“From coastal resiliency and sustainable green practices to the preservation of affordable housing, world-class public art, and vibrant, year-round programming in award-winning public spaces, Battery Park City leads the way in many of the measures that makes cities livable."

Raju Mann

President & CEO
  • 12/22
  • Art & Culture
  • Community
  • Urban Planning


$350,000 Grant from the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, to support a new temporary public art installation in 2022

Battery Park City is home to a world-renowned collection of public art, a central and foundational element of our thriving 92-acre neighborhood. From sculpture like Martin Puryear’s stately Pylons, to Mary Miss’ intriguingly beautiful land and water installation South Cove, to Agnes Denes’s pioneering environmental work, Wheatfield – A Confrontation, BPCA has a long history of presenting art from a diverse range of artists that powerfully transforms public space, encourages social cohesion, and promotes awareness about cultural, environmental and civic challenges.

As part of its strategic plan, BPCA has renewed its efforts, building on its legacy as a place that cultivates the art of our time, evidenced by recent temporary installations such as Sunrise/Sunset (Revolution) by Autumn Ewalt and Dharmesh Patel, the debut of Blessing of the Boats by Muna Malik, and The House That Will Not Pass For Any Color Than Its Own by Mildred Howard. BPCA is continuing to develop its pipeline of temporary public art that inspires and informs the public across the neighborhood’s inviting open spaces. In recognition of its efforts in this regard, BPCA in 2021 was awarded $350,000 grant from the Art for Justice Fund, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, which supports the creation of art that changes the narrative around mass incarceration, giving voice to people erased from this conversation and creating the compassion and empathy necessary to drive social change. In 2022 BPCA will work with a critically-acclaimed artist on a new commission of temporary art that will open in Battery Park City next summer and remain on view for one year.

The Art for Justice Fund is a grant-making organization focused on ending mass incarceration and underlying racial bias through art and advocacy. Through their partnerships with public benefit organizations, such as BPCA, the Art for Justice Fund is able to support reform efforts and repeal excessive prison sentences and incarceration laws while working with their grantee partners to reinvest towards justice on a local level for those hit hardest by poverty, violence, and incarceration.

Public art can challenge and inspire us. Battery Park City embraces opportunities to enliven the public realm with compelling art, expand free access to art and continue to be fertile ground for creativity and reflection.

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