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This Weekend on Governors Island

This Weekend

Park Preview Weekend, Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29, Noon to 6 PM
Preview the new park under construction for one weekend only! Head to the Liggett Hall Arch and enter the park construction site to see the hedge labyrinth in Liggett Terrace, the newly laid asphalt paths, plantings, trees, incredible views of the Statue of Liberty and so much more – all without a hard hat! Fun facts will let visitors know all that is happening in this extraordinary space and staff will be on hand to answer visitor questions.

Superstorm Sandy Success Stories: Designing a Resilient Park, Tour of the Governors Island Park construction site, Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 1:30-2:15 PM
Take a tour of the park construction site and learn more about how the Governors Island Park was designed with climate change in mind. Saturday's tour will be led by The Trust for Governors Island. Sunday's tour will be led by Jamie Maslyn of West 8. No pre-registration required. Meet at the Arch at Liggett Hall.

Park Horticulture Tour, Park Construction site, Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29, 3:30-4:15 PM
Learn more about hortifculture in the Island's new park and public spaces. Saturday's tour will be led by Annette Wilkus of Siteworks. Sunday's tour is led by Will Hart of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects.

Saturday and Sunday, September 28 and 29: LMCC Art Center at Governors Island Open Studios, 12 PM – 5 PM
Join LMCC for the last 2013 public access weekend at Governors Island! Visit with visual and performing artists who have been working at Building 110: LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island since August. The weekend will feature behind-the-scenes access to 20 visual artists' studios and an open rehearsal by Mei-Yin Ng.
Work by: Jonathan Allen, Nobutaka Aozaki, Lena Bergendahl, Rachel de Joode, Lisa Fairstein, Good Work Productions (Tijana Miskovic and Nina Wengel), Dominic Mangila, Eileen Maxson, New Draft Collective (Libby Pratt and Michi Jigarjian), Mei-Yin Ng, Sarah Nicholls, Really Large Numbers (Chad Stayrook and Julia Oldham), Raúl Diaz Reyes, Romy Scheroder, Jennifer Schmidt, Maxwell Stolkin, Ginta Vasermane, Carlos Vela-Prado and Claudia Cortinez, Elizabeth White, Jade Yumang, Jiajia Zhang

Educating Tomorrow, September 28, 9am-1pm
Public school teachers from around NYC will visit the Earth Matter Compost Outpost for a workshop on sustainability and compost education. For more information visit:

Green Apple Day of Service: Zero Waste Volunteer Day, September 29, 1-5pm
Join Green Apple Day of Service volunteers to educate Island visitors on how to separate and recycle food scraps. For more information or to register, email email or visit:

4Heads Governors Island Art Fair, Weekends in September, All Day, Building 111, Colonels Row and Nolan Park
Indulge your curiosity by exploring the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island Art Fair, 100 singular rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance art. Run by artists, for artists, New York's largest independent exhibition enters its 6th year this fall. Once again GIAF organizers, 4heads, have sifted through a sea of creative proposals from New York and around the world, giving 100 of the best a full room each, in which to wreak havoc as they see fit. 4heads' programs are tailored to serve the under-resourced, attracting hidden culture and fostering community through collaborative expression.

ArtShare for HeartShare, Weekends in September, 11:30am to 5:30pm, Building 15
This exhibition showcases the talents and creative abilities of artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and neurological impairment. In addition to raising awareness of the capabilities of the people with disabilities, our artists continually progress in their art, expressing themselves in beautiful and meaningful ways.

Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy presented by The International Center of Photography and the Museum of the City of New York, 12 PM – 6:00 PM Building 19
In collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York, ICP presents an exhibition of photographs of the damage and recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Drawn from an open call for submissions from the public that has drawn over 5,000 submissions, the exhibition includes work from professional photographers as well as community members and bystanders who photographed the effects of the devastating storm and the subsequent recovery efforts.

Children's Museum of the Arts Free Art Island Outpost Program, 11am to 3pm, Nolan Park
Join CMA's Teaching Artists for free hands on art-making each weekend. Collaborate with other visitors on a variety of themed art workshops including painting, sound design, sculpture, animation, podcasting, and more!!

Earth Matter’s Compost at the Outpost, 12pm to 4pm, South Battery
Stop by the new location at South Battery in the historic district for a fun and FREE hands-on eco-experience! Meet our composting buddies: the goats, chickens and worms that help us recycle food scraps into “black gold.” (They love picnic leftovers!)

