Our programs for public space


READ NYC is a pop-up, open-air reading room that offers a curated collection of books and a place to read together in public. Elements include:

  • a custom-designed cart and benches for seating;
  • 200+ high-quality books for all ages (picture books, art books, books about the city, poetry and more, in various languages), with special collections from NYC museums and bookstores;
  • a mini book review activity with instant photos for people to take home;
  • staff and volunteers to facilitate, and read aloud as needed.

The program can also involve NYC libraries as well as readings by authors, educators and students. More about READ NYC…


DRAW NYC is an open-air art studio that gives people access to fine art materials and a place to draw in public, connecting professional and student artists with the public, and exposing people to the creative effort of fellow New Yorkers.  Elements include:

  • a custom-designed cart and benches for seating;
  • high-quality paper, pencils, charcoal, drawing boards, and other tools for drawing; 
  • self-guided activities contributed by artists and illustrators;
  • artists-in-residence, working alongside the public;
  • a collection of art books;
  • a communal portfolio of drawings by New Yorkers;
  • staff, volunteers, and artists to facilitate.

More about DRAW NYC…


EXPLORE NYC is a hands-on science exhibit that brings the exploration of nature and science to the streets. Elements include:

  • a custom-designed cart and benches for seating;
  • specimens to explore, including rocks, feathers, bones, moss, water samples, and more;
  • a nature-sounds listening station;
  • microscopes and magnifying glasses;
  • water-color pencils, brushes, and instructions about techniques of biological drawing;
  • a nature rubbing activity;
  • science books to read;
  • staff, volunteers, and educators to facilitate.

The program has been developed in partnership with the Harlem-based HYPOTHEkids, a K-12 nonprofit science organization. More about EXPLORE NYC…


BUILD NYC is an installation of interactive building stations featuring a range of materials with which to build and design and engineering challenges that expose people to diverse works of architecture, design, engineering and construction. Elements include:

  • custom-designed carts, with table-surfaces for building and benches for seating;
  • building blocks, Lego, Imagination Playground blocks, MagnaTiles, and more;
  • paper, pencils, stamps, and stencils;
  • self-guided activities contributed by architects, engineers, and educators;
  • books on architecture and engineering;
  • staff and volunteers to facilitate.

More about BUILD NYC…


SOLVE NYC is a puzzle station, with unique and unusual puzzles of all kinds. Elements include:

  • a custom-designed cart, benches for seating, and table-surfaces for puzzling;
  • puzzles that challenge people’s math and spatial reasoning abilities, with special activities curated by mathematicians, scientists, and organizations;
  • tables and trays for activities;
  • staff, volunteers, and educators to facilitate.

More about SOLVE NYC…