NEW YORK – July 7, 2016 – Green Below 14, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving parks, playgrounds and open spaces in downtown Manhattan, is launching a new community art program called Artside. This program is a collaboration between Green Below 14, NYC Parks, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts (“CMA”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to introducing children and their families to the transformative power of the arts. The program will offer children and families the opportunity to work with artists on art installations in public parks in downtown Manhattan in addition to educational and enrichment programming.
“Parks is thrilled to welcome this wonderful project from Green Below 14 to some of our smaller downtown Manhattan parks and playgrounds. This program offers us the opportunity to engage with young people in the local community and beautify our public spaces,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “Public art in parks gives us the chance to appreciate our shared green spaces in a whole new light and Artside is a wonderful example of that.”
Green Below 14 proposed the Artside collaboration to provide the community more opportunities to enjoy the positive experiences of learning about, creating and exhibiting art in public spaces, especially the smaller neighborhood parks.
“We are excited to bring more art into the smaller parks of downtown Manhattan and to offer the community the opportunity to participate in all stages of the art process,” said Green Below 14 Co-Founder and President Coral Dawson.
The first project in the Artside program was conceived of by the nonprofit arts organization SmartSpaces, who will produce the project, working with New York based artist Isca Greenfield-Sanders. Consistent with Greenfield- Sanders’ practice of reworking images in different sizes and mediums, the celebrated artist is gridding one of her paintings from her 2008 Parachute Series into tiles that will be enhanced by the children, reassembled, and installed at Vesuvio Playground in SoHo in the fall of 2016.
“We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to work with Green Below 14, and are thankful to Greenfield-Sanders for her enthusiastic participation,” said Stacey Goergen, co-director of SmartSpaces.
As part of the Artside program, the Children’s Museum of the Arts will provide opportunities for the community to participate in hands-on collaborative projects led by practicing artists and CMA Teaching Artists during its free community hours on Thursdays from 4-6 PM as well as through its extensive programs including camps, classes and school partnerships. This new partnership with the Children’s Museum of the Arts gives GreenBelow14 subscribers a 10% discount on all 50 CMA weeklong summer art camps at the museum and on Governors Island. Use the case sensitive code GREENBELOW14 at
“This program offers a unique opportunity to work with internationally renowned, local artist Isca Greenfield-Sanders, and to work collaboratively on an artwork for this important neighborhood park,” said CMA Executive Director Barbara McLanahan.
Artside is a new program that will continue to rely upon donations from the community to expand beyond the first installation at Vesuvio this fall. Progress including photos may be followed online at the Green Below 14 Facebook page .
This program will serve as a pilot to gauge the success of the collaboration and to potentially expand to additional sites in the future.
About Green Below 14
Green Below 14 “GB14” is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving parks, playgrounds and open space in downtown Manhattan. For media inquiries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org About The Children’s Museum of the Arts Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1988, the Children’s Museum of the Arts provides authentic hands-on art experiences for children, both in its art-filled museum and in the community. CMA’s mission is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by- side with working artists. CMA works to fulfill its mission through four distinct initiatives: On-site public programming that includes interactive art stations and artist-led workshops, early-childhood arts workshops, after- school classes, intensive art camps and special family programs; school & community outreach programs throughout New York City; art exhibitions; and a permanent collection of 2,000 pieces of children’s art from around the world. More information is available at cmany.org.