OPEN Updates for May

54 Noll Community Murals In Full Swing

OPEN has selected some very talented local artists to create the murals in the publicly visible spaces of 54 Noll:

Meet The Muralists (from left): Rah Crawford, Ellie Balk, Gera Lanzo and Flako Jimenez

Meet The Muralists (from left): Rah Crawford, Ellie Balk, Gera Lanzo and Flako Jimenez

· Gera Lanzo in collaboration with Modesto “Flako” Jimenez

· Rah Crawford

· Ellie Balk

Gera and Flako prepared 3 designs that were voted on by the local community at our "Meet the Muralist" event last weekend; the winner is a beautiful design that captures the hopes for the future of the Bushwick community.

Rah Crawford has created an alluring design that expresses the unity of the Bushwick community, called “We Are Golden – Somos Oro”.

Ellie Balk depicts a map of Bushwick in her eye-catching abstract design, while the choice of colors thoughtfully emphasizes the complex emotions associated with the place people call home.

Each artist will begin work this week to ensure the murals will be completed for the development opening at the end of June. Once it opens, the public can view the murals from the comfort of the community green and retail spaces.

OPEN Hosts Successful Community Events in May

As part of the mural production, events are being held to engage the local community in the process, in the mural designs, and with the artists.  The “Meet the Muralist” event was held at the Bushwick Public Library on May 19th, where the muralists presented their designs and talked about their involvement with the Denizen project, their passion for their art, and other work in the community. The attendees had the chance to vote on Gera and Flako’s designs; the winner will be installed at the Denizen development.

On May 20th, OPEN sponsored an interactive performance art event at the BogArt Studios in Bushwick. The Color of Emotions was facilitated by Ellie Balk (a Denizen muralist) in collaboration with Barcelona photographer Olga de la Iglesia and Paris filmmaker Anna Senno. Participants wore white clothing and, using their bodies as canvas, painted themselves with the colors from Ellie's Denizen mural, each of which represented a specific emotion. The participants were then interviewed about their self-painting process, and the footage will be used in a documentary that will be released at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo!

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Grant Program Moving Forward

We have received the proposal submissions for the 2018 Grant Program.  The winners will be selected in mid-June and notified by the end of the month.

OPEN's Happenings in Bushwick

OPEN's Grant Program Underway

OPEN's grant program, which seeks to support the endeavors of local creative organizations and solo artists, called for applicants to submit their original and imaginative projects for consideration.  After receiving a diverse group of exciting concepts, OPEN has narrowed its list, selecting a small, but talented pool  of candidates. 

The Board will contact all contenders by March 1 to request a more formal and detailed proposal, each of which will be considered on the four main factors: arts, design and technology, use of open space, and opportunity for community engagement. 

Next steps will be the submission of final proposals and the review by an independent panel. 

The winning organization will be selected by August 2018 and will be announced to all in September. We will keep you posted.

OPEN Public Art Projects - Bushwick Rheingold Brewery Development

OPEN is currently engaged in large-scale projects within the Rheingold brewery development in Bushwick, Brooklyn NY.  The goal of the projects is to incorporate art into the public space that can be created and appreciated by the local community. 

The art projects include 3 murals which are the full height of the residential buildings (6 - 7 stories) and are visible from the public parks within the development, 1 ceiling mural that is located within the public park, and 5 sculpture installations throughout the public park that runs between the two buildings in the development. 

OPEN is currently seeking local artists and organizations to design the murals while engaging the community in the creative process. The murals are intended to create opportunities for artists, in partnership with the community, to have a sense of belonging and ownership in the public spaces surrounding the Rheingold development, as well as to leave a lasting creative mark on the changing landscape of the neighborhood. March 19th is the deadline for the proposal applications for 3 of the murals due for completion in May. If you or someone you know may be interested in submitting a proposal, please contact us at 

We look forward to sharing the progress from creation to completion through the blog and via social media.