Applications open 

Tuesday, May 5th


A Public Health Community Art Project


Creative Community 

In the wake of COVID-19, Wallplay is pleased to announce an open call for artists to apply to #masksinthewild, a grassroots public health project, which will pay artists to design and distribute free masks. Through the support of a grant awarded to Wallplay from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, #MasksInTheWild calls upon artists to support their community by removing fear and stigma surrounding the now-mandatory mask requirement. #masksinthewild transforms this “new normal” into a culturally encouraged act of love towards our neighbors. Artists interested in responding to the open call can apply here beginning on May 5th, 2020.

On the launch of the project, Wallplay founder, Laura O’Reilly said, “Although the 14 physical spaces that Wallplay operates with rotating pop-up exhibitions by artists and brands remain closed to the public due to COVID-19, we’re continuing to fulfill our mission to creatively empower hyperlocal communities through Masks In The Wild. The project aims to inspire people where they walk by utilizing masks as a canvas for artists to connect with the public in a safe format.” 

If interested in volunteering, partnering, donating materials or money to the project please contact:


​In addition to taking artist submissions,

#masksinthewild also serves as a digital resource hub for the general public on homemade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). All of these resources will be available free of charge and #masksinthewild 

encourages the public to gift their homemade masks to essential workers who need them the most.

Future phases of the project will be announced in the coming weeks, including the possibility of localized pick-up through a partnership with Vendx vending machines, as well as an exhibition at one of Wallplay’s spaces once social distancing restrictions are lifted. New Yorkers are known for their resilience and Wallplay hopes that these artist-made masks may put a smile on your neighbor’s face, even at a six foot distance.

To join our growing, creative community, post your mask creations on social media, tag @wallplaynetwork and hashtag #masksinthewild


For more information and to sign up for updates, please contact:




We recommend washing before first use.

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 health care 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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