Design Trust for Public Space, SITU


Thank you to our Cultural Community Partners and Artist Advisory Council. Meet the full project team.


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

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

What can the city learn from creating new venues and empowering community anchors? Read the final report here.

In collaboration with community partners from within each borough, Turnout NYC created a new cultural production model that provided resources for local arts programming. 

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. Based on project evaluation, Turnout NYC impacted the city's cultural landscape by empowering historically under-resourced artists, expanding opportunities to experience arts and culture, and serving as an advocacy platform toward a more vibrant, equitable, and resilient NYC. We are convinced that such an impact should continue beyond this one-season initiative.

This report revisits the success of the project and a vision for the future of hyperlocal arts support in New York City.

Table of Contents

What Happened
Goals of the Project
Bases for Decision Making
Community Cultural Partners
The Future
Propositions for the Future
Online Links
Operations Manual

Where To Buy

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