A public health project that provides aid to artists who want to make and distribute free masks

Are you an NYC-based artist interested in making masks? Apply to be selected for a stipend to create personal protective equipment (PPE).

About This Project

Masks in the Wild is a public health project aimed at removing the fear and stigma surrounding the “new normal” of mandatory mask-wearing in public. Our goal is twofold; to provide as many New Yorkers with clean, safe, artist-made masks and to distribute free DIY mask-making resources to those that are willing and able to create them. By utilizing masks as a canvas, artists can physically connect with the public in a safe and essential way. Art is essential in helping uplift the human spirit. 


If you or your company are interested in joining the project as a sponsor or partner please contact masksinthewild@wallplay.com. We are actively seeking additional sponsorship for artist grants, material donations, and corporate partners who are willing to sponsor costs for safe distribution. This will allow us to expand the reach of the project across the five boroughs and beyond.

Thank you to our partners 25 Kent and VendX for their support

Masks In the Wild is made possible by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund 

Resource Distribution | Reserve A Mask 

Artists selected to participate will either receive plain white pre-made masks or free base materials including cotton fabric, elastic, and polyester to be used as an insert layer depending on their sewing abilities or requests. All participating artists will receive a stipend, sanitizer, personal protective equipment, and safety instructions. 

Application Process for Stipend

If you are interested in participating in creating masks that can be distributed to those in need, you might be eligible for funding to help you do so. If your application is selected, we will provide you with a stipend and base resources.

Other Ways You Can Support The Project

If making masks isn’t your jam, you can still support this initiative and contribute by supporting NYC's creative community. We have set up a GoFundMe page, any financial contribution will go directly to supporting artists who have elected to make masks.

Our Mission

Wallplay’s passion is to inspire people where they walk. New York’s streets have always been a stage for magic moments. In the wake of COVID-19 and the subsequent temporary closing of our 14 physical locations, we have shifted our focus to supporting the creative community through #masksinthewild.  This public health art project aims to spark joy and remove fear around wearing masks. We can protect our neighbors by wearing, creating, and gifting masks to frontline workers, friends, and strangers alike. By utilizing masks as a canvas, artists can physically connect with the public in a safe and essential way. Art is essential in helping uplift the human spirit. We need to celebrate and connect with the vital energy that art creates now more than ever. We hope these DIY and artist-made masks will help people who wear them connect, heart to heart, while safely remaining 6 feet apart. 


Please understand that DIY face masks are not a replacement for medical-grade Personal Protective Equipment, and in circumstances where medical grade Personal Protective Equipment is recommended, you should consult a healthcare professional. The decision to use a DIY mask is solely your own. Any person who wears a mask made from this DIY guide releases from liability and holds harmless both Wallplay Network LLC and it’s agents.


Please remember that use of DIY face masks is not intended to replace other recommended measures to stop the community spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, washing your hands and refraining from touching your face.  Follow the latest advice of the CDC and your own health care professionals as to how best to keep yourself safe.

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