Public Process High School Summer Program

    Public Process is a free three week summer program for high school students that explores public art, urban planning, and architecture. 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.

    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 Parks & Recreation, Cultural Affairs, and Transportation; and writers from Art in America, in addition to SculptureCenter's staff and members of Long Island City community organizations. View photos of last year's Public Process program here.

    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 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, each at the waterfront of Hunter's Point South Park and Words Like Love: Alphaville, First Scenes, a billboard for Jackson Avenue by Alejandro Cesarco.

    Program Details

    Public Process is a FREE summer intensive program. SculptureCenter raises funds to cover tuition for all program participants.

    School credit and community service hours are available to qualified students. All students accepted into the Public Process program will receive an MTA MetroCard to subsidize their travel expenses, along with daily snacks and writing materials.


    Email or call SculptureCenter at 718.361.1750.


    Public Process is underwritten by Charlotte Feng Ford with additional support from Uovo.

    Lead underwriting support of SculptureCenter’s Exhibition Fund has been generously provided by the Kraus Family Foundation with major support by Robert Soros, and Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia.

    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; the A. Woodner Fund; Charlotte Feng Ford; 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.