Staten Island’s bustling North Shore waterfront area, known for its active art scene, is set to become even more vibrant thanks to some targeted community planning. A collaboration between Design Trust for Public Space and Staten Island Arts, Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront is a new multi-year project aimed at bringing together local artists and community members, developers, and NYC agencies in order to create long-term strategies for public space in the area through neighborhood revitalization, sustainability, and equitable economic development.
The project is focusing on Staten Island’s waterfront area, which includes the St. George, Tompkinsville, and Stapleton neighborhoods. These areas are home to hundreds of artists and art organizations that are very active in the community. However, artistic ventures often clash with private development projects and government initiatives.
To avoid this common problem, the organizers behind the Future Growth initiative will work with artists, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and local developers to produce long-term urban design and planning strategies that benefit the local community, especially in terms of public space. In bringing these groups together, project organizers hope to create a symbiotic environment that ensures the social, ethnic, and economic diversity of the community for years to come.
As part of the ambitious project, Design Trust for Public Space and Staten Island Arts will award four fellowships in participatory art, urban design, policy, and graphic design. Those chosen will help lead the research, design, and community engagement efforts for the project.
“With Future Culture, we’re excited to forge new ground to connect the Staten Island arts community, North Shore waterfront developers, and key policy makers to envision new opportunities for public space. Capitalizing on the power of the arts to bring people together and drawing on local knowledge, we’ll get them actively involved in the development of their neighborhood together. We also hope our project will complement this rapid change and will spark new vitality and investment to benefit the entire community,” said Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space.
For more information on the fellowships application process, please visit the Design Trust website.
Lead image by MikeShane, via Staten Island Arts