Rockefeller Center and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Climate Museum are collaborating in the third annual The Flag Project.

Each spring, this crowd-sourced art exhibition invites the public to submit art for consideration to be displayed on one of the 193 flagpoles that surround the Plaza. Artists of all levels can submit their work through the Rockefeller Center website until February 24. The flagpoles, traditionally adorned with the flags of the nations recognized by the United Nations, will be flown at Rockefeller Center from April 1 to May 6 to mark Earth Day and on June 5 for a special commemoration of World Environment Day.

The global call for submissions is now open for mixed-medium artwork that celebrates “Only One Earth,” the theme for this year’s World Environment Day, showcasing our appreciation for the environment and how to live sustainably and in harmony with nature. UNEP and the Climate Museum will select winning designs that will be transformed into eco-friendly, biodegradable flags. This year’s Flag Project will also be the focal point of Rockefeller Center’s Earth Day celebrations on April 22nd that will include free, public programming with the Climate Museum, including a talk on climate arts inspiring action with Miranda Massie, Founder and Director of the Climate Museum (presented in partnership with Never Stop Learning), Climate Art for Congress youth climate art and advocacy project, and additional activities. 

Rockefeller Center has collaborated with UNEP and the Climate Museum this year to create a monumental call to climate action through public art. The collaboration also coincides with Stockholm+50, an international meeting that will be held this June 5th, 2022 in Sweden to recognize global action towards a sustainable society, World Environment Day and the 50th anniversary of the UNEP.

The first-ever Flag Project was launched in spring of 2020 and was Rockefeller Center’s first-ever, crowd-sourced art initiative. The exhibition was created to give New Yorkers and global contributors a creative and positive artistic outlet as the world was grappling with the effects of the pandemic and on-going social and racial injustices.

The Flag Project returned in 2021 and was presented in partnership with the world-renowned New York–based nonprofit and publisher Aperture Foundation to celebrate the city through photography. The 2021 Flag Project presented dual exhibitions – a lightbox exhibition featuring works by esteemed NYC street and subway photographer Jamel Shabazz, in addition to the flags which featured the winning submissions.

The Flag Project has routinely featured artists of all walks of life to participate, including Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovich, KAWS, Christian Siriano, Elliot Erwitt, Tyler Mitchell and Ryan McGinley. Additional contributors will be announced at a later date.

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