Arts & Culture
Governors Island is a place for artists to immerse themselves in research and investigation, experiment with new ideas and forge connections across fields and disciplines. Through bold installations and engaging public programming, the Trust for Governors Island’s art program offers audiences both individual and communal experiences that demonstrate the power of art to explore challenging questions and shape how we navigate the future.
Cultural expression is at the core of Governors Island’s identity. The Island’s rich and varied environments, architecture and histories provide an unparalleled platform for deeply transformative experiences with the arts. 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 for Governors Island has commissioned significant permanent and temporary artworks by artists such as Rachel Whiteread, Susan Philipsz, David Brooks, Jacob Hashimoto, Shantell Martin and Duke Riley.
Bringing even more art to the Island, the Trust has partnered with and hosted public artworks and events by cultural organizations from across New York, including Public Art Fund, Creative Time, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Storm King Art Center, Performa and Film at Lincoln Center. The Trust also hosts approximately 25 cultural, educational and environmental organizations in its historic houses in Nolan Park and Colonels Row, which are used to present collaborative exhibitions, public programs and artist residencies that serve communities from New York City and beyond.
Through public artworks, exhibitions, events and programs, the Trust strives to create transformative encounters with art for all New Yorkers.
Apply to become a seasonal Organization in Residence
Organizations in Residence receive access to indoor programming space in one of the historic houses in Nolan Park and Colonels Row where they present free, public programming, as well as host artists, writers, researchers and other creative practitioners. Click here for more information and to submit a proposal.
Propose an outdoor public program or cultural event
Arts and cultural organizations interested in utilizing outdoor space on Governors Island for public programming including performances, art installations and more may submit a proposal here.
Propose an outdoor public artwork as part of the Trust’s Public Art Commissions.
The Trust presents a limited number of public art projects each year as part of its public art commissioning program. Artists and organizations interested in showing work on the Island as part of this program are invited to contact the Trust’s Arts and Culture team at firstname.lastname@example.org and share a proposal.