist(s) will have access to the following supplies and studio utilities: a slop sink, projector, adjustable-height tables, stools, lots of natural light, small drying rack, and a wide variety of art materials including tempera paint, fabric, assorted paper, yarn, wire, and more! The artist(s) selected for each month’s installation will receive a stipend of $500.


Application instructions: Please submit a proposal to containing the following information. The deadline for proposals for a September/October installation has been extended to August 31, 2020.

  • Your name(s) and pronouns

  • Email address and phone number

  • A detailed description (roughly 500-800 words) of your planned installation, including any applicable reference images or preparatory sketches, materials required for the project, and projected timeframe for construction and installation

  • Link to your website, portfolio, Instagram, gallery page, etc.

  • Anything else you think we should know about you and/or your proposed project


Selection process: Applications will be reviewed by ESScp staff members and board members, as well as an independent panel of artists and community members. We are actively seeking Black and POC artists and community members to lead the selection process! If you would like to be involved, please email letting us know who you are and why you are interested in being a part of this project.

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