Creative Time is a public arts organization that works with artists to contribute to the dialogues, debates and dreams of our times. Over the past four decades, Creative Time has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects with thousands of artists throughout New York City, across the country, around the world—and now even in outer space. Their work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression.
Creative Time is acclaimed for the innovative and meaningful projects they have commissioned, from Tribute in Light, the twin beacons of light that illuminated lower Manhattan six months after 9/11, to bus ads promoting HIV awareness, to Paul Chan’s production of Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, and much more. In partnership with a variety of well-known cultural institutions and community groups, they have commissioned art in unique landmark sites from the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Governors Island, and the High Line, to neglected urban treasures like the Lower East Side’s historic Essex Street Market, Coney Island, and New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward. Creative Time is committed to presenting important art for our times and engaging broad audiences that transcend geographic, racial, and socioeconomic barriers.
Creative Time was founded in 1974—a time when artists around the country began to establish alternative arts organizations as a positive response to their frustrations over the limitations of more traditional exhibition venues. Almost immediately Creative Time became an international leader in presenting new works by visual artists, performers, musicians, poets, and choreographers in unlikely, under-explored, and even abandoned public spaces. Working closely with artists of all disciplines, Creative Time brings cultural expression to our urban landscape while introducing the public to cutting-edge contemporary art practices.