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Call for Designers: NEA-Funded Public Art Project

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NYC Parks and the Department of Sanitation are transforming what was once the world’s largest landfill into New York City’s 21st century park. In partnership with NYC Parks, the non-profit Freshkills Park Alliance is working to provide public education about the park project while it is being built incrementally. The Alliance is looking for skilled designers to develop a digital project that will engage New Yorkers across the five boroughs with the evolving Freshkills Park on the west shore of Staten Island. This project will illustrate several aspects of New York City history through the lens of the park project and site composition over time. A qualified design team will be selected to translate complex information into an environmental media installation for an off-site, public location to educate a general audience about the site’s history, engineering, and ecological restoration as part of park design. Freshkills Park is looking for design teams who are experienced in creating accessible digital explanations based on complex information through innovative approaches to storytelling. Interdisciplinary teams (designers, artists, illustrators, photographers, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Read the full Request for Qualifications here.

How to apply:

Email the following materials, as a single PDF, to with the subject heading “Section Story design applicant” followed by your last name or studio name.

Please do not exceed page limits. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Submissions must be received by June 8, 2016 at 5pm (Eastern Time) and include:

Letter of interest (one-page maximum), addressing the following:

  • What interests you about collaborating with Freshkills Park?
  • What special qualifications does your team have?
  • What is the role of digital storytelling in today’s society and how do you see it impacting everyday life?

CV or bio, including contact information (email and phone). Please specify roles of each team member and contact information for a team leader who will receive notifications

An edited portfolio of up to five projects, no more than ten 8.5” x 11” pages (additional pages will not be reviewed by the jury). Environmental media and film/animation projects that reflect an ability to organize complex information or explain natural and scientific processes to a general audience are especially helpful. Each project should include:

  • a concise description of the project (up to one paragraph)
  • your role in the design
  • captioned still images
  • links to videos as appropriate/available
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