Open call for Art in the Parks: Active Open Space (RFP)

The Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC), on behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) in partnership with New York City Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks), currently seeks proposals from community-based organizations for Art in the Parks: Active Open Space, an initiative to activate designated park sites with health-inspired public art projects that promote physical activity and strengthen community connections. RFP LINK:

FPHNY will award contracts of up to $15,000 to up to 8 community-based organizations to support the design development and installation of public art projects that promote physical activity for an adult population in up to 8 designated parks sites in South Bronx, East Harlem and Central Brooklyn. Artworks may include murals, interactive sculpture, ground markings, or other design interventions that adhere to NYC Parks requirements (available online: and create a walkable destination.

NYC Parks has designated the following sites eligible:

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is not asking for submissions of public art, but rather for proposals describing the processes for artist selection, community engagement and artwork development and installation. Funding for these projects will be disbursed by FPHNY to eligible organizations based on their response to this RFP. The funding for this award is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Please find the RFP document containing additional information attached to this email.

The deadline for submission is May 17, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Proposals must be submitted via email as a PDF (Portable Document Format) to

Potential respondents may send any questions or comments to:

Attn: Melissa Stewart, Grant Associate

Subject: Inquiry: Art in the Park RFP


All questions related to this RFP must be received by May 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Responses to all programmatic and administrative questions will be posted on the FPHNYC website in the FAQ section (INSERT LINK/) by May 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST.

Below is a detailed timeline of events related to this Request for Proposals process. Unless otherwise specified, the time of day for the following events will be between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM EST.

Important Dates:

Event Date
Release of Request for Proposals April 28, 2017
Inquiry Period  for Questions April 28, 2017 to May 8, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST
RFP Q&A Responses Posted at May 10, 2017 by 5 PM EST
Deadline for Receipt of Proposals May 17, 2017 11:59 PM EST
Notice of Selection May 22, 2017
Contract Timeline All activities to be completed by September 29, 2017


Final Report October 21, 2017

This information is also available on FPHNYC’s website at:

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