Perform in the Park 2021

Applications closed.

Little Island welcomes New York’s artists and entertainers to help shape our inaugural 2021 season through Perform in the Park, our open call for artists. We’re looking for performers who can channel the spontaneity and immersive energy of New York and bring that spirit to life in the dynamic stages and spaces of Little Island, surrounded by nature, water, and city views all at once. We hope to celebrate and present art that is as distinctive as our park and as unique as our city, for all our community to enjoy—join us!

Translations available in Spanish, Chinese, Bengali, Haitian Creole, Korean, and Russian.


We invite performers, artists, buskers, merrymakers, entertainers, troupes, bands, and players of all disciplines to apply who:

  • Are age(s) 18+ (or are legally permitted to employ child performers)
  • Will be living or working in the Greater New York City area in Summer 2021
  • Work in a range of performing arts and entertainment disciplines, with an emphasis on presentations that ignite imagination and engage outdoor audiences

All artists contracted by Little Island will be offered paid opportunities. Other benefits include free tickets to select Little Island programs, as well as special opportunities to connect and network with Little Island’s community of artists.

About Perform in the Park

Little Island is home to several unique outdoor spaces for gatherings and live performance. Artists accepted through Perform in the Park will populate a diverse mix of programs, series, and experiences throughout the park from June to September of 2021 that aim to entertain, surprise and delight, and spark the imaginations of our visitors.

As a public park open to all, we have a strong commitment to providing accessible experiences for visitors of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. To create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming, the majority of events in the park will be presented for free or at a low cost.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions before applying.

To Apply

Applications closed on September 18, 2020 for our 2021 season. Please check back for future cycles of Perform in the Park, and be sure to sign up for our mailing list at the bottom of our website for upcoming announcements.