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Trust for Gov­er­nors Island Releas­es Open Call for 2024 Orga­ni­za­tions in Residence


Photo by Sean Jamar

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island announced today the open­ing of its 2024 Open Call for the sea­son­al Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence pro­gram. Pre­sent­ed through Gov­er­nors Island Arts, the Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence pro­gram offers an excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for arts, cul­tur­al, edu­ca­tion­al, and envi­ron­men­tal non­prof­its to share their work with the pub­lic and advance their mis­sions in a set­ting unlike any­where else in New York City. Start­ing today, New York-based cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions are invit­ed to sub­mit pro­pos­als to present exhi­bi­tions and pub­lic pro­grams in his­toric spaces on Gov­er­nors Island between May and Octo­ber 2024. Select­ed orga­ni­za­tions will present pub­lic pro­grams with­in his­toric for­mer mil­i­tary homes in Nolan Park in Colonels Row and receive space free of charge.

Through Gov­er­nors Island Arts’ annu­al call for pro­pos­als, we are able to advance our mis­sion to pro­vide a plat­form for local orga­ni­za­tions while offer­ing New York­ers and vis­i­tors from around the world high-qual­i­ty, inno­v­a­tive, thought­ful, and free exhibits and activ­i­ties,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent & CEO of The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. As we enter our eleventh year of this sea­son­al pro­gram, we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to grow and cre­at­ing long-term, year-round homes for arts and cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions on Gov­er­nors Island.”

In 2023, we had our largest and most diverse group of orga­ni­za­tions ever here in the Island’s his­toric hous­es, pre­sent­ing more events for New York­ers than ever before,” said Juan Pablo Siles, Asso­ciate Cura­tor and Pro­duc­er at the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. We are excit­ed to con­tin­ue to cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for our city’s non­prof­it arts and cul­tur­al com­mu­ni­ty through the Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence pro­gram and look for­ward to wel­com­ing a new cohort of engag­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing orga­ni­za­tions to Gov­er­nors Island in the spring.”

Reflect­ing the diver­si­ty of New York City, Gov­er­nors Island Arts’ sea­son­al Orga­ni­za­tions in Res­i­dence present an incred­i­ble range of dynam­ic, acces­si­ble pro­gram­ming to Gov­er­nors Island vis­i­tors and all New York­ers every year. These non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions join a col­lab­o­ra­tive Island com­mu­ni­ty of lead­ing cul­tur­al groups from across New York, who present pro­grams in the fields of visu­al and per­form­ing arts, his­to­ry, archi­tec­ture and design, cli­mate change, ecol­o­gy, sus­tain­abil­i­ty, and more. Togeth­er, the Island’s res­i­dent orga­ni­za­tions hold more than 100 free, pub­lic exhi­bi­tions and out­door projects each year, as well as pro­vide stu­dios and work­space to dozens of artists, writ­ers, researchers, and oth­er cul­tur­al practitioners.

Recent orga­ni­za­tions select­ed as part of this pro­gram have includ­ed the Amer­i­can Indi­an Com­mu­ni­ty House, Art­Crawl Harlem, BronxArt­Space, the Cli­mate Muse­um, Stat­en Island Urban Cen­ter, the West Harlem Art Fund, Low­er East­side Girls Club, Foun­tain House Gallery, Flux Fac­to­ry, the Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary African Dias­po­ran Art (MoCA­DA), Bil­lion Oys­ter Project, Nation­al Acad­e­my of Design, New Art Deal­ers Alliance (NADA), Tai­wanese Amer­i­can Arts Coun­cil, Swale, the New York Latin Amer­i­can Art Tri­en­ni­al, and Tri­an­gle Arts Asso­ci­a­tion, among many others. 

The full appli­ca­tion is avail­able at www​.gov​is​land​.org/​p​e​rmits. Pro­pos­als will be accept­ed through Novem­ber 3, 2023. Appli­cants will be asked to fill out an appli­ca­tion form and upload a brief writ­ten pro­pos­al that describes their pro­gram in detail. Appli­cants will be noti­fied by Decem­ber 12023

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.

Invest­ment in Gov­er­nors Island Arts advances a key com­po­nent of Rebuild, Renew, Rein­vent: A Blue­print for NYC’s Eco­nom­ic Recov­ery,” New York City May­or Eric Adams’s vision for the future of the city’s econ­o­my. Over the next decade, the City and the Trust will invest in evolv­ing this sea­son­al pro­gram into year-round per­ma­nent homes for cul­tur­al orga­ni­za­tions on Gov­er­nors Island.