Natalie Raben
nraben@lowereastside.org
Works in New York, New York United States of America

BIO
The Lower East Side Business Improvement District (LES BID) was established in 1992 as a nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to revitalizing the Orchard Street Shopping District by providing a variety of services to promote economic activity and improve the quality of life in the Lower East Side.

The LES BID area covers some other parts of the Lower East Side in addition to Orchard Street (from East Houston to Canal Street) Additional areas include Delancey Street from Allen to Suffolk Street; Grand Street from Forsyth to Ludlow Street; East Houston Street (south side) from Allen to Ludlow Street; and portions of Stanton, Rivington, Broome and Hester Streets.

Efforts are tailored toward assisting property owners and merchants who are in the Lower East Side Business Improvement District, and improving the overall quality of life in the community.

Services provided by the LES BID include:

-Beautification efforts including street cleaning, graffiti removal, tree plantings, and holiday decorative lighting installations;
Economic development and business assistance in the form of storefront, security camera, and website development grants; and
-Validated 2-hour free parking for shoppers, as well as discounted rates for merchants.
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OPPORTUNITY

100 GATES / 100 Murals / 100 Days - LES Public Art Project


Deadline:
Mon Apr 20, 2015 00:00

100 GATES is a neighborhood-wide mural installation project that connects artists with opportunities for public art on the roll down security gates belonging to businesses in the LES. The project began in summer, 2014 with 10 successful installations, to date. We will spend the winter connecting artists with businesses, with installations timed to take place during May, June and July. There are tons of opportunities for artists to get on board with 100 Gates. Please apply here: http://www.100gates.nyc/get-involved-artist/

Email Natalie Raben with questions about the project: nraben@lowereastside.org


OPPORTUNITY

Open Call for LES Artwork to be Displayed in 1st Ever Whole Foods Market® Bowery Pop-Up Gallery


Deadline:
Mon Aug 18, 2014 00:00

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

In a partnership with Whole Foods Market® Bowery, the LES BID is inviting interested artists to submit their work for consideration to be featured in the first ever pop-up gallery that will be taking place on the second floor mezzanine at Whole Foods Market Bowery.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The Lower East Side Business Improvement District and Whole Foods Market® Bowery are seeking submissions from visual artists that have ties to the Lower East Side. In your project description, please elucidate upon what your connection is to this neighborhood. We would like to see artwork that is somehow based on these ties to the Lower East Side – artwork that speaks to either or both the past and present of this neighborhood. Submissions can run the full range – whether that’s portrait, graphic, painting, photography etc. Abstract art submissions will be considered, but are not preferred. Only submissions for visual art that can be hung or displayed on an easel will be accepted. Each individual submission must be no larger than 4′ x 4′, but artwork is not required to be square. The artwork will be displayed in that state in which it is submitted, so please plan to represent your work as such.

Five winners will be selected by a community panel and will go on to have his or her work on display for one full month in a pop-up gallery, located in the second floor space at Whole Foods Market Bowery. The contest will conclude on Monday, August 18th and winners will be privately and individually notified no later than August 25th. These winners will then be announced to the public on Thursday, September 4th in a joint celebration between Whole Foods Market and the Lower East Side BID, and this pop-up gallery will go on to be included as a participating gallery in the third annual LES Opening Night: Art + Fashion event, a celebration of fall art openings as well as a fashion show that takes place on Orchard Street on Sunday, September 7th.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

8/18/2014

SPACE AVAILABILITY:

The artwork will be displayed in a pop-up gallery in the second floor of Whole Foods Market Bowery for one month.

LOCATION SPECS:

The artwork will be displayed in the state it is submitted, whether that's via easel or hung on a wall. Based on this, the artwork must be submitted in a ready to mount or display state. The size of the display area in the pop-up gallery is 19'x10'. The pop-up gallery area will be cordoned off by stanchions and Whole Foods Market Bowery employs security personnel that roam the store, including this area. While we will do our best to keep the artwork safe with stanchions and store security, neither Whole Foods Market Bowery nor the LES BID will be held responsible for any lost/stolen or damaged artwork. Artists who are selected will be required to fill out an Indemnification form before his or her work can be displayed. Artists interested in submitting his or her work must keep top of mind the fact that this pop-up gallery will be taking place in an area that is extremely dense with foot traffic.

GUIDELINES / RESTRICTIONS:

In your artwork submission, please be sure to elaborate upon both your connections to the Lower East Side, as well as how that is represented with your submission, that you would like to be published on display next to your work. Artwork is required to be visual, and can be no larger than 4'x4'. Submissions can run the full range – whether that’s portrait, graphic, painting, photography etc. Abstract art submissions will be considered, but are not preferred. Make sure you plan to submit your work in a ready-to-display state.

BUDGET / STIPEND:

Whole Foods Market Bowery has a No Solicitation policy. Therefore, the sale of artwork cannot take place on Whole Foods Market Bowery premises. However, winners will be allowed to provide information on how the public can purchase the artwork or obtain more information about the artist/work. This information will be made clearly available to the public.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

This is the first of a series of open calls for visual art that will be executed via the partnership of Whole Foods Market Bowery and the Lower East Side Business Improvement District.


OPPORTUNITY

LES Delancy St Plaza: History Tribute Fence


Deadline:
Mon Apr 15, 2013 16:20

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

The Lower East Side Business Improvement District, in partnership with ArtHere.org, is looking for artists to submit creative proposals for a History Tribute Fence to be located in the newly opened LES Delancy St Public Plazas on Delancey Street between Essex and Clinton Streets, at the foot of the Williamsburg bridge. The South side of these plazas are bordered by 200' worth of fences where this installation will take place.

We are requesting that artists come up with ideas that honor the history of the Lower East Side, by paying special tribute to the cultural institutions that pepper the area (Tenement Museum, Eldridge Street Museum, etc.). Anyone can respond to the proposal (galleries and students included) and deadline for submission is April 15th. We are offering a $5,000 stipend for this project.

The location of this installation is especially noteworthy since it is the point of passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is the last thing that people will lay their eyes on before leaving Manhattan and 200,000 sets of eyes pass through this area daily.


OPPORTUNITY

LES Delancy St Plaza: History Tribute Fence


Deadline:
Mon Apr 15, 2013 16:20

Location:
New York, New York
United States of America

The Lower East Side Business Improvement District, in partnership with ArtHere.org, is looking for artists to submit creative proposals for a History Tribute Fence to be located in the newly opened LES Delancy St Public Plazas on Delancey Street between Essex and Clinton Streets, at the foot of the Williamsburg bridge. The South side of these plazas are bordered by 200' worth of fences where this installation will take place.

We are requesting that artists come up with ideas that honor the history of the Lower East Side, by paying special tribute to the cultural institutions that pepper the area (Tenement Museum, Eldridge Street Museum, etc.). Anyone can respond to the proposal (galleries and students included) and deadline for submission is April 15th. We are offering a $5,000 stipend for this project.

The location of this installation is especially noteworthy since it is the point of passage between Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is the last thing that people will lay their eyes on before leaving Manhattan and 200,000 sets of eyes pass through this area daily.