MTA Arts & Design (A&D) encourages the use of mass transit in the metropolitan New York area with engaging visual and performing arts and design within the transit environment. A&D’s permanent percent-for-art program, temporary digital art, graphic art, photography, live musical performances and Poetry in Motion are experienced by the 8.5 million people who ride MTA subways and trains daily. Our diverse programs strive to create meaningful connections among sites, neighborhoods, and people. For more information, visit MTA Arts & Design, search #mtaarts on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter.
Please scroll down to view current Calls for Submissions to A&D programs
Permanent Art Call for Images
To apply to a Permanent Art Call for Images, click Submit next to the opportunities listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration.
Download Call for Images Frequently Asked Questions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware of deadlines (Midnight EST on the date listed) and note that if you are interested in more than one Call listed below, you will need to apply to each Call separately.
Digital Art Call for Submissions
To apply to the Digital Art Call for Submissions, click Submit next to the opportunity listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration.
Download Call for Submissions Frequently Asked Questions, or email email@example.com. Please be aware of deadlines (Midnight EST on the date listed).
Music Under New York Call for Performers
MTA Music Under New York (MTA MUSIC) applications will only be accepted online via Submittable. Online application is available January 1 through March 20, 2020.
To apply for the Music Under New York (MTA MUSIC) Live Auditions, click Submit next to the opportunity listed below. You will be prompted to enter contact information, and upload materials for consideration:
- short online application form;
- up to 2 sample audio files not exceeding 5 minutes in length;
- links to streaming video clips (recommended) and optional materials such as links to website, social media accounts;
- applicants under 18 MUST include a valid Employment for Child Performer permit.
For any questions about using this site, contact Submittable’s customer support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Under New York (MTA MUSIC) is one of many visual and performing arts programs administered by Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design (MTA A&D). Once a year, MTA MUSIC holds auditions to add new performers to its roster. Applications will be reviewed and approximately 65 eligible performers will be selected and contacted to participate in live auditions, held for one day.
During the auditions, a panel of musicians, music industry professionals, MTA representatives, community arts organizations members and others will judge each five minute performance on the criteria of quality, variety, and appropriateness for the mass transit environment including number of performers, space requirements, instruments, professionalism and volume. MTA MUSIC performers are not paid (except for special events), but may accept donations from the public. As a MTA MUSIC member, performers call in or “book” their own performances every two weeks.
Your performance for the auditions MUST be the same as your subway performance with respect to group size and volume. Subway performers must abide by all rules and regulations as posted on the MTA website. Please see the MTA Rules Of Conduct, section 1050.6. Please read the rules carefully before auditioning. Download Call for Performers Frequently Asked Questions.
MTA Arts & Design invites new media artists to submit artwork to be considered for upcoming digital art installations and opportunities at Fulton Center in lower Manhattan. Artists with prior experience in multiple channel installation, and capable of creating a dynamic environment with moving images, are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that artists experience the digital art installations at Fulton Center prior to applying. The program runs for two minutes at the top of every hour throughout the Fulton Center complex and the Dey Street pedestrian tunnel that connects multiple New York City Transit lines to the World Trade Center PATH station. Fulton Center houses 52 fully-integrated digital signage networks of display screens and walls. The display duration for potential installations is expected to be a minimum of three months. Commissioned projects may be assigned to additional digital assets throughout the MTA network. Technical specifications for digital assets will be provided upon artist selection.
A selection panel comprised of arts and design professionals will review submitted materials and select finalists to develop art proposals for digital art programming throughout 2019. Finalists will be given a detailed overview of the technical and site specifications to create a site-specific proposal, for which they will receive an honorarium. Project budgets for commissioned artists will be determined depending on the nature of the project, which may include pre- and post-production. As part of the project budget, the selected artist(s) will be required to oversee the production and installation of the artwork, with project management by MTA Arts & Design. Eligibility is based upon artistic merit as evidenced in previous work, exhibition history, awards, honors, and demonstrated proficiency and technical knowledge of digital and new media. Artists working primarily in other mediums are welcome to apply, provided they submit a detailed explanation of technical expertise and/or collaboration with technical partners within the application.
Submit up to 5 completed works in dynamic format and up to 10 still images at mtaarts.submittable.com, along with a short application form, a bio, CV, and brief artist statement. All artists interested in being considered for projects must apply through the online platform at mtaarts.submittable.com. Submissions must be complete by 11:59 pm EST on Monday, March 30, 2020. Please direct all inquiries to email@example.com. Review and download our Frequently Asked Questions, and direct any inquiries to MTA Arts & Design: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Submittable’s customer support: email@example.com.
Ezra Wube, Fulton Flow, 2019, digital animation, Fulton Center; Rashaad Newsome, Set Pieces, 2019, video, Fulton Center.
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