Art Under the Elevated

RWA commissioned artists to host temporary art exhibitions to activate the public space under the elevated A line train tracks in Rockaway, Queens.

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In 2017, the RISE Artist Selection Committee proudly selected 3 artists to exhibit temporary public art commissions to be featured in the 2017 Art Under the Elevated Series along the Rockaway's "A" train elevated structure:

  • Jessica Findley - Projected Swimmers
  • Jonathan Chesley, Alexandria Donati, and Andrea Parker - Rockaway Field Guide
  • Kevin Sudeith - Rockaway Petroglyph 

The commissioned artwork will be featured along with community workshops to actively engage people of all ages in re-envisioning the underpass into a safe and inviting multimodal community and civic space to host a variety of events including these temporary artists works.

The space below the elevated A-line subway tracks is currently a fragmented demapped roadway, that has the potential to serve as an important cross-peninsula connection. With art and creative placemaking as a catalyst, RWA hopes to activate this public space to inspire the community to imagine its potential.

This project builds on RWA's current redesign initiative, Project Underway, and larger NYC initiatives like Design Trust for Public Space and NYC DOT's Art Under the Elevated.  

The RISE Center served as the community hub for related exhibits and gallery location for public programs and community engagement to build on the selected projects.

The Rockaway Pilot for Art Under the Elevated is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts' ArtWorks.

Success Stories:

Meet Jadel

Jadel participated in her first RWA program as a 7th grader at PS43. Through high school she has been a valuable contributor to our ongoing efforts and today she continues to work with us while she attends Hunter College. Hear more about Jadel's story.