LIC Arts Connection

LIC Arts Connection is an innovative, multi-site community arts initiative that builds non-traditional partnerships between public and private landlords, local businesses, employees, students, residents and artists. The goal is to connect LIC’s community, both physically on foot and socially through access to arts and culture. This initiative is part of LICP’s larger portfolio of work towards connecting LIC’s vibrant mixed-use community. Here we share our first four installations, largely completed in 2018.

CALL FOR ARTISTS! DEADLINE EXTENDED! We are currently working with neighborhood stakeholders to install a series of public art installations throughout LIC in the fall of 2019 through spring 2020. We are looking for creative artists/designers with experience working with volunteers to execute temporary art installations. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 30. Click here for more information and to submit your application!

We are also looking to hire a fall intern to work on our LIC Arts Connection projects. Click here for the job description and apply!

Completed Projects: 

Long Island City 2050

This mural in Baby Park was painted with local youth volunteers from adjacent Queensbridge Houses. Creative Art Works’ final design was based off a community survey conducted in partnership with Jacob Riis Settlement House. Nearly 200 youths and seniors from Queensbridge Houses responded to the survey that resulted in this mural, which represents a possible future for LIC.

Special thanks to Artist & Craftsman Supply, Playday, and sLICe for their support in executing this project.

Las Estrellas Brillarán

This mural was designed, fabricated and installed with students from P4Q@Skillman School. It consists of thousands of blue metal tiles, which were manufactured by Boyce Technologies, and vinyl yellow stars that come together to form local LIC landmarks. The work represents how each individual contributes to a larger community.

Each One Reach One

Artist Vincent Ballentine worked with local teens from the LIC YMCA, to design and paint this mural on plywood panels. Nestled between the bustling train tracks, buildings and bridges of LIC, the final work symbolizes the teens’ worries and aspirations for the future, while enhancing the path of pedestrians along Skillman Avenue.

Bright New Day

Andrea von Bujdoss AKA Queen Andrea worked with Long Island City Partnership and the Health Department staff to introduce a moment of relaxation and nature into the sometimes chaotic streets of LIC. The mural highlights some of the Health Department staff’s favorite local landmarks as well as directs viewers to nearby trains. Health Department staff helped to paint the lower portions of this mural.

Special thanks to Rockrose and MTP Parking for their support in executing this project.

Onwards

Through a series of interviews, Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board, led by Sejin Park, collected stories from Long Island City community members on how they advocate for an equitable future by supporting each other as strangers, neighbors, and friends. Selected quotes line the fence of Rainey Park as vertical banners.

Special thanks to Packard Café & Grill and The Sandwich King their support in executing this project.

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LIC Arts Connection is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. Additional support is provided by Long Island City Partnership, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, and The New York Community Trust. 

These sites are Phase 1 of our LIC Arts Connection initiative. Keep an eye out for more public art coming soon as our work continues.