City Calls for Climate Change-Related Art Project in Red Hook

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Red Hook was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and it’s in danger of flooding from sea level rise attributed to climate change in future years.

Now the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca have put out a request for proposals for artists to create a temporary public artwork in Red Hook to address climate change and flooding. The art should “engage local youth in the design process, tapping into community-specific knowledge to imagine the future of this vibrant neighborhood,” according to the announcement.

The budget for the fabrication and installation is $20,000, so the cost of the work should not exceed that.

The Department of Cultural Affairs also suggests a few locations in Red Hook for proposed projects, including Coffey Park, Department of Transportation sites, privately owned spaces that are open to the public, and Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier. Projects cannot be in the water, however, due to regulatory restrictions.

An advisory committee of community members and youths, local arts organizations and city agency partners will review the applications and vote for their preferred finalists at a public meeting before June. The target installation date is August.

The deadline to apply is Earth Day, April 22. For more information or to apply, go to the online application at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

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