beam project open call

Beam Center Open Call

Submission: September 12, 2021
Registration: September 12, 2021
Language: English
Location: USA
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Beam Center seeks design proposals for ambitious public artworks that will be brought to life through collaborations between youth and creative big thinkers. Projects will be realized at each of our three 2022 Beam Project sites: in New Hampshire (NH), on Governors Island (GI), and in a local NYC community.

Artists are invited to submit proposals for any or all of these three sites. Winning proposals will be selected by a committee composed of Beam Center staff, youth, past project designers, and community members.

Project Sites:

Beam Project NH
Location: Beam Camp in Strafford, NH
Collaborators: 100 campers and 20+ staff
Past projects: A Universe (2021), Iceberg (2019) and Time Tomb (2018)
Beam Project GI
Location: Beam Camp City on Governors Island
Collaborators: 300 campers, 20 Project Fellows and Staff
Past projects: Constellation (2021)
Beam Project NYC
Location: Bronx, NY
Collaborators: 20 Youth Project Fellows and Beam Staff
Past projects: FlipNYC (2019), BEACON (2020-2021)

The winning proposals for 2022 Beam Projects will be:

Proposals from creative individuals and teams, including but not limited to Artists,
Designers, Architects, Builders, Engineers, Musicians, Fabricators & Technologists
Visionary, never-before-realized ideas that culminate in unique, ambitious, and
spectacular artworks in a public space
Proposals that communicate a clear vision (sketches, diagrams, and other visuals are
always helpful) and represent your/your team’s expertise
We are especially looking for applicants who clearly communicate their personal
connection to NYC and who reflect the socio-ethnic backgrounds of NYC and Beam
Center youth
Specific to Beam Project NH – Projects that:
are ambitious enough to occupy and challenge 100 campers and 20+ staff
members for approximately 50 hours
make use of Beam’s facilities, community, landscape and rural setting in
sustainable ways
use a range of materials, processes and techniques
allow us to create the majority of the components onsite and from scratch
Specific to Beam Project GI and Beam Project NYC – Projects that:
can be made by hand at Beam Center facilities in Brooklyn and on GI
utilize a range of materials and a range of fabrication processes
allow for collaboration with Beam Center youth and staff
allow for adaptability to a New York City public site and permitting requirements


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