• Volunteer for Projects

    Want to volunteer and help us with our murals, painting and other projects? If so, let us know.

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  • CITYarts on NY1 News TV for Summer Projects

    In the heat of the summer our artists Paul Deo on the Garden Playground Mural and Michael Davis on the Upper West Side Story Mural are leading community youth in two colorful and meaningful projects. We were honored to have Cheryl Wills Anchor at NY1 news produce a piece at our Bushwick Brooklyn Mural. Enjoy the video! We're thankful to our volunteers White & Case and LaGuardia Community College's Summer School Program who came out to help with the mural. This mural is sponsored by Disney with the colors of Benjamin Moore.

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  • CITYarts Pillars of Justice Ribbon Cutting

    Another great moment for CITYarts. The Pillars of Justice ribbon cutting event for the completed Mural at LACJ (High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice) at the MLK building.

  • Pieces for Peace Workshop at Stryker Park

    CITYarts hosted a Pieces for Peace Workshop at Stryker Park, where youth came and created artworks of their interpretation of peace. It was also a full day of activities for friends, families and neighbors of all ages, including music, food samples and much more. The event was part of the New York City Department of Transportation’s One-Day Plaza program.


    Thank you for supporting and celebrating with us at our 48th annual gala. Here are a few photo samples from that night.

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  • Empowering Each Other for a Better Future

    Through CITYarts' Public Art projects, we aim to inspire our children and youth to do the best they can, as students and human beings. Therefore, we make sure that the creative process of producing our public art involves artists and other inspiring individuals to show them the way. One such individual this month was Astronaut, Engineer, former NLF player, and photographer, Leland Melvin. During Black History Month, he gave an hour-long presentation on his life experience that taught our youth to never give up, saying "even if you fail, you get yourself right back up and continue to do your best." Astronaut Leland Melvin inspires us all and we'll continue to engage more youth with him as he leads them to Reach for the Stars!

  • Empowering Each Other

    This two-year project will engage approximately 200 Hamilton Grange middle school students, 600 High School For Law, Advocacy And Community Justice (LACJ) students, and 75 students from the City College of New York, in art education workshops, the creation of indoor murals, and the restoration of CITYarts’ first Peace Wall located in Jacob H. Schiff Park. CITYarts will bring a local professional artist and to The Hamilton Grange School, reaching at-risk youth from low-income communities in Harlem. Without access to a community that offers support, guidance and a sense of common purpose, these students run a high risk of becoming disengaged and dropping out of school. *Workshops are now in session!*

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  • Peace Wall in Harlem

    The restoration continues with volunteers, artists, City College of New York students at the Hamilton Grange School, located at Jacob Schiff Park on Amsterdam Avenue between 137th and 138th Streets in Harlem, New York.

  • Alice on the Wall Mural Restoration

    Over the Spring and Summer of 2015, CITYarts has been working on the restoration and maintenance of Alice On The Wall Mural with students, volunteers and staff companies . In 2002, Alice in Wall Street Land was created two blocks away from Ground Zero in collaboration with over 100 students from Stuyvesant High School, the Washington Market Community, and professional artist Natalia Zukerman. The students expressed their feelings and ideas through drawings, poems, and paintings. The mural itself is a reflection of the ability to dream and believe in peace despite acts of violence.

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  • Nature of this Flower is to Bloom Mural

    Over the course of the Summer of 2015, inner city youth has been working with community volunteers, the School of Visual Arts, The High School of Art and Design, The Alexander Robertson School, and other community youth to restore a CITYarts mural on 92nd St. and Broadway, extending the reach of the participants’ impact on the visual landscape of their community. Originally painted in 1993, the mural was inspired by Alice Walker’s poem “The Nature of This Flower Is to Bloom” and created by CITYarts in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts students and 3 teachers.

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  • Umma Park Mural

    Over the course of the spring and summer of 2015, CITYarts has developed and created a mural project at Umma Park for at-risk with youth in the neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. This exciting project is designed to bring together over 600 local youth from low-income families with professional artists through a collaboration between CITYarts, the Umma Group, the Flatbush Development Corporation, the NYC Parks Department, and Brooklyn Community Board 14.

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  • A Toast To Peace

    Berlin, a city once known for its division, celebrated the 25th anniversary of its unification on Sunday November 9. CITYarts was happy to be a part of the festivities. While most of the city was focusing on the past, we were aiming at raising awareness to the future of Peace. One of our students noted, the past generations had the war wall. We, the young generation, are connected with our Peace Wall.

