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Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view an updated ferry schedule.

Governors Island is now open to the public year-round, every day from 7am-6pm. Ferries run daily from Manhattan, click here to view an updated ferry schedule.

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.

See cur­rent­ly open oppor­tu­ni­ties for artists and cul­tur­al prac­ti­tion­ers on Gov­er­nors Island here.

Explore Arts and Cul­ture on View

Public Art on Governors Island

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Cultural Programs in Historic Houses

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Upcoming Events and Programs

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Cur­rent Opportunities

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 arts@govisland.org and share a proposal.