FIGMENT Helps Transforms Governors Island into an Island of Art

FIGMENT art installations and performances were all around Governors Island last weekend.

FIGMENT took over Governors Island last weekend, and more than 20,000 visitors came to the Island over the course of the weekend to see all that was going on here. 

Art was everywhere — there were performances and bands in Colonels Row, interactive art in Nolan Park for kids and adults of all ages, the Living Pavilion on the Parade Ground and of course artist designed miniature golf and an interactive sculpture garden. 

Some of our younger visitors enjoy FIGMENT's artist designed miniature golf course

If you didn’t have a chance to take the free ferry from either Manhattan or Brooklyn this past weekend, don’t despair! You can still enjoy FIGMENT’s 11 hole, artist designed miniature golf course and interactive sculpture garden at Liggett Terrace. Both are up until October so you have plenty more opportunities to experience FIGMENT on the Island.

Governors Island’s 2010 Season Features More Events, Exhibits and Programs Than Ever Before

Picnic Point will again be open to visitors and will feature events, exhibitions and outdoor sculpture

Since June 5 will be here before we know it, we posted Governors Island‘s 2010 calendar of events earlier today. This summer will feature more events, programs, performances and exhibits than ever before. 

There will be programs, performances and activities for a diverse array of visitors, including musical concerts featuring artists like Roseanne CashFIGMENT’s free artist designed miniature golf course for kids and adults, food festivals, and much more. The ferry ride and most activities are free. 

The Island will be open every Friday – Sunday from June 5 through October 10. 

Visitors can again bike on more than five miles of car-free paths and roadways. They can bring their own bikes or rent one while they are on the Island. Every Friday, bikes are free for up to one hour as a part of Bike and Roll’s™ Free Bike Fridays program. 

For the first time, visitors will be able to enjoy programming in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s (LMCC’s) artist studios, which are the newest addition to Governors Island. Currently, nearly 30 visual and performing artists are working on the Island each day. During the public access season, LMCC will schedule a robust series of performances for Island visitors and also open artist studios for visitors to see works in progress. Another new addition to the Island will be Water Taxi Beach’s Backstage Café, which is located in a building adjacent to the Beach and the ferry landing. In addition to Water Taxi Beach, the café will be a new place where visitors can enjoy food and beverages. 

Artists from LMCC's artist studio program are busy at work inside Building 110. The studios will be open to the public this summer

Visitors enjoyed a concert at Water Taxi Beach in 2009. The Beach will again feature concerts and programs for visitors

 Visitors will also be able to enjoy acres of green spaces. The entire 92 acre Historic District, the 2.2 mile Great Promenade around the Island, and Picnic Point will be open to visitors. At Picnic Point, visitors can use hammocks, Adirondack chairs and swings while also enjoying unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. Visitors can also take a tour of the three acre Added Value sustainable farm there. 

 The Children’s Museum of the Arts is again providing their Free Island Outpost program to children and families. Every Friday – Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM, teaching artists will be available in one of the Island’s historic buildings to do hands-on arts programs with children. 

These are just a few of the activities and programs that visitors to the Island will be able to enjoy this summer. A full list of programs can be found here, but remember, new events are being added all the time so check back often. 

And make sure you mark your calendars for our opening day, June 5. We hope to see you out on the Island.

Free mini golf is big hit!

Today’s Village Voice features an article about two mini golf courses in NYC, including Figment’s City of Dreams Miniature Golf Course right here on Governors Island.  Thousands of our visitors have played the free course that was designed entirely by artists. And we have found that adults love to play as much as the kids! This course is one of only a small handful of miniature golf courses in the five boroughs, so if you haven’t had a chance to play yet, get yourself out to the Island this weekend to experience free mini golf in the middle of New York Harbor.

One of our vistors enjoyes Figment's City of Dreams golf course (photo by Marco Repola)

One of our vistors enjoyes Figment's City of Dreams golf course (photo by Marco Repola)

Governors Island is named one of NYC’s best “daycations”

Eyewitness News just named Governors Island one of New York City’s best daycations as a part of their “Summer Savings” series. They recognized the Island for being a great place where New York City residents can go this summer to enjoy an entire day of FREE activities. They particularly loved our Free Bike Fridays, artist-designed miniature golf, and the incredible views you can enjoy from the promenade here. In just three weeks, you can check it all out for yourself, spending an entire day enjoying all the Island has to offer.

For the first time this year, Island visitors can enjoy all 2.2 miles of the Promenade

For the first time this year, Island visitors can enjoy all 2.2 miles of the PromenadeThis Island visitor will have even more fun this year when an entire 18 hole mini golf course is open to the public

This Island visitor will have even more fun this year with a full 18 hole artist designed mini golf course

This Island visitor will have even more fun this year with a full 18 hole artist designed mini golf course

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