Jane’s Walk NYC is Back May 6-8

Walk submissions will be accepted through March 31

February 14, 2022

A Note from the Jane’s Walk NYC Team at MAS:

Throughout the challenges of 2020 and 2021, many of us at MAS have found ourselves inspired in new and deeper ways by the mission of our annual Jane’s Walk festival. This volunteer-led celebration of urban life, inspired by Jane Jacobs, has always been a time to come together and share our love for this city.

This year, Jane’s Walk NYC will feature a variety of virtual and socially distanced formats, including in-person guided group walks, self-guided in-person walks, virtual talks, social media activations, and more. We are excited to safely celebrate the city by offering in-person guided group walks for the first time since 2019. Through a collection of in-person and virtual experiences, we cannot wait to generate conversation about the city and celebrate its vibrant past, present, and future!

MAS is here to help you dream up your virtual, self-guided, or guided group Jane’s Walk. While you can submit a walk about almost any topic under the sun, here are a few ideas to help inspire you:

  • Celebrate the small businesses, mutual aid networks, and community groups that have shown up for our city across the past two years
  • Provide a break from screen time by encouraging people to explore the great outdoors of New York with a self-guided walk or run
  • Promote inter-city dialogue by hosting conversations with other cities around the world

Who can lead a Jane’s Walk? You can! Our submission form closed on Thursday, March 31st. For any questions about your submission, email janeswalknyc@mas.org.

Continue reading for additional details like our updated Walk Leader Training Guide, future Zoom trainings, and more. MAS is deeply grateful to Swig Equities and the New York State Council on the Arts for their ongoing support of the festival.

Please note: As a safety precaution, MAS will ask walk attendees to remain masked for any guided group walks, to practice social distancing, and to have proof of vaccination on-hand. For the first time, MAS will be requiring registration, capping attendance at 30 people, and only holding walks outdoors for safety reasons. 

 

  • leader holds sign on Jane's Walk in Times Square
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    Jane's Walk 2019, Domino Refinery, Photo Credit: Vladimir Weinstein for MAS.
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  • group at Naval Cemetery
    Jane's Walk 2019, Naval Cemetery Landscape, Photo Credit: Vladimir Weinstein for MAS.
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    Jane's Walk 2019, Street Art, Photo Credit: Vladimir Weinstein for MAS.
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  • leader and walkers on a Jane's Walk
    Second Place: 2019 Jane's Walk "The Funky East Village," photo by Joel Guevara.
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    Jane's Walk 2019, Brooklyn Twilight, Photo Credit: Samantha Nandez for MAS.
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Trainings and Recordings

Jane’s Walk NYC 2022 Kick-Off and Information Session

Wednesday, March 2, 5:00 PM

In Partnership with Jane’s Walk Toronto

This year, we are thrilled to kick-off our hybrid Jane’s Walk festival with a virtual information session on Wednesday, March 2, at 5:00 PM on Zoom! For this session, we will be joined by both MAS staff members and team members from Jane’s Walk Toronto!

Whether you are a long-time walk leader or are new to the celebration, this session will cover: a background on the Jane’s Walk festival, examples of virtual and in-person walks, instructions on the submission process, an overview of the Jane’s Walk NYC website, and resources and ways to connect with the Jane’s Walk community. We hope to see you there!

Watch a recording of the session here!

Jane’s Walk Training: Learn to Lead a Virtual Walk

Wednesday, March 23, 5:00 PM

Over the past two years, Jane’s Walk NYC leaders have experimented and excelled at creating engaging walks using virtual platforms. This year, we are thrilled to continue offering virtual Jane’s Walks as part of our hybrid festival!

On Wednesday, March 23 at 5 PM, join the Jane’s Walk NYC Team to learn how to lead your own virtual walk! From Zoom, to Instagram Live, TikTok, and more, explore ways you can engage walk goers virtually. The training will equip you with new skills, tools, and ideas for your walk!

Watch a recording of the session here!

Jane’s Walk Training: Learn to Lead an In-Person Walk

Wednesday, April 6, 5:00 PM

For this year’s festival, we are thrilled to bring back in-person guided group walks for the first time since 2019! These small-group, outdoor walks will engage New Yorkers across the five boroughs and allow Jane’s Walk goers to celebrate the city together in-person.

On Wednesday, April 6th at 5:00 PM on Zoom, join us for a training session on how to lead an in-person walk! We will be joined by the Jane’s Walk NYC Team and MAS’s Director of Tours, Ted Mineau. Gain helpful tips and tricks on how to lead an engaging and educational walk on a topic of your choice.

Watch a recording of the session here!

Jane’s Walk Resources

Jane’s Walk 2022 – Walk Leader’s Guide  >

Jane’s Walk 2022 – FAQ  >

Jane’s Walk 2022 – Media Guide >

About Jane’s Walk NYC 

Jane’s Walk was founded as a way to celebrate the life and legacy of urban activist, Jane Jacobs, who believed in the power of individuals to influence their city. It now takes place in over 200 cities worldwide, with Jane’s Walk NYC, presented by the Municipal Art Society of New York, as the largest of these festivals. What started as a handful of walks in 2011 has since grown into a weekend of collective neighborhood storytelling featuring hundreds of walks online and across all five boroughs.

Take a look back at the 2021 Jane’s Walk NYC Festival  >