Call to Artists

Issued by
NEW YORK, NY 10031

Recognizing the powerful synergies between housing, education and the arts, Broadway Housing Communities programs strengthen individuals, families and entire communities.

Since 1983, Broadway Housing Communities has developed permanent, affordable housing for some of New York’s poorest individuals and families; created an award-winning early childhood center; provided mentoring and support services for adults, children and families; and enhanced entire communities through engagement with the cultural arts.

Sugar Hill, at 404 West 155th Street in Harlem, is BHC’s most ambitious undertaking to date and the organization’s first new-construction project. Broadway Housing Communities’ Sugar Hill Project will transform an underutilized site in Harlem into a vibrant community resource providing 124 units of permanent, affordable housing, expanded early childhood education programs and an engaging children’s museum of art and storytelling.

At the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, visual arts and storytelling will blend dynamically to attract and engage children and families as well as a broader audience of school groups, artists and educators. Art educators and curatorial leadership will nurture and deepen the natural creativity of children and engage the wider community. Rather than a static permanent collection, the Museum will take a Kunsthalle approach, drawing together exhibitions from the collections of established museums and private collections to promote diverse and inclusive genres inspirational to children.

Broadway Housing Communities is seeking local, professional visual artists to develop a creative project that encompasses art and storytelling. The overarching goal of this collaborative project is to engage children and their caregivers in an intergenerational, artistic experience that expresses the diversity and vibrancy of the Harlem community. The project must have the capability to be created in collaboration with a maximum of four other artists and the public over the course of a day.

The competition is open locally to professional visual artists with a minimum of five years experience working with school children, community-based art organizations, and other non-profit agencies. It is also important that the artist(s) be familiar with the Harlem community and comfortable collaborating with other artists.

Application Deadline:   November 30, 2012
Announcement of Selected Project:   December 15, 2012
Project Implementation:   Late January/February 2013

Four finalists will be selected based on the appropriateness of the proposed projects. An honorarium of $1500 will be paid for each selected proposal. Only two artist proposals will be chosen for implementation.


  1. Artist Submission Form (click to open)
  2. One page Letter of Intent describing proposed project.
    Describe in detail the approach to engage the community/other artists/storytellers. Outline the benefits to all participants as well as the larger community.
    Letter of Intent should be labeled: lastname_firstname_letterofintent.pdf/doc/docx
  3. Current resume/CV highlighting artistic experience (education, employment history, exhibitions.)
    Resume/CV should be labeled: lastname_firstname_resume.pdf/doc/docx
  4. 5-10 digital images of previous work. All images must be jpegs in a zipped file of no more than 10MB.
    All images should be clearly labeled: lastname_firstname_imagenumber.jpeg
    Zip file should be named:

Email Artist Submission Form, Letter of Intent, Resume/CV, and Images to

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