7. Increase the accessibility of public and private spaces and facilities to community-based artists and organizations
A Genuine Mix of Uses > Recommendations

There are many ways in which local groups can gain access to existing non-traditional spaces for artistic and cultural expression. For example, the City should create more opportunities to establish ongoing workspaces in city-owned property, including NYCHA, through long-term leases nonprofit partnerships, and RFPs.1)For more on this, see the Infrastructure section of this planning framework for a recommendation about creating “Superschools.” City agencies should also facilitate and support partnerships with community cultural groups to make construction sites and scaffolding bridges sites for public art. Finally, space-sharing agreements between private and public sector parties that facilitate community uses should be encouraged.

Also, a standing public art program should be part of the proposed Gowanus Greenscape (which is recommended in the Infrastructure chapter). This could also potentially meet a historic interpretation goal, if for example, the dismantled Kentile sign were part of the installation.

 

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1. For more on this, see the Infrastructure section of this planning framework for a recommendation about creating “Superschools.”