In a coordinated effort between the Office of Small Business, the Department of Public Works, and the Office of Innovation, make > shift > gallery aims to enhance the appearance of vacant and abandoned properties along the City’s commercial corridors with the goal of activating underutilized space through a variety of artistic installations while providing the creative community with opportunities to showcase their artwork.
provides the artist with a blank canvas to create renderings of potential businesses (“shopjackets”) and other creative imaginings in these spaces, allowing aspiring business owners to be able to envision themselves in these spaces and attracting more foot traffic to our commercial corridors. Art could take the form of shopjackets, murals, galleries, or other media defined by the artist. Residents and business owners in the targeted areas have weighed in on what they would like to see fill these vacancies through a series of surveys, focus groups, and interviews.
On Ocean Avenue, the community would love to see:
• More community involvement
• Enhanced public services (eg children’s programs, career center, events)
• Diversity of businesses (eg fresh food, restaurants, arcades)
On Palisade Avenue, the community would love to see:
• Cleaner, better upkeep on building facades
• Access to more diversity of businesses (eg arts, restaurants, upscale grocery)
• Access to services (eg transit, greenspace, basic amenities)
Have a property that would be a good fit for the program?
Do you own a property that is currently vacant and wish to participate in the program? Contact email@example.com with property address, current images, and your contact information for more details on participating.
make > shift > gallery is seeking proposals from visual artists for upcoming pop-up arts exhibitions across Jersey City in 2016. The Office of Small Business, the Department of Public Works, and the Office of Innovation will be sourcing currently vacant and abandoned properties to populate with artwork and create rotating exhibitions.
Visual artwork, sculpture, installation, video, photography, mixed media
Outdoor murals on walls and/or boarded windows (i.e., “board-ups”)
Indoor art exhibitions on walls – Comparable to a gallery space
“Shopjackets” – Interior window installation to give the appearance of a functional storefront
Interior window installation of artwork or sculpture
What make > shift > gallery Will Provide:
What Artists Need To Provide:
Artist(s) Application, Selection and Acceptance Process:
Prospective artists will need to complete project application and return via mail, email or through online form. Application is available for download or online completion below.
Proposals are reviewed by staff of the Office of Small Business, Department of Public Works and Office of Innovation. The criteria for accepted proposals will be installations/completed pieces of artwork that engage the community, best utilize vacancies and abandoned spaces to its potential and accessibility. All submissions will be reviewed for content.
Accepted proposals will then be matched with a participating storefront vacancy that can best accommodate the artist’s exhibition type, installation, and spatial requirements. Artists will be notified upon acceptance of proposals with matched make > shift > gallery exhibition location, proposed installation date, opening reception date and deinstallation date. As participating properties are being routinely identified and secured, the artist selection and acceptance announcement may take up to 7 weeks from time of submission.
Participating artists will receive a stipend for their accepted project on the following schedule:
Stipends will be made available to accepted artists and amount will be based on scope of work and materials list for approved projects on a sliding scale.
First installment will be made available upon commencement of project with signed and returned Art Exhibition Indemnification, Waiver And Release Agreement.
Second installment will be made available within 30 days of completion of mural/artwork installation.
Apply with your proposed project below.