    The CITYarts Peace Wall in Berlin is a testament to the rich historical and emotional significance of walls in the city and a permanent symbol of the voices of our youth striving for peace and unity. CITYarts' Toast to Peace brought together people from different cultures and backgrounds, young and older. It was a great way to commemorate the momentous occasion and continue to spread peace in Berlin and around the world. View our wonderful photos from the celebration.

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  • Youth Transforming Communities

    Since 1968: CITYarts engages youth and professional artists in the creation of public art, including murals and mosaic. Through this creative process, CITYarts empowers, educates, and connects youth and children locally and around the world to become active participants in realizing their potential and transforming communities.

Since 1968

Our Mission

CITYarts engages youth and professional artists in the creation of public art, including murals and mosaic. Through this creative process, CITYarts empowers, educates, and connects youth and children locally and around the world to become active participants in realizing their potential and transforming communities.


Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin

Former NASA Astronaut

“I think the future is in the hands of our young people to make better lives for themselves and for those around us. And we can set examples and tell them what we are proud of that we have done. And I’m very proud to have been in a position, in a fortunate position to do some wonderful things in my life, so I like to share those with young people here and to maybe help their education, whatever their pathway in life may be.”

Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin

NASA Astronaut / CITYarts Honoree

“Visiting the Peace Wall in Harlem was one of the highlights of my trip. It was fascinating to learn and see first-hand how the mosaics were designed. The Wall truly reflects your work to build bridges of cultural understanding to bring peace and brilliance to communities. Interacting with the children at the Community Center was also such a memorable experience. Listening to what our future explorers have to say is always eye-opening, not to mention motivating!

Vartan Gregorian

Vartan Gregorian

President of Carnegie Corporation of New York / CITYarts Honoree

"Please allow me to thank you once again for honoring me at your 45th anniversary celebration. It is I who should thank you for your continued commitment to the arts and peace. It was a great evening. I think that the brick with my portrait by the Stuyvesant High School students may be one of the best mementos I have received."



Student, Age 13

“I like everything about the mural. It is very creative because one part of it, I see it has a bridge, and on another part of it I see has people on it that are supposed to represent [each student participant’s] nation. I see that they drew a rocket ship and it has a rover next to it. So it is supposed to be picture of the rocket ship that just landed on Mars in August.”

Macques Thomas

Macques Thomas

Groundworks at Good Shepherd Services Program / Director at P. S. 328

“In a neighborhood like this, where there is a lot of poverty, a lot of single parent families, we work with average kids. And the opportunity for them to do things – that’s what our program is about. We try to get them to do things they’ve never done before, to give them hope, to take them to places where they’ve never been before. And, you know, with them doing this, which is totally something that they don’t do on regular basis, it’s big on their ownership. Having this in the community, them owning it, and just being proud of this, and being able to say, ‘This is what we did.’”

Peter Sis

Peter Sis


“I started to do some doodles and sketches and came up with the idea of this curious man spreading his arms and looking at the world. But it was more like a doodle, so I didn't really think it would work for the wall. However, Tsipi has this vision and she said, "Why don't we combine your curious man with the pictures created by the children from around the world and place them in the spaces between the faces which act as windows." That's really how this design came together. The ideas of the children are the best...but there were so many of them that we had to come up with some sort of drawing or design to combine as many as we could together on the Peace Wall. ”

Antonia Singleton

Antonia Singleton

Frederick Douglass High School

"As the kids within the neighborhood grow up they can have something to look at and enjoy rather than looking at graffiti or defaced walls. I feel that the mosaic brings a great deal of positive energy to the neighborhood. I enjoyed working on the piece; now I can actually show people how I have physically contributed to my community. The best thing about this project is how the entire community was involved in building it. A product of the environment, the CITYarts mosaic will continue to be a symbol of growth, unity, and stability in our neighborhoods."

Saba Zaman

Saba Zaman

The Lyceum School, Karachi, Pakistan

"The mosaic was a refreshing experience, an experience which makes you proud of yourself. It makes you realize that there is so much you can do for this world and makes you feel proud of it. It makes me proud because I contributed towards making my country better looking and beautiful and maybe what I did was not even a drop in the bucket – but it still counts. It has affected me in a very strange way – it has made me think about things other than myself."



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