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ABOUT THE PROJECT

  • The Artist-Designed Bike Rack Project is a public art project to create 6 artist-designed sculptural bike racks sited around the City of Newburgh.

  • The project will promote environmental protection, sustainable transportation, physical fitness, and activation of vacant City-owned sites.

  • This project is funded by the Newburgh Arts + Cultural Commission (NACC) and by grants secured by NYS Senator James Skoufis from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

  • NACC is working in partnership with the City of Newburgh and the Orange County Arts Council to manage and execute this project.

  • NACC has sought input from the Newburgh Transportation Advisory Committee, Critical Mass Newburgh, and community members. We continue to welcome input from the community throughout each phase of this project.

 

PROJECT TIMELINE

  • January 2021 — Orange County Arts Council (OCAC), in partnership with Newburgh Arts + Cultural Commission (NACC), submits for $50K in discretionary funds under the authority of Senator Skoufis’ Legislative Fund intended for a series of Sculptural Bike Racks throughout the City of Newburgh. It’s determined the City of Newburgh will apply through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY).

  • April 2021 — NYS House approves budget for the Office of Senator Skoufis, which includes an additional $16K to cover project management costs in their house budget request. The intention is for OCAC to serve as the project administrator. The funds come from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

  • December 2021 — NACC receives approval for the project from the City of Newburgh and votes to contract with OCAC to oversee administration of the project.

  • December 2021 — OCAC submits application to DASNY to obtain the $50K in initial funding.

  • February 2022 — NACC approves $30K of its budget to cover artist fees for 6 sculptural bike racks. Funding completed.

  • October 2022 — Critical Mass hosts the Artist Bike Rack Site Tour, a public tour of potential bike rack sites followed by a community discussion led by Aliza Schiff, consultant to OCAC. Event is open to the public and riders of all ages, experiences, and abilities are welcome.

  • December 2022 — Open Call for Artists to submit proposals for bike rack designs.

  • Spring 2023 — Manufacturing and installation of bike racks.

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