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Grand Central Performance Art Events Receive National Award

Two performance arts projects at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, commissioned by MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design as part of last year’s centennial celebration for the iconic transportation hub, recently earned recognition from the nonprofit Americans for the Arts foundation.

“The Grand Central Centennial provided a unique and historic opportunity to present new, engaging performance work,” said Amy Hausmann, deputy director, MTA Arts for Transit. “Artists Charlie Todd with his group Improv Everywhere and Nick Cave with HEARD.NY created site-specific pieces that highlighted Grand Central’s magnificent architecture and delighted
the thousands of people who make the space one of the busiest transit centers in the world. We are excited to receive this national recognition and grateful for the dedication and enthusiasm of scores of volunteers, staff, and others who worked
with the artists to make it possible.”

Todd’s work, “Grand Central Lights,” involved a group of 135 volunteer performers, equipped with flashlights and camera flashes, who performed a choreographed routine in the large arched windows on the building’s west façade. The event was filmed and posted on YouTube, where it received more than one million views in its first week.

"HEARD.NY," an installation and performance project, transformed Grand Central Terminal for one week with the placement of 30 lifesize, multicolored sculptural horses that periodically broke into choreographed movements to live
music. The work featured 60 dancers from the Ailey School accompanied by harpists and drummers.

This is the third consecutive year that Americans for the Arts has honored the efforts of MTA Arts for Transit.

A moment from "Grand Central Lights," one of MTA Arts for Transit's award-winning projects at Grand Central Terminal.

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