Dear Friends,
We hope you and your loved ones are safe and well in the midst of the ​COVID-19 pandemic. As with so many of you, the Design Trust team will be working remotely until further notice,​ while closely monitor​ing ​new developments. As New Yorkers are suddenly forced to avoid public space through social distancing, the role of our public realm in shaping our collective identity and advancing our collective well-being has become even more evident. During this time of uncertainty, we will ​do our best to provide our Fellows, Project Partners, and the larger Design Trust community with as much communication, support, and flexibility as we can. You can reach our staff via emails provided here.

  • As we continue to navigate this pandemic, we are hopeful that the world will return to a more normal state later this spring, and of course we are determined that our work to champion public space continues to move forward. To that end, we launched a call for our next Equitable Public Space Fellows on March 17. ​We hope you will circulate word of this opportunity with your networks.
  • We will continue to explore ways to connect with the larger Design Trust community through blog posts, social media and virtual tours/events or workshops.
  • We are postponing the 2020 Annual Benefit in view of the current situation. We will communicate updates including ways to get involved. 

You can continue being a part of your community, despite the physical distancing! Here is a list of organizations, and resources that connect vulnerable New Yorkers with the support they need including grants, access to healthy food, educational tools , virtual classes and information:
  1. Coronavirus NYC Neighborhood Food Resource Guides. Each of the 59 editions includes listings of food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers' markets, grocery stores, meal distribution sites for children and seniors, and resources for immigrants and undocumented individuals. 
  2. The City has created the GetFoodNYC food delivery program to provide food for coronavirus-vulnerable and food-insecure New Yorkers not currently served through existing food delivery programs. 
  3. The New York Foundation for the Arts has compiled a list of organizations offering emergency grants to artists impacted by COVID-19. 
  4. Share/fill this "Picture the Homeless" survey for people experiencing homelessness to better understand how to support them during COVID-19:

Like so many of you, we believe that our society can and will bounce back from this pandemic stronger and more resilient. We look forward to seeing you in that better future! In the meanwhile, please check this page for any updates from the Design Trust team. 
Take care of yourself and your communities!