Public Art and Health

At Howard Bennett Park in East Harlem, “The Coquis are Here,” by Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme. El Museo del Barrio was the community partner. (Photo courtesy of the NYC Department of Health)

From Howard Bennett Park in East Harlem to Mullaly Park in the South Bronx, new public works of art are on display to promote physical activity and community connectivity in neighborhoods. The NYC Health Department, in partnership with NYC Parks, on Dec. 12 announced the installation earlier this fall of eight works, including murals and an interactive sculpture – the result of a $100,000 initiative entitled “Art in the Parks: Active Open Space.”

An untitled work at Mullaly Bike Park (community partner) in the South Bronx, by Kat Lam and Laura Alvarez (Photo courtesy of the NYC Dept. of Health)

The effort involved community-based organizations and will remain up for one year. The installations “may reach 400,000 New Yorkers who live within a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile radius) of the eight neighborhood parks,” the Department of Health said in a press release.

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