NYC’s Lower East Side has always been shaped by the history and presence of Black communities. Yet for most New Yorkers, these histories are hidden or unacknowledged.
The creation of the Chrystie Street African Burial Ground by the African Society after the Chambers Street burial ground was closed, the early legacies of ‘half freedom’ and Black land ownership, the African Free Schools of the 18th century, the mixed-race dance halls on the Bowery, and the impact of the Draft Riots are central narratives for building a true understanding of the Lower East Side and New York City. These stories require new and creative methods for being shared with the general public.
As part of this effort, FABnyc is issuing an open call to artists to create an art installation at M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden to memorialize the Chrystie Street African Burial Ground.
The proposed project should honor the former Chrystie Street African Burial Ground and advance public understanding of the history and presence of Black communities in the Lower East Side.
The selection committee is open to creative proposals of all kinds. We are particularly interested in an installation that can be long-lasting and/or renewed over time and which can be sited within or at the perimeter of M’Finda Kalunga Garden.
Proposals may include elements created by 1 or several artists. If applying as a group/collective, one proposal detailing all elements should be submitted.