Public Process High School Summer Program

    Application deadline:
    Sunday, April 21, 2019

    Program Dates:
    July 8-26, 2019
    Monday to Friday, 9am to 2pm

    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. 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 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.

    The forthcoming 2019 commission, which will be on view during Public Process 2019, is a temporary work by Matt Keegan to be installed in Long Island City’s Court Square. Reflecting on the changing nature of the city, Matt Keegan's work complicates the narratives of real estate development through architectural intervention and personal histories.

    Program Details

    Public Process 2019 program dates are July 8 to 26, 2019. The program meets from 9am to 2pm daily, Monday through Friday. Accepted students must attend all program days.

    To apply, students must have completed at least one year of high school by July 2019. The program is open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders, as well as graduating 12th graders. Public Process is FREE to all accepted students. 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.

    How to Apply

    Applications for 2019 closed on April 21. Applications will re-open for the July 2020 Program in early 2020.


    Email or call SculptureCenter at 718.361.1750.


    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.