White Plains Business Improvement District

Art in Vacant Spaces

The White Plains BID has partnered with Purchase College to bring eye catching and thought provoking artwork to a select number of vacant downtown storefronts. The goal of the project is to improve these empty spaces with artwork thereby creating a more pleasing and vibrant environment for those who live, work, and shop downtown. Students from Professor Warren Lehrer's Community Design class created visual poetry artwork based on poems by Judith Sloan. Sloan interviewed several downtown stakeholders regarding their perceptions and feelings about White Plains, which gave rise to several themes and phases to guide the students work. The Art in Vacant Spaces installations will be on display for three months or until the individual properties are rented.

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach said, "Art connects us with each other and with the world. It broadens our experiences and understanding. Contact with art is an important personal and societal experience. These installations will bring the thousands of people who come into the White Plains downtown each day into direct contact with art in places where you wouldn't necessarily expect to encounter it. We welcome this creative use of space in our downtown and the added vibrancy it brings to our city."


Graphic Designers Place Art in Vacant Spaces | Purchase College News, November 15, 2016
Students Create Art in Vacant Spaces | Purchase College News, December 11, 2017
Purchase College, White Plains BID bring art to empty storefronts | Westfair Communications, Ryan Deffenbaugh, December 13, 2017
White Plains hosting Art in Vacant Places | The Journal News, Richard Liebson, January 5, 2017


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November 2018 - present
61 S Broadway - 55 S Broadway


How Did I Get Here? - Brandon Gambone


i want - Samuel Sheen


the tree, the leaf, the wind, the sky - Audrey McGrath & Hasani Browne


resilience - David Martens


A Woman - Emily Bottner with Aric Knowles


a building - Damian Colavito


November 2016 - present
230 East Post Road - 55 South Broadway


Seat of the County - Sarah Yalaju

Cows? It Was Quieter Back Then - Julianne Waber

Full Circle - Melissa Murillo

The Seat, The Light, The Pulse, The Heart - Paige Nehlsen

Urbia - Emily Seto

I Remember, This Community - Danielle Foti

Drawing Board - Gunnar Artin

I Remember, I Am a Member - Ashley Yalaju


November 2015 - present
29 Court Street


A Place - Elise Assenza



Project Manager: Brittany B. Brandwein                 Asst. Project Managers: Alison Malecot and Danielle Foti  
Art handlers: Alex Theodoropolous and Laura Krapacher with support from Brian Bochow and Christina Coppola 

Special thanks to:
Anonymous, West-Ex Associates, and The White Plains Library's People & Stories: Oral History Project