Our work at NYC Parks

New York City has one of the largest urban parks systems in the US. Parks take up nearly 14% of the city’s land, providing critical open space for residents. New urban parks initiatives around the country are raising awareness about the potential for parks to do even more, bringing people together and bridging divides. Through our work in parks, the Uni Project aims to be a part of that movement here in NYC.

Since 2015, the Uni Project has partnered with NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) to bring its unique portable learning environments to parks designated for investment as a part of the city’s Community Parks Initiative (CPI). Through CPI, the city is working with communities to create thriving public spaces through capital improvements, enhanced public programming, and capacity-building work with local groups to care for and better use parks in low-income, dense, and growing neighborhoods that have not seen significant capital investment in a generation. More recently, we focused our collaboration on some public pools, where thousands of New York City kids receive free meals daily.

We currently schedule most of our work in parks during the summer months when kids are out of school, targeting low-income neighborhoods where the risk of “summer slide” is also greatest. Contact us if you know a park where you’d like us to pop-up, and see our calendar to learn more about our park schedule.

Our work in NYC parks has been generously supported in the past in part by Leaves of Grass Fund, and in Manhattan by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. Current support is limited and comes either from sources with a specific location or neighborhood focus, or otherwise from passionate individuals.

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Blog posts about our work in NYC Parks:

Wrapping up a residency in Washington Square Park

Our 2018 residency in Washington Square Park concluded today with an open-air drawing studio in the northwest corner of the park. Fine art materials from Blick Art Materials, an artist-in-residence, and special materials from The Drawing Center rounded out the...

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An hands-on exhibit about urban nature in NYC Chinatown

Our portable exhibit about urban nature returned to Sara D Roosevelt Park today, featuring bird specimens from WSP Eco Projects and biological drawing activities. Our fall residency in Chinatown continues thanks to the generosity of our individual donors...

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DRAW in Washington Square Park

Our residency in Washington Square Park rolls along, and today we switched things up to offer our DRAW program, a open-air art studio featuring fine art materials donated by Blick Art Materials, an artist-in-residence, and special materials contributed by The Drawing...

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Making a place for learning in NYC Chinatown

Our portable, hands-on exhibit about urban nature landed in Sara D Roosevelt Park as part of our fall residency in Chinatown. People tried biological drawing techniques using water color brushes donated by Blick Art Materials and examined urban bird specimens prepared...

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Fall residency launched in Washington Square Park

Today, the Uni Project returned to Washington Square Park to create an open-air exhibit about urban nature in the northwest corner of the park. We called it EXPLORE NYC, and our focus today was urban birds, presented in partnership with Washington Square Park Eco...

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