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Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view schedules and book tickets.

Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view schedules and book tickets.

Join the Cul­tur­al Com­mu­ni­ty on Gov­er­nors Island as an Orga­ni­za­tion in Residence

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Image courtesy of The Climate Museum

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island has released a call for pro­pos­als for orga­ni­za­tions in res­i­dence, open to artis­tic, cul­tur­al, envi­ron­men­tal and edu­ca­tion­al non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions for the 2022 pub­lic sea­son, between May 1 to Octo­ber 31 of next year. Unique pro­gram­ming space with­in — and around — more than two dozen his­toric for­mer mil­i­tary homes will be offered to qual­i­fy­ing orga­ni­za­tions propos­ing free pub­lic pro­grams, includ­ing exhi­bi­tions, per­for­mances, work­shops, screen­ings, talks, res­i­den­cies and more.

Gov­er­nors Island offers a dynam­ic plat­form for orga­ni­za­tions to present cre­ative projects of var­i­ous forms and con­nect with a diverse and grow­ing audi­ence of near­ly one mil­lion annu­al vis­i­tors. In 2021, as part of the Trust’s arts and cul­ture pro­gram, more than two dozen orga­ni­za­tions pre­sent­ed exhibits, work­shops, per­for­mances, artist res­i­den­cies and events in the his­toric hous­es of Nolan Park and Colonels Row, which once served as homes to mil­i­tary offi­cers and their fam­i­lies dur­ing the Island’s near­ly two-cen­tu­ry his­to­ry as an Army and Coast Guard base.

Past arts and cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions in res­i­dence include the New Art Deal­ers Alliance, Pio­neer Works, the Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary African Dias­po­ran Arts (MoCA­DA), the Amer­i­can Indi­an Com­mu­ni­ty House, 4heads, NARS Foun­da­tion, BronxArt­Space, Children’s Muse­um of the Arts and more. The pro­gram has also host­ed orga­ni­za­tions direct­ly engag­ing in issues ded­i­cat­ed to address­ing the glob­al cli­mate cri­sis, includ­ing the Cli­mate Muse­um, NYC Audubon, the Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, and the New York Vir­tu­al Vol­cano Lab, facil­i­tat­ed by vol­ca­nol­o­gists from CUNY. Res­i­dent orga­ni­za­tions also have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to col­lab­o­rate with year-round cul­tur­al ten­ants on the Island, includ­ing The Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Coun­cil, Beam Cen­ter and Shan­dak­en Projects.

The appli­ca­tion and addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion is avail­able online here.

Pro­pos­als will be eval­u­at­ed based on the over­all qual­i­ty of the pro­posed pro­gram; fit and align­ment with the Island’s dynam­ic arts, cul­tur­al and edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram­ming; track record of con­cep­tu­al­iz­ing, pro­duc­ing and orga­niz­ing oth­er pro­grams and events; com­mit­ment to con­nect­ing with diverse audi­ences; and engage­ment with the Island as a site, includ­ing its his­to­ry, ecol­o­gy, archi­tec­ture and rela­tion­ship to the rest of New York City.

Pro­pos­als will be accept­ed through Octo­ber 292021