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Guide to the CITYarts Inc. Records
 MS 3096

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Sydney Bebon and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 04, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily includes photographic documentation of CITYarts and Cityarts Workshop projects from 1969 into the 2010s. These are mostly slides and snapshots of murals and other artworks, and of the process of creating the artworks, held in binders organized by project. There are also photographs of opening events, benefits, and other organization activities.

Original artwork also comprises a substantial part of the collection. Much of this relates to the Pieces for Peace project, with submissions from school age students from around the world. Drawings of various murals or proposed murals are in the collection. One set of drawings, donated by the artist apart from the CITYarts records but included with the collection by N-YHS, are of murals by Leslie Bender.

The collection also holds various administrative records providing further context to the visual material. These include files of publicity and press coverage, fundraising efforts, such as benefits and sponsorships, subject reference files, volunteer logistics, and the like.

The collection holds over 200 videocassettes of CITYarts' projects, events and media coverage of them. These have not been reformatted and are restricted from use.


The collection is organized in 6 series:

Series I. Project Binders, 1969-2016

Series II. Pieces for Peace Project, 2004-2016

Series III. General Program Administration Files, 1970s-2016

Series IV. Audiovisual (RESTRICTED), 1974-2009

Series V. Artwork, Miscellaneous Photographs, and Other Visual Materials, 1970s-2011

Series VI. Leslie Bender Artworks (RESTRICTED), circa 1981