Beam Center Open Call

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Beam Center seeks design proposals for ambitious public artworks that will be brought to life through collaborations between youth and creative big thinkers. Projects will be realized at each of our three 2022 Beam Project sites: in New Hampshire (NH), on Governors Island (GI), and in a local NYC community.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for any or all of these three sites. Winning proposals will be selected by a committee composed of Beam Center staff, youth, past project designers, and community members.

Project Sites:

Beam Project NH
● Location: Beam Camp in Strafford, NH
● Collaborators: 100 campers and 20+ staff
● Past projects: A Universe (2021), Iceberg (2019) and Time Tomb (2018)
Beam Project GI
● Location: Beam Camp City on Governors Island
● Collaborators: 300 campers, 20 Project Fellows and Staff
● Past projects: Constellation (2021)
Beam Project NYC
● Location: Bronx, NY
● Collaborators: 20 Youth Project Fellows and Beam Staff
● Past projects: FlipNYC (2019), BEACON (2020-2021)

The winning proposals for 2022 Beam Projects will be:

● Proposals from creative individuals and teams, including but not limited to Artists,
Designers, Architects, Builders, Engineers, Musicians, Fabricators & Technologists
● Visionary, never-before-realized ideas that culminate in unique, ambitious, and
spectacular artworks in a public space
● Proposals that communicate a clear vision (sketches, diagrams, and other visuals are
always helpful) and represent your/your team’s expertise
● We are especially looking for applicants who clearly communicate their personal
connection to NYC and who reflect the socio-ethnic backgrounds of NYC and Beam
Center youth
● Specific to Beam Project NH – Projects that:
○ are ambitious enough to occupy and challenge 100 campers and 20+ staff
members for approximately 50 hours
○ make use of Beam’s facilities, community, landscape and rural setting in
sustainable ways
○ use a range of materials, processes and techniques
○ allow us to create the majority of the components onsite and from scratch
● Specific to Beam Project GI and Beam Project NYC – Projects that:
○ can be made by hand at Beam Center facilities in Brooklyn and on GI
○ utilize a range of materials and a range of fabrication processes
○ allow for collaboration with Beam Center youth and staff
○ allow for adaptability to a New York City public site and permitting requirements

>>> Go to the competition’s website <<<