2. 100 Gates Coming to Staten Island and East Harlem
100 Gates, The Chrystie Street Trio. Image courtesy of 100 Gates. Image via 100 Gates.
The 100 Gates Project began as a public art initiative on the Lower East Side in 2014. The project brought together artists and merchants, in an effort to install original murals on storefront pull-down security gates, and the goal was to paint 100 gates. The now completed, and much photographed 100 Gates Project is expanding its artistic efforts, and bringing their paint brushes to downtown Staten Island and East Harlem.
With the support of the New York City Department of Small Business Services Neighborhood 360 Grant, the goal is to install sets of 50 new murals on gates in each of these neighborhoods over the next years and a half. The project will move forward through the creative consultancy, ThoughtMatter, with the New Harlem East Merchant Association (NHEMA) as Community Partner in East Harlem, and Staten Island Arts as Community Partner in Staten Island. An Open Call for Artists and Merchants is currently live.