Open Call: NYC Percent for Art for Brownsville Branch Brooklyn Public Library 

Permanent Public Art Commission 

Open to All Professional Artists 

Deadline: Brownsville TDB


The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) Percent for Art Program, in conjunction with Brooklyn Public Libraries (BPL) and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) is issuing this Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) to engage artists or artists teams to create permanent public artworks for Brownsville Library.

Commissioned by the New York City Percent for Art program, the selected artist(s) will create a permanent artwork within the interiors of the libraries which will receive much-needed renovations. 


The Brooklyn Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. Founded in 1896, BPL is the nation’s fifth largest public library system, There are 60 neighborhood branches throughout the borough, of which many are Carnegie Libraries, and help bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all. In 1901, Andrew Carnegie donated $5.2 million to build a system of libraries in all five boroughs of New York. Ultimately, the Brooklyn Public Library was able to build 21 libraries through this program. In 2018, BPL, has selected the Brownsville Library, New Utrecht Library and Eastern Parkway Library to receive new funding to address both fundamental infrastructure needs and programmatic requirements that will prepare each branch for present needs and anticipated demands of community based learning. 


This competition is organized in two phases. Phase One is a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) in which artists may respond with samples of past work and supplementary materials. The City, in partnership with a committee of local arts and design professionals, will select at least 3 artists as finalists to proceed to Phase Two of the selection process. During Phase Two, the City will invite the selected Finalists to submit conceptual proposals for review by a selection committee organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs. Finalists will receive an honorarium of $500 for submission of a conceptual proposals.


All artists interested in being considered must apply through the online program at: 

Submissions will only be accepted using this online application program. 

Interested artists must submit the following application materials online as described below: 

1. Statement of Interest (500 words max) Provide a narrative description of how your art practice can be translated to this project and how you might approach this project. 

2. Artist’s Statement (250 words max) Provide a narrative description of your work past work and current practice, including reference to submitted work samples, as relevant. 

3. Resume or CV Provide a current resume or CV, highlighting artistic excellence, any teaching experience, community engagement work, and/or experience working with multiple stakeholders. INCLUDE contact information: Address, email and phone number. 

4. References Provide the name, phone number and email addresses of two (2) professional references that have experience working with you as a partner or client on a creative project. Please indicate your relationship to each reference. 

5. Work Samples Provide up to 10 digital images of recent works and/or up to 3 links to video or audio with maximum lengths of 5 minutes. For literary projects, submit samples no longer than 5-10 pages of scripts, poetry, prose or other relevant materials. 

6. Work Sample List Provide a list of submitted work, including title, date, materials and dimensions, locations, and/or running times. Include 1-2 sentence descriptions as needed. 

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