Public Process High School Summer Program

    SculptureCenter ran Public Process for five summers in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. The program is currently on hiatus.

    Public Process is a three-week summer program for high school students that explores public art, city planning, and urban space. In an intensive lineup of field trips and discussion sessions, students explore the city and engage firsthand with the artists and professionals who shape the cultural and civic life of New York. At the conclusion of the program, the students collectively select a proposal for a temporary public artwork to be commissioned and presented by SculptureCenter. Tuition is free for all students.

    In past years, Public Process students have met with curators from Public Art Fund, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and the Times Square Alliance; representatives from the New York City Departments of City Planning, Parks & Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Transportation; and Community Board 2 as well as SculptureCenter's staff and members of Long Island City community organizations.

    Public Art Commission

    Public Process offers fresh perspectives on art and urbanism and an immediate opportunity to impact public space: at the end of the program, students visit three New York artists in their studios to evaluate proposals for a temporary public artwork for Long Island City. Together, they form a panel to select a winning commission to be produced by SculptureCenter the following summer.

    Past Public Process classes have commissioned Mika Tajima's Meridian (Gold) and Xaviera Simmons: Convene, for the waterfront of Hunter's Point South Park and Words Like Love: Alphaville, First Scenes, a billboard for Jackson Avenue by Alejandro Cesarco, and what was & what is, an installation in Long Island City's Court Square by Matt Keegan.


    SculptureCenter’s programs and operating support is provided by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Danielle and Drew Anderman; Andreas Beroutsos and Abigail Hirschhorn; Carol Bove and Gordon Terry; Irene and Allen Brill; Laren C. and Jesse M. Brill; Lee and Robert K. Elliott; Elizabeth and Adrian Ellis; the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation; Diane and Craig Solomon; Fred Wilson; the A. Woodner Fund; New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; and contributions from our Board of Trustees and Director’s Circle. Additional funding is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and contributions from many generous individuals.