Creative Time, the public arts non-profit that brought you Kara Walker’s A Subtlety and Duke Riley’s Fly By Night, invites you this July for our inaugural open call project with artist Risa Puno. She will debut her largest public project to date in the form of an escape room using puzzles and riddles to examine issues surrounding social dynamics. Her project was chosen from over 600 applications as part of our new programming dedicated to working with emerging artists — the first initiative of its kind in our 40 year history.
Behind every Creative Time project, we put all our resources: our team’s hard work and funding. We ensure artist's dreams come true and our projects remain, as always, free and open to the public-- it’s the Creative Time way. The escape room is a small group experience, focused on interpersonal exchange, and requires advanced booking. Today, we’re asking for your help to extend the project beyond our typical exhibition length.
A longer run means we can invite more people to experience Risa’s project, The Privilege of Escape, and offer tickets to new audiences. If we meet our Kickstarter goal of $20,000, the project can run for more days each week, with longer hours, and for a longer period this summer.
Don’t miss out yourself, and pass it forward by helping other people see it. You know our tickets go fast… Fly By Night had 2,000 birds in the sky and a 40,000 person wait list! Trust us, the FOMO is real.
We are covering the costs of the project’s production and run, but face a limited capacity. With your support, we’ll be able to extend the length of the project, allowing us to share this unique experience with as many people as possible.
By joining us now, you’re establishing a commitment not only to Risa’s project, but also towards our efforts to work with the next generation of socially engaged artists. In other words… we’re making a pretty awesome escape room, an emerging artist’s dream public project-turned real life commission-- we want you, your friends, their friends, and so on, to come and play with us!
We are a socially engaged public arts organization and an emerging artist coming together to talk about privilege and social dynamics through the creation of an escape room, which we hope you’ll be a part of.
Risa Puno is a sculpture and installation artist who uses interactivity and play to understand how we relate to one another. Often taking a whimsical form, Puno’s work creates accessible spaces to explore universal human conundrums. Puno has exhibited at national and international venues, including: The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, El Museo del Barrio, NURTUREart, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, SPACES in Cleveland, OH, Galerie Stefan Röpke in Cologne, Germany, and MMX Open Art Venue in Berlin, Germany. Puno is the recipient of multiple awards and residencies, including the UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant through the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. Puno’s work has been featured across radio and print, including NPR, Forbes, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, ProPublica, and The Boston Globe. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Puno studied art and medicine at Brown University and earned her MFA from New York University.
Since 1974, Creative Time has been presenting the most innovative art in the public realm, dedicated to providing new platforms to amplify artists’ voices. The New York based arts non-profit is committed to working with artists on the dialogues, debates, and dreams of our time, pioneering initiatives such as the Creative Time Summit, an international conference convening at the intersection of art and social justice. Since its inception, Creative Time has produced over 350 groundbreaking public art projects that ignite the imagination, explore ideas that shape society while simultaneously engaging millions of people around the globe. The non-profit organization has been at the forefront of socially engaged public art, seeking to convert the power of artists’ ideas into works that inspire and challenge the public.
What’s with Creative Time’s Open Call, anyway?
The open call is a biennial initiative for artists working across a diverse array of media to submit proposals for a new public art commission to be presented in New York City. It is an opportunity for emerging artists to experiment in the public realm, and utilize Creative Time’s 40+ year history of realizing artists’ dream projects.
How does this fit within Creative Time’s mission?
As New York City’s vanguard public art organization, Creative Time has historically worked with artists to produce projects which engender dialogue, encourage debate, and take on the most pressing issues of our time. Often some of the most exciting, impactful, and ambitious ideas come from artists who have not yet been afforded the opportunity to work in public space. The open call format is designed to more broadly hear from artists at a pivotal point in their career, and those ready to develop an idea into a site specific public exhibition.
How was the artist selected?
All complete applications received between December 10, 2018 and January 18, 2019 were reviewed internally by Creative Time. In late January, shortlisted finalists were invited to submit a more detailed proposal that included an in-depth concept outline, site parameters, production timeline, sketches or renderings, and budget. A selection committee comprised of curators, artists, Creative Time staff, and community members selected the final proposal.
Risks and challenges
We brought the idea first to artists, now we’re taking it to you. We're embarking on an exciting mission to make Open Call available to artists annually, and we're looking for folks who are equally as excited to make this initiative as impactful as possible.
Our team works hard, is passionate, and most importantly always delivers, with lengthy track record of impactful public art projects to prove it. That’s why even with the difficult logistics surrounding Risa’s project - we’re excited to tackle them. We’re known for willingly taking on those risks, and are excited to have you join us for the ride.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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