West Harlem Art Fund live public art installation in Union Square, May 31st, 10:30-11am
WHEREAS, Community Board Five takes its role in the review of applications for Parks Special Events seriously and requests an opportunity to review the application before a permit is granted by the Parks Department Special Permit Office; and
WHEREAS, The West Harlem Art Fund has submitted an application seeking permission to conduct a public performance art installation in the North Plaza of Union Square Park on Sunday May 31, 2009 between the hours of 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM, requiring set-up to begin at 10:00 AM, and dismantling and clean-up to be completed by 11:30 AM; and
WHEREAS, The proposed event, known as X Marks The Spot involves a dance performance where participants will create a letter “X” that moves into other shapes; and
WHEREAS, The event is free of charge to all participants, and there will be no sale of merchandise or food, nor will there be any advertising materials distributed; and
WHEREAS, The West Harlem Art Fund has successfully performed many public events in NYC parks with no complaints or problems; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five is concerned that due to the current and ongoing construction in the North Plaza, there is a decrease in available park space, as well as fewer days in which special events can be held in Union Square Park; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes that due to the small foot print that would be required, and short duration of time, it would also be appropriate to conduct this event in the South Plaza of Union Square Park; and
WHEREAS, In the presentation of this application it has been expressed that the Parks Department Special Permit Office believes that by the time this event is scheduled to occur, construction in the North Plaza will be completed to an extent that ample space will be available in which to conduct this event; and
WHEREAS, The proposed event is artistic in nature, does not require a large amount of space, is brief in duration, does not have a commercial intent, and may offer some public benefit; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by The West Harlem Art Fund to hold a public performance art installation in the North Plaza of Union Square Park on Sunday May 31, 2009.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 37 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.