Empire Historic Arts presents Shipwrecked! A History of Maritime Disasters in NYC Harbor, All Day, Nolan Park, Building 20B 
“Shipwrecked!” provides thousands of visitors to Governors Island an inside look at local maritime mayhem. Using artifacts pulled up from the depths of New York City's harbors, and related sea and sailor materials, we create a story that will illuminate both the history of the island and the surrounding areas. The exhibit includes artifacts from public and private collections up and down the Hudson, many never before seen by the public.

Fête Paradiso: A Festival of Vintage Carousels and Carnival Rides, All Season (Stating July 13), All Day, Nolan Park
Fête Paradiso, the world’s first festival of vintage French carnival rides and carousels, makes its American debut on Governors Island. The rare, museum-quality collection, which includes a diverse array of attractions from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as carousels, flying swings and a pipe organ, will be available for the public to ride and enjoy every weekend. Admission to the Festival is free; rides and games cost $3 each.

FIGMENT 2013 Summer-Long Installations, All Day, Parade Ground
This summer, FIGMENT's acclaimed interactive Sculpture Garden, artist-designed Minigolf Course and City of Dreams Pavilion welcome visitors to the Parade Grounds to play with, dance around, contemplate on, and experience these wonderfully imaginative installations. One centerpiece of FIGMENT's summer-long installations for 2013 is the Treehouse, expanded and returning to Governors Island for a third year.

2013 also heralds the return of the City of Dreams Pavilion: FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architect Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York proudly present Studio Klimoski Chang Architects’ Head in the Clouds as the winner of the third annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition. Head in the Clouds will offer visitors the chance to walk into the clouds, experiencing them from the inside out.

This year's Minigolf Course is based on the theme "State of the Art." The artist-designed golf holes invite visitors to putt newer! faster! better!, and feel the spirit of visionaries past into the present with innovative ideas and breathless concepts of “the future.”

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Arts Center at Governors Island, 11am-5pm, Building 110
LMCCand its artists-in-residence welcome audience to Building 110's Gallery and their studios. Discover new artists, engage in the artistic process and simply enjoy the art in this stunning setting this summer. LMCC is also the lead presenter of the River to River Festival, a four- week, multidisciplinary arts festival throughout Lower Manhattan.

Mü-Math: The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking, 11am to 5pm, Nolan Park, Building 20A 
Mü-Math returns for its second summer on Governors Island with a baker's dozen of "hands on, minds on" brain stumpers designed to engage children from 8 to 80. Jump some taxi cabs, split up some apartments, or figure out the missing number on a subway car, you'll be entertained and maybe even educated along the way.

Rising Tide presented by the Sculptors Guild, 11 am to 5 pm, Nolan Park, Building 19
Almost nine months after Hurricane Sandy, artists across the region are still putting the pieces of their lives back together, getting into their (in some cases, devastated) studios, and creating new work. This show will acknowledge rising tides of all stripes (political, social, psychological) in the hope of drawing attention to the new forms that result -- to the bright and shiny treasures that have now washed ashore.

Terreform ONE: Governors Hook Urbaneering Exhibit, All Day, Building 110
Stop by building 110 right here on the island to check out LMCC’s art center exhibit. You’ll be amazed as the exhibit portrays future innovative architecture, urban design and landscapes.

Better Than Jam: Handmade Gifts Shop, 11am to 6pm, Nolan Park, Building 16
For its 3rd year, the Brooklyn boutique of all locally handmade products, brings the creations of New York City's most talented artists and crafters. BTJ moves back into one of the beautiful and historic houses of Nolan Park and the cute yellow Victorian home is filled with the work of talented people, who have created some amazing and original products just for the island shop. Visitors get to take home a tangible memento from their Governors Island visit—a souvenir that was designed and crafted nearby with the island in mind. FREE family-friendly demonstrations and workshops on Saturdays 1pm to 4pm, will be hosted by the Etsy New York Team, to teach visitors some of their skills, used in creating these unique products.

Free Kayaking, Saturday, 10am to 3pm, Pier 101
Brought to you by the Downtown Boathouse, enjoy some fun time out on the water with this summery activity featuring beautiful views of New York Harbor!