Brooklyn-based architectural design practice SITU and the Design Trust for Public Space announced the launch of Turnout NYC, a community-driven initiative that aims to transform underutilized spaces into vibrant, accessible places for arts and culture. , while highlighting the underrepresented city of New York. based artists.
The program will support equitable access to the arts and provide infrastructure for artists, especially Black, Latinx, Asain, Indigenous, and other historically marginalized peoples. With guidance from an advisory board of New York City cultural leaders, including Queens Theater Executive Director Taryn Sacramone, National Black Theater CEO Sade Lythcott, Lucy Sexton of the New Yorkers for Culture and Arts, Ted Berger and other New York-based creators, Turnout NYC has partnered with community cultural partners based in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.
In the opening season, partners include Brownsville Community Justice Center in Brooklyn, Point CDC in the Bronx, Alice Austen House in Staten Island, Uptown Grand Central in Manhattan, and Queensboro Dance Festival in Queens. With these partners, the Turnout NYC team held a series of community workshops, site visits, and meetings to understand each site’s needs and priorities. In doing so, SITU has developed a kit of parts designed to be easily reconfigurable for a wide variety of programs and adaptable to a range of site conditions.
The four main elements include a modular stage, location marker, bench, and ramp, each of which has the ability to store secondary location-building components such as folding furniture and signage within them. When not in use for a Turnout NYC event, the kit is designed to be left outside as plaza furniture and used by members of the local community. After this inaugural summer season, the kit will be used as a place-making tool all year round.
“This initiative demonstrates how, by being flexible and creative in how we think about traditional performance venues, we can design our public spaces in a way that enriches the artistic and cultural life of New York, in every neighborhood,” said Basar. Girit, founding partner of SITU.
Turnout NYC’s lineup will be continually announced and updated on the program’s website here.