NYC artist and free speech activist Andy Golub announced today that his 10th annual NYC Bodypainting Day will also be his last.
On Sunday, July 23rd, over 50 everyday people of all shapes, sizes, genders, ethnicities, and ages ranging from 20s to 80s will get fully nude and be body painted in the public streets of New York City. This year’s theme is “The Artist’s Voice,” encouraging each participating artist to share their unique vision with the world. Golub, the event organizer, explains, “The perspective of the artist, whether it’s a painter, musician, dancer, or poet, is an essential voice if we’re ever going to bring peace to this world.”
Over the years, NYC Bodypainting Day has taken place in Columbus Circle, Washington Square, Times Square, and Union Square Park.
“The message is simply that we’re all the same. But Bodypainting Day is not just an idea, it’s an experience. To see people who are so different come together so seamlessly is magical,” Golub adds. “I’ve heard countless times how this event has had a profound impact on people’s lives.”
So why would Golub retire the event? “After 10 years, it’s time to find new ways to bring people together, empower them, and be open to other points of view,” Golub shares.
50 talented artists from around the world will paint 75 nude models of all shapes and sizes. Following four hours of live body painting from Noon to 4pm in Union Square Park/North Plaza, participants will march through the public streets of Greenwich Village, take part in a photo shoot at Washington Square Park, ride a double-decker bus over the Manhattan Bridge, and conclude the day with a blow-out after-party in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
As we bid farewell to the epic NYC Bodypainting Day, we look forward to new and exciting events to come. Human Connection Arts is happy to be joining forces with Coney Island USA and Buck Wolf, director of HuffPost Trends/Buzzfeed for the first BodyFest taking place next Spring. Stay tuned for more info on this exciting festival.
If you are interested in joining Bodypainting Day as a model, artist, or volunteer, or if you would like to learn more about the event, please visit www.humanconnectionarts.org/2023-nycbd/.
Please note that all participants must be 18 years old or older.
Founded by NYC-based artist and body painter, Andy Golub, Human Connections Arts is a non-profit organization that creates large-scale public art events and performances to promote unity and acceptance for all people.