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Public Art For Public Schools

Public Art for Public Schools (PAPS), a unit within the New York City School Construction Authority, was established in 1989 to oversee the Department of Education’s collection of permanent artwork in the city’s schools. The program’s mission is to commission new projects for new schools, and to maintain and preserve artwork in existing schools. Our ultimate goal is for every school in the city to possess at least one professional artwork, thereby visually, artistically, and educationally enhancing school learning environments.

  • Bronx - Morris High School
  • Bronx - DeWitt Clinton High School
  • Bronx - DeWitt Clinton High School
  • New York - Washington Irving High School
  • New York - Washington Irving High School
  • New York - Washington Irving High School
  • New York - Washington Irving High School
  • New York - Washington Irving High School
  • Bronx - Morris H.S.
  • Bronx - Morris H.S.
  • Brooklyn - P.S. 380
  • Queens - H.S. for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture
  • Manhattan - P.S./I.S. 210
  • Manhattan - P.S./I.S. 210
  • Staten Island - New Dorp High School
  • Staten Island - New Dorp High School
  • Brooklyn - P.S. 138
  • Queens - P.S. 254

Public Art for Public Schools Programs

Percent for Art

In collaboration with the Percent for Art Program of the Department of Cultural Affairs, direct commissions are awarded to artists to create permanent artwork for new school buildings. Artists are selected by a panel that includes representatives from the Department of Education and arts professionals. The resulting artwork may take many forms, from traditional murals to environmental sculpture. In commissioning public art, PAPS considers numerous factors including durability, safety, and educational components. Artists are brought on early in the design process to maximize collaboration with the architects and to ensure compatibility and integration with the building.

Sites for Students

Through the Sites for Students program, school children are actively involved in the creation of permanent artwork for new school buildings. Artists are selected by a panel including representatives from the school, the Department of Education, and arts professionals. They are commissioned to teach workshops and collaborate with students in the conceptualization and creation of projects for these schools.

Adopt-an-Artwork

Public Art for Public Schools also oversees the distribution of art donated to the NYC public schools through corporate and private donors and manages the relocation of work from existing sites.

Conservation

As curator of a collection of nearly 1,500 objects dispersed throughout the NYC school system, Public Art for Public Schools oversees a range of services including a professional conservation program, a collection database, and curricular resources. Our aim is to preserve the many varied types of artworks ranging from Tiffany stained glass, painted and mosaic murals, sculpture, and painting; and to restore any damaged work to the best possible condition, so that staff and students may experience the work as originally intended.
 
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