Trust for Gov­er­nors Island Announces Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence Select­ed for 2023 Pro­gram­ming Season


Nolan Park; photo by Philip Greenberg

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island today announced the 2023 Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence, with non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions from all five bor­oughs set to expand cul­tur­al offer­ings for Gov­er­nors Island vis­i­tors start­ing this spring. More than two dozen orga­ni­za­tions were select­ed for this annu­al sea­son­al pro­gram, and will present free visu­al art, envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion, and cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming inside his­toric for­mer mil­i­tary hous­es from May through Octo­ber 2023.

Pre­sent­ed through Gov­er­nors Island Arts, the Trust’s sig­na­ture arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram, the Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence ini­tia­tive invites non­prof­its from across the city to present engag­ing pub­lic pro­grams while pro­vid­ing work­space and artist res­i­den­cies. Through this unique pro­gram, the Trust offers non­prof­it groups the oppor­tu­ni­ty to reach a diverse and grow­ing audi­ence of engaged vis­i­tors, where col­lab­o­ra­tion is encour­aged and work­space is pro­vid­ed free of charge. Each year, more than 200 artists and researchers receive flex­i­ble, free work­space through this pro­gram. Over the next decade, the City of New York and the Trust will invest in evolv­ing this sea­son­al pro­gram into year-round per­ma­nent homes for cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions on Gov­er­nors Island, cre­at­ing a one-of-a-kind cul­tur­al cam­pus in Nolan Park.

Each year, a dynam­ic group of non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions con­verge here on Gov­er­nors Island to present some of the most excit­ing cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences our city has to offer,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. As the Island’s cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ty con­tin­ues to grow, we look for­ward to wel­com­ing more vis­i­tors than ever to direct­ly engage with the artists, exhi­bi­tions, and oth­er cul­tur­al inter­ven­tions in Nolan Park and Colonels Row.” 

Gov­er­nors Island Arts’ Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence pro­gram and its par­tic­i­pants con­sis­tent­ly present unique, time­ly works, rep­re­sent­ing a pow­er­ful inter­sec­tion of per­spec­tives and pro­vid­ing an invalu­able cul­tur­al resource for Island vis­i­tors and all New York­ers,” said Juan Pablo Siles, Asso­ciate Cura­tor and Pro­duc­er at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. With eight new non­prof­its join­ing the Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence com­mu­ni­ty this year, vis­i­tors can look for­ward to enjoy­ing a range of pub­lic pro­gram offer­ings from cross-dis­ci­pli­nary orga­ni­za­tions from every sin­gle borough.”

This year’s cohort will present pro­gram­ming in and around the his­toric hous­es of Nolan Park and Colonels Row on Gov­er­nors Island, enliven­ing these his­toric dis­tricts dur­ing the Island’s high­est vis­i­ta­tion sea­son and hold­ing 200+ free pub­lic pro­grams for Island vis­i­tors. The hous­es will be open to the pub­lic Fri­day through Sun­day from 11am to 5pm begin­ning May 52023

The 2023 Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence are:

Amer­i­can Indi­an Com­mu­ni­ty House Man­hat­tan

ArtsCon­nec­tion Man­hat­tan*

Art­Crawl Harlem Man­hat­tan

BronxArt­Space The Bronx

Bil­lion Oys­ter Project Man­hat­tan

Escap­ing Time: Art from U.S. Pris­ons Man­hat­tan

Flux Fac­to­ry Queens

KODA Brook­lyn

Foun­tain House Man­hat­tan*

Har­vest­works Man­hat­tan

The Low­er East­side Girls Club Man­hat­tan*

The Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary African Dias­po­ran Arts (MoCA­DA) Brook­lyn

New Art Deal­ers Alliance (NADA) Man­hat­tan

New York Latin Amer­i­can Art Tri­en­ni­al Man­hat­tan

NYC Audubon Man­hat­tan

Oye Group Brook­lyn*

Pratt School of Archi­tec­ture Brook­lyn

Project Bring It Home/​The Stars of Tomor­row Project, Inc. Man­hat­tan*

Res­i­den­cy Unlim­it­ed (RU) Brook­lyn

Stat­en Island Urban Cen­ter Stat­en Island*

Swale Brook­lyn

Syra­cuse Uni­ver­si­ty Stu­dio Art M.F.A. Syra­cuse, NY

Tai­wanese Amer­i­can Arts Coun­cil Queens*

Trans­Bor­der­Art Queens*

West Harlem Art Fund Man­hat­tan

* Denotes a first-time mem­ber of the Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence program

In addi­tion, NYU Gal­latin Wet­Lab (Man­hat­tan) and Cumbe: Cen­ter for African and Dias­po­ra Dance (Brook­lyn) will present free out­door pro­grams, class­es, work­shops, and events at dif­fer­ent loca­tions around the Island dur­ing the pro­gram­ming sea­son. Click here to view more infor­ma­tion about the 2023 Orga­ni­za­tions in Residence. 

Since open­ing to the pub­lic in 2005, Gov­er­nors Island has become a beloved des­ti­na­tion and cul­tur­al resource for New York City. Begin­ning in 2013, the Trust has com­mis­sioned sig­nif­i­cant per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary art­works by artists includ­ing Rachel Whiteread, Susan Philip­sz, David Brooks, Jacob Hashimo­to, Shantell Mar­tin, Duke Riley, Richard Move, Sam Van Aken, Mark Dion, and Charles Gaines. 

Gov­er­nors Island has under­gone a tremen­dous trans­for­ma­tion over the last decade, includ­ing the expan­sion of year-round pub­lic access and the cre­ation of a resilient 43-acre park, a grow­ing arts and cul­tur­al pro­gram, and remark­able growth in audi­ence. The Island is home to a diverse num­ber of year-round ten­ants, includ­ing the Urban Assem­bly New York Har­bor School, Low­er Man­hat­tan Cul­tur­al Coun­cil, Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, Shan­dak­en: Projects, Beam Cen­ter, the Insti­tute for Pub­lic Archi­tec­ture, and QCNY, as well as But­ter­milk Labs — a new mul­ti-ten­ant hub for coastal cli­mate solu­tions announced in Fall 2021

The Trust is cur­rent­ly in the process of select­ing an anchor edu­ca­tion­al and research insti­tu­tion as part of the Cen­ter for Cli­mate Solu­tions, a ground­break­ing ini­tia­tive designed to fur­ther New York City as a glob­al leader in efforts to respond to the cli­mate cri­sis. A key part of May­or Adams’ Rebuild, Renew, Rein­vent: A Blue­print for NYC’s Eco­nom­ic Recov­ery,” the project will sup­port the research, devel­op­ment and demon­stra­tion of equi­table cli­mate solu­tions for New York City— that can be scaled and applied globally.