Art can be found anywhere and everywhere, from Museums, to Art exhibitions, even in parks. Art in the Park which was first founded in New York City in 1967 will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year! What exactly is Arts in the Park? It is a program that is part of the NYC Park system. NYC Park system currently oversees more than 30,000 acres of land throughout New York City. If we are talking numbers that is about 14% of the entire city. Their job is to create and sustain thriving parks, public spaces and recreational amenities. They are also responsible for building and sustaining a park system for both present day and future generations. In doing so they have brought to life the Art In the Park Program. This program allows for the collaboration of a diverse collection of art organizations, and artists to join forces and display experimental and traditional art in many public parks throughout the city. Art is displayed in prominent flagship parks, your neighborhood parks and playgrounds and other public spaces. The exhibitions last for a little under a year usually ranging in display for 3 to 6 months. In celebrating their 50th anniversary this year they will have displayed more than 2,000 works of outdoor art across the entire city.
So as you can see art can be found virtually anywhere. The beauty of art is that it speaks to each person individually and can be interpreted differently by everyone. Art in the park allows for nature and the beauty of a nice park to coincide with the creative talents and beauty that is brought to life by local artists. A stroll through the park observing the beauty of different art pieces is an enjoyable date for just about anyone. With no cost to the observer it is one of life’s simple pleasures and moments of beauty. Way to go NYC Parks!