musings of a subway performer and lifelong troubadour

Arts For Transit and Music Under New York

Added on by NYC Subway Girl.

Arts For Transit commissions the rich and beautiful mosaics including other art installations found throughout the city. Kudos to Sandra Bloodworth director Arts For Transit and assistant director Amy Haussmann and Lydia Bradshaw Manager, MTA Arts for Transit and Music Under New York.

Follow images of the amazing collection on the Arts For Transit tumblr page

check out the new mobil app use it to locate the amazing and sometimes overlooked gorgeous artwork installed throughout the city's subway system.  Ever want to know who created the mosaic artwork you pass by? You can always check out each work and artist on the Arts For Transit website.

The MTA also presents the wonderful program Poetry In Motion On hiatus since 2008, has thankfully returned.

Music Under New York is a program within Arts For Transit. For more information about the program check out this link. Tim Higginbotham of MUNY has been a tireless organizer and passionate street musician supporter. He and Scott's amazing work keeps this program alive, exciting and thriving.   If you have ever been touched by this program leave a comment below, or consider writing a letter to the MTA expressing your support as a commuter for this essential program.  As a recent commuter said while passing me "live music for the price of a swipe!"

I joined the roster after auditioning for the program in May of 1999.  Every two weeks I select from various locations where I would like to perform. 

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photo montage by Geraldine Petrovic

I have many favorite spots and you might find me at Grand Central Station Shuttle, Times Square, Union Square, Astor Place, LIRR and 34th street.  

I participate in “Music Under New York", because the connection is a very different experience than performing on a stage.  Not to mention that it's a deconstructed approach to the music industry. Underground, commuters and I are collaborators in a musical, rhythmic, spontaneous soundtrack.  To many people, a street performer is a struggling artist, for me it's a moment without struggle. I bask in the void of promoters rules, of complicated and heavy equipment, of the music industrys opinion, and a singer songwriter's freedom to do what I love to do.  I applaud the MTA's support of this program.

I always post my subway performances on my gig page- Gigs link at the top of this page.

For images of other artists click here

For videos of other artists click here

MTA Arts For Transit has a 

facebook fanpage

and visit the

Arts For Transit tumblr page