In partnership with

SITU and J. Ember Design

Project Area: Five Boroughs

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The Design Trust for Public Space is collaborating with SITU, an architectural practice centered on social and creative impact, on a major, citywide effort to connect artists to the potential of public space, through new partnerships and infrastructure

Turnout NYC is a community-oriented initiative that will provide infrastructure support for New York City-based arts and cultural organizations while expanding access to the arts across the city. The venture will create flexible and semi-permanent outdoor venues—one in each borough— in collaboration with cultural partners from within each community. 

By hosting 150-200 events and featuring up to 1,500 artists from throughout the city upon the completion of its 2022 season, Turnout NYC will affect long-term change and advance a new model of community-driven cultural production. Beyond hosting a summer of creative events for New Yorkers, the five sites will support equitable access to the arts and provide infrastructure for artists, especially Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous, and other historically marginalized peoples. The initiative will purposefully seek to advance these venues as part of a larger effort to distribute open-source design knowledge, advocate for structural changes in the city’s cultural policies, and to build a connected cohort of emerging arts and design professionals.

Find programming and learn more at: www.turnoutnyc.org

Turnout NYC is led by the Design Trust and SITU, with our Public Space Design Advisor and member of the core design team, J. Ember Design. Guided by an Advisory Committee of NYC cultural leaders, such as National Black Theatre CEO Sade Lythcott, Queens Theatre Executive Director Taryn Sacramone, and other New York based creatives, Turnout NYC recognizes that arts organizations and artists are critical anchors in the city’s recovery and long-term health. In each borough, Turnout NYC works with a local Community Cultural Partner to connect local cultural practices and lift up community networks. 

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

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Research and Piloting

July 2021

Turnout NYC kicks off its first season in partnership with Queens Theatre, presenting a season of free performances and cultural programming on a new, purpose-built outdoor stage created by SITU in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Turnout NYC 2022 Launches

April 2022

The Design Trust for Public Space and SITU announce the launch of Turnout NYC, a community-oriented initiative that will expand access to the arts within under-invested neighborhoods and amplify local artists of color and historically marginalized peoples. Read the Press Release

Summer 2022 Programming

June 2022

By hosting 150-200 events and featuring up to 1,500 artists from throughout the city upon the completion of its 2022 season, Turnout NYC will affect long-term change and advance a new model of community-driven cultural production. 

Our first event is scheduled for June 2022. Check www.turnoutnyc.org/events for updates.

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