DOT Art Program

DOT Art partners with community-based, nonprofit organizations and professional artists to present temporary public art on DOT property for up to 11 months. Artists transform streets with colorful murals, dynamic projections, and eye-catching sculptures. Sidewalks, fences, triangles, medians, bridges, Jersey barriers, step streets, and public plazas serve as canvases and foundations for art.

“Vivid Chroma Locomotion” by Queen Andrea in partnership with Projectivity Group: Richmond Avenue and Drumgoole Road, Staten Island
"For Closure" by Gabriela Salazar in partnership with the Bronx River Art Center: E Tremont Avenue and Boston Road, Bronx


  • Creates more inviting public spaces for walking, resting, and gathering
  • Activates public spaces with functional and participatory artwork that encourages physical activity and healthier lifestyles
  • Builds and strengthens community partnerships through public engagement
  • Generates unique and distinctive public spaces that build neighborhood character
  • Provides broader access to the arts citywide by targeting art installations in historically underserved communities
  • Provides opportunities for artists to showcase their creativity and unique abilities

Scope and Eligibility

  • Organizations and professional artists regardless of residence may apply in response to open calls released throughout the year
  • Artists must demonstrate proficiency in the proposed medium, have exhibited in the public or private realm, and have participated in community-based projects
  • Organizations must have experience planning exhibitions, public art projects, or public programming, a connection to the proposed site, and the ability to monitor and maintain the artwork
  • Funding is available for some initiatives but is not guaranteed
  • Organizations and artists are only eligible to receive one commission per fiscal year
  • All sculptures must be reviewed by a NY-State licensed engineer
  • For information regarding permanent art commissions, visit DCLA's website



DOT Art Tracks diagram


DOT Art Tracks [PDF]

See the DOT Art Tracks [PDF] diagram for information on application cycles; visit the DOT Art website for upcoming opportunities.

  • Sites must be owned and maintained by DOT, located in close proximity to public transportation, adjacent to a mixed-use corridor, accessible to a diverse audience, and large enough to accommodate artwork
  • Priority sites are identified for art by elected officials, community stakeholders, and DOT Borough Commissioners’ Offices and Operating Units
  • Application Deadline
  • o Read the Request for Proposals/Qualifications carefully and complete the full application by the listed deadline or, if a rolling deadline, a minimum of 90 days in advance of the proposed installation date
  • o Organizations or fellow city agencies interested in presenting multiple art installations as part of a festival or event should email to ensure the project deadline is attainable
  • Applications are reviewed by DOT's Art Advisory Committee, comprised of outside arts professionals representing different boroughs and areas of expertise; see the DOT Art website for a current list of committee members
  • Applications are evaluated based on public safety, artistic merit, organizational capacity, site suitability, and artwork durability
  • Applicants are notified of selection within a maximum of two months from submission
  • Projects are implemented within a maximum of four months after approval of an application for murals and within 12 months for sculptures
  • Artists receive copyright of the final design and artwork, but must extend the right to use any depiction of the artwork for non-commercial purposes to the city
  • Organizations and artists must sign a legal agreement, and organizations must hold commercial general liability insurance in the amount of $1 million per occurrence and $3 million aggregate limit naming the City of New York as an additional insured
  • DOT provides the necessary permits to install artwork on city-owned property
  • Organizations and/or artists are responsible for obtaining any additional permits required by the DOT Office of Construction Mitigation and Coordination (OCMC)
  • All questions should be directed to

Recommendations and Best Practices

  • Review the list of priority sites closely or the Site Selection Guide when suggesting a site, and visit the proposed site in advance of applying
  • Review past public art installations on the DOT Flickr page
  • Organizations and artists should email to confirm ownership of the proposed site in advance of applying
  • Proposed artwork should be well-developed, demonstrating artistic excellence; should be appropriate for the public realm; should consider the social, historical, architectural, geographical, and/or cultural context of the site; should suit the site based on size, scale, and form; should not introduce any public safety hazards; should be fabricated out of durable materials to withstand outdoor weather conditions; and should be carefully planned ensuring sound fabrication and installation
  • All proposals must be unique and original and not infringe on any copyright


Colorful sculpture hanging from a signal pole

"Street Cathedral" by Claudia Ravashiere and Michael Moss in partnership with the Hudson Square Business Improvement District: Varick Street and Downing Street, Manhattan


Abstract sculpture on a sidewalk

"Ascension" by Jordan Baker-Caldwell in partnership with the Hudson Yards/Hell’s Kitchen Alliance: W 36th Street and Ninth Avenue, Manhattan