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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. MTA MUSIC Audition and Audition Application dates: TBD.
To apply for the Music Under New York (MTA MUSIC) Live Audition, 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: email@example.com
MTA Arts & Design seeks images of artists’ previous work to review in consideration for a new site-specific permanent artwork, in conjunction with the Park Avenue Viaduct (PAV) Replacement project at East 116th Street in Manhattan. The PAV Replacement Project focuses on the elevated steel structure that carries four tracks along Park Avenue between East 110th Street and the Harlem River Lift Bridge. The MTA’s Construction & Development (MTA C&D) and Metro-North Railroad (MNR) team will replace segments of the PAV from East 115th Street to 123rd Street for Phase 1.
The new MTA A&D permanent artwork will be fabricated in durable materials, such as metal. An approved fabricator will be translating the final artwork designs into the identified media, however an artist’s prior experience with these materials and technical complexity will be preferred when reviewing images.
The budget for design and fabrication of the artwork is to be determined and will include an artist fee. As part of this fee, the selected artist will be required to submit a budget, produce final designs, select a fabricator and oversee the fabrication and installation of the artwork, with project management by MTA Arts & Design.
A selection panel comprised of arts and design professionals will select finalists to develop original art proposals. Finalists will be given site specifications and a detailed overview of the project to create a proposal for site-specific artwork at the station, for which they will receive a proposal payment of $2,000. Following the selection panel’s review of proposals, one artist will be selected to receive the commission.
Eligibility is based upon artistic merit as evidenced in previous work, exhibition history, awards, honors, and publications, and demonstrated proficiency and technical knowledge of the medium(s) in which the artist regularly works. Artists must be available to work in New York during the required design and construction period (2023-27).
It is also preferred that the qualified artists have the ability to understand the context of the unique characteristics and diversity of the East Harlem communities within which this project is located, and to integrate these elements into the artwork, and experience working with community groups and making public presentations.
Submit up to 20 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 program at mtaarts.submittable.com.
Submissions must be complete by 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, February 15, 2023.
Left: Damien Davis, Empirical Evidence, 2021, aluminum, 3rd Avenue Bridge, Mount Vernon, MNR
Right: Terry Adkins, Harlem Encore, 1999, aluminum, Harlem-125th Street, MNR
MTA MUSIC AUDITION APPLICATIONS
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). MTA MUSIC holds an Audition to add new performers to its roster. Applications will be reviewed and approximately 65 eligible performers will be selected and contacted to participate in the Audition, held for one day.
During the Audition, 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. Through MTA MUSIC, performers call in or “book” their own performances every two weeks.
Your performance for the Audition 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.
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