Turnout NYC celebrated NYC’s diversity with hyper-local arts and culture programming. This new report revisits the success of the project and a vision for the future of hyperlocal arts support in New York City.

In response to the pandemic, Turnout NYC  provided infrastructure support for New York City-based cultural organizations, while expanding access to free local arts programming in public spaces.

Led by the Design Trust and SITU, the project prototyped flexible and semi-permanent outdoor venues in collaboration with community partners from each borough, using a traveling “Kit-of-Parts” to create public infrastructure.

In the summer of 2022, Turnout NYC was successfully deployed in all five boroughs of NYC across varied space typologies — a cul-de-sac in Brooklyn, a historic park in Staten Island, a de-mapped street in Queens, under the train tracks in Harlem, and an outdoor community campus in the Bronx — hosting over 100 free public events, supporting over 500 artists, and bringing community-led programming to thousands of audience members. 

This impact should be continued beyond a one-season initiative. Download the Turnout NYC report here to learn how.

Turnout NYC was supported by the Mellon Foundation and the ConEdison Arts Al Fresco Series.