2017 Season Announced on Governors Island
Apr 5, 2017 4:38 pm
The Trust for Governors Island (The Trust) today announced its 2017 public season. With an early opening, New Yorkers will be able to experience the spring season for the first time in one of New York City’s most beautiful public spaces. Building off an eventful 2016 season with a record-breaking 600,000 visitors, the Island will be activated with more programming and recreational activities than ever. A diverse array of arts, cultural and educational organizations, as well as brand new recreational activities will offer something for visitors of all ages. Governors Island opens to the public on Monday, May 1 and will be open every day through October 1.
“Governors Island is a treasure for the whole city, and an incredible magnet for culture and innovation,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’re excited to kick off another great season and early opening for all New Yorkers to enjoy.”
“A visit to Governors Island is the easiest way to get away, and an extended season is our first step towards year-round activation with more opportunities to relax, play, learn and discover the jewel of the Harbor”, said Michael Samuelian, president of The Trust for Governors Island. “I invite every New Yorker to enjoy springtime for the first time on Governors Island. From grilling, cycling and lounging to exploring the arts and learning how to compost, we have something for everyone this year”.
Arts and culture are the heart and soul of Governors Island, and visitors will have the chance to explore more exhibits and programs than ever from both new organizations and familiar faces. Longstanding Island tenant Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) returns with an exciting array of arts programming at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island, including a solo exhibition with artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed, three Open Studios events showcasing works by their artists-in-residence, and the annual River To River Festival featuring MOAT, a performance and installation by Jodi Melnick and The Set Up: Island Ghost Sleep Princess Time Story Show, a series of performances by lead artists Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey.
Island favorites celebrating 10 years of programming include 4heads with their annual art fair and season-long children’s education programs in Colonels Row, the African Film Festival Family Fun Day and the Sculptors Guild’s Currently 80, curated by John Yau, including work by 50 of its present members in wood, clay, steel, stone, bronze, fabric, neon, paper, installations, and digital multi-media.
New art groups include the Staten Island based Labyrinth Arts Collective Face to Face: Imagine Thyself, an interactive weekend of mask making, portrait taking and celebration of individuality. The Public Works Department will present Sanctuary Cities, a global performance art project linking five cities along 17th century Dutch trade routes and exploring our interconnected histories against the backdrop of contemporary issues.
Education and exploration continues to be a key part of the Governors Island experience. This year, the Billion Oyster Project will showcase the importance of oysters to our local waterways in a season-long exhibition in Nolan Park. The New York Historical Society celebrates NYC and the Women’s Suffrage Movement through a teen-curated exhibition commemorating the 100-year anniversary of New York State granting women the right to vote. Visitors with a green thumb and a love for animals can visit the Island’s Urban Farm on weekends starting on May 27. GrowNYC will showcase the growing, harvesting and cooking of vegetables grown in their teaching garden. Earth Matter will continue to share methods of making compost, including how chickens and goats help ensure that there is no waste wasted on Governors Island.
New special events include the Island’s first ever free Holi Hai Spring Color Festival on opening weekend, where attendees will celebrate diversity through playing with colors, dancing and music. The New York Transit Museum will take a trip down memory lane with the Vintage Bus Bash on the Island, no bus fare required. Returning favorites include FIGMENT’s weekend of playful participatory art, the iconic Jazz Age Lawn Party, Family Fun Day hosted by the Friends of Governors Island, Pinknic, the Brooklyn Music Festival and City of Water Day.
See you on the ferry!