ISCP Participatory Projects

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgInitiated in 2011, Participatory Projects commissions and produces the work of ISCP current residents and alumni in the public realm. Through connecting residents to resources in the immediate neighborhood and Greater New York, Participatory Projects supports resident and alumni practices, strengthens the vitality of East Williamsburg and integrates residents’ work into the life of the city. Not limited to a singular form of social or public practice, ISCP is interested in responding to resident proposals, with a focus on temporary site-specific and time-based work. ISCP also solicits proposals for specific commissions and seeks out meaningful partnerships with other organizations, and provides funding for selected commissions.

This program was developed in response to the increase in resident proposals for creating new work in the public realm. Residents are often inspired by New York City, including ISCP’s immediate neighborhood of East Williamsburg. This section of Brooklyn contains one of the largest industrial zones in the city and is adjacent to a residential area with a population that is both diverse and engaged with strong local traditions. These elements contribute to a sense of open space and possibility now largely absent elsewhere in the city.