Call to Artists

Yonkers Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District,
in Partnership with Rising Development-Yonkers, LLC


The Main Street Mural Project

Deadline: September 2, 2008

locationsYONKERS, NEW YORK (July 2008) The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID, in partnership with Rising Development –Yonkers, LLC and with the support of the Blue Door Artist Association, is sponsoring the creation of murals in Downtown Yonkers that will be painted on the gates of 36, 38 and wall of 41 Main Street, respectively. The intent is to create a dialogue about the exciting future of Yonkers Downtown among artists, businesses, residents and visitors, and to provide another opportunity for artists to display their works.

Artists are invited to submit designs for these murals. Submissions will be evaluated and three designs will be selected by a panel consisting of the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID, Rising Development – Yonkers, LLC and the Blue Door Artist Association.

Murals will be painted directly onto the metal gates of 36 and 38 Main Street and onto the plywood covering of the façade of 41 Main Street. All artwork is temporary. Each selected artist will be reimbursed for his or her materials. Artists are asked to include compensation requests upon submission.

Although there is no thematic requirement, artists are invited to reflect on their vision for the future of Yonkers Downtown.

Please see photos of the installation sites below. Applicants are encouraged to visit the location sites.

Design submissions should be e-mailed to as JPEGs, not to exceed 1 MB. Samples of other artwork done previously by applicants should also be provided via e-mail. Submissions may also be mailed to the Downtown Waterfront BID at 4 Hudson Street, Yonkers, NY 10701. Please indicate your location preference among the three sites.

Submissions shall be due by the close of business Tuesday, September 2, 2008. Selected artists will be announced on September 13th at this year’s Yonkers Riverfest. All works chosen must be completed and installed by October 12, 2008. For further information, please contact or call 914-969-6660.

The Yonkers Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District was created to promote and implement the economic vitality of the District and the City of Yonkers. The Yonkers Downtown BID is also designed to maintain the downtown streets, contribute to public safety, landscape the district, market special events and create promotional opportunities to highlight the area. Additionally, the Yonkers Downtown BID will preserve and encourage the cultural, historic, tourist and civic interest of the District of the City of Yonkers.