OpenHouseGI Permits Now Available for Governors Island’s 2017 Season


Expand your audience and bring your event to Governors Island in 2017! The OpenHouseGI permit process is now available for Governors Island’s 2017 season. OpenHouseGI offers 150,000 square feet of indoor space in the Island’s many historic former officer’s homes and 40 acres of outdoor space free of charge to organizations or individuals that create programming that is free and open to the public during the Island’s public season.

“Arts, culture and recreation are the heart and soul of Governors Island,” said Michael Samuelian, President of The Trust for Governors Island. “OpenHouseGI gives organizations the opportunity reach new audiences and activates the Island with a wide range of programming, reflecting the diverse fabric of New York City. We are pleased to offer this opportunity and look forward to seeing great new and exciting proposals that will enhance the Island’s reputation as a destination for all New Yorkers”.

OpenHouseGI offers more than two dozen former officers’ homes in Nolan Park and Colonels Row for groups to use, totaling 150,000 square feet of space. OpenHouseGI also offers 40 acres of outdoor space for public programs. Some of the green spaces in the Island’s Historic District include the Colonels Row Festival Grounds, the 10 acre Parade Ground, Nolan Park and the South Battery. The Play Lawn and other areas in the Island’s new park are also available for programming.

When applying to OpenHouseGI, organizations can propose programming for a day, multiple days, a week or multiple weeks. Organizations can also propose season long installations and programs. The Island typically welcomes 10,000 visitors each weekend day and last year welcomed nearly 600,000 visitors over the course of the season. More than 75% of visitors to the Island are from New York City and over 90% are from the Tri-State area.

The permit application, as well as information to apply for the 2017 season, is available here. Apply today and be a part of activating the Island in 2017!