Making Your Mark

Plywood sculpture in painted black plywood in Queensbridge Park. The sculpture has multiple faces...
Tanda Francis, RockIt Black, 2021 (rendering). Courtesy of Worthless Studios.

Making Your Mark [MYM] is a free summer art program for rising junior and senior high school students in New York City. In the 2021 session, participants learned how public art is created for a community, and how to create their own proposals and models for public art. Using Isamu Noguchi’s sculptures and models for public projects as sources of inspiration, participants considered subjects that are relevant to them and their communities today. We partnered with Worthless Studios and met with artist Tanda Francis over a number of sessions to learn about the development of her public sculpture RockIt Black created with the Plywood Protection Project for Queensbridge Park in Long Island City.

Participants receive a $250 stipend for participation in all sixteen sessions, and all students will have the option to receive a MetroCard.

For more information, contact Application details for the next cohort will be posted in spring 2023.

Making Your Mark exhibition
Photo: Katherine Abbott. ©INFGM / ARS


Making Your Mark is supported by The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation and an anonymous donor. It is also supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.