ARTSCONNECTION IS IN RESIDENCE ON GOVERNORS ISLAND
Presented through Governors Island Arts, the seasonal Organizations in Residence initiative is an annual program that selects nonprofits from across the city to present public programs in an historic home on the Island. We will be open to the public every weekend from May 7th through November 5th and have special programming during our residency.
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NAKED : TRUTH
Teens Curate Teens (TCT) presents the 2023 multimedia exhibition NAKED : TRUTH.
This marks the 12th year of TCT exhibitions, and features 25+ NYC teen artists in celebration of personal and universal narratives that investigate their raw authenticity during a time of major transition.
The TCT curators share “as teens we are coming into our own identity – changing physically and mentally. NAKED : TRUTH (although for everyone) is most importantly for and by us. We hope our peers experience a safe space to appreciate their unique truth at this important time.”
Opening May, 2023 | 1:00-4:00 pm
The exhibit is open to the public through July 30th.
For more information, visit the full announcement on our website.
In recent years the world has experienced unprecedented events that have threatened humanity. The Pandemic has affected many physically, mentally and emotionally. These issues call for avenues in which our shared human conditions can be embraced in a safe space. On June 17th artist Geuryung Lee will lead a workshop introducing beginners to the subtle yet powerful art of the brush stroke with an infusion of meditation and breathing practice. Combining the Sumi Ink drawing exercise and experiential writing, each participant will use meditation and art for the purpose of healing and expression of creativity.
Public event: Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 3:00-4:30pm
Dance – An interdisciplinary live performance based in structured dance improvisation in which artists produce several original works over the course of 90 minutes. The performance is divided into 3 sets, each with a 25-minute duration and 10-minute intermission.
Public event: Saturday, June 24th | 3:00 pm
Music – HANDMADE FOR KIDS presents Music and Words for the Young in Everyone, a concert for children and adults of all ages featuring Ruben Gonzalez, Alda Reuter, and Benjamin Perez Hidalgo.
Public event: Saturday, July 1 | 3:00 pm
Music — The Celestials sing astral folk in a blues and gospel mixture of acoustic/electric instrumentation, spacious vocal harmonies, and incisive lyrics. A music collective from NY, CT, and VT with songwriting by Clare Byrne and Dan Strauss, and musicians Amy Larimer and Nicholas Leichter.
Public event: Saturday, July 8 | 3:00 pm
Dance & Health/Wellness – Using the arts as a pathway and access point to a variety of wellness activities, multi-disciplinarian actress, dancer, choreographer, doula, and certified nutrition health coach Tiffany Barrett will host an arts wellness day divided into two sessions, one for younger participants and another for older participants including mindfulness exercises, movement exploration.
Public event: Saturday, July 22 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Dance – Prophecy for 22nd Century instead of Manifesto is a futuristic dance performance set to “Summer” from Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons violin concerti. Joined by several dancers and contemporary musicians, Zanki combines themes of art and food justice with music and dance to explore the kinds of communities we want to envision in a post-Pandemic world.
Public event: Saturday, July 29 | 3:00 pm | outdoors on grass
Rain date: July 30th at 3:00 pm
Theater & Community — residency play reading/development
Public event: Sunday, August 20 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | outdoor mindfulness/yoga
Theater – Sindy Castro presents un lugar imaginario as a part of New Victory LabWorks. This cross between art installation and performance piece/play explores the imaginary world a young girl constructs in memory of her father’s death and the processing of grief she and her mother experience in its aftermath.
Public event: Saturday, August 26 | NOON – 2:00 pm | Open Space: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fiber Arts/Puppetry Residency
Join artist J Hann for a teatime/fiber arts circle to conclude their month-long residency. You may bring whatever crochet, knitting, felting, sewing, etc. project you wish to work on, or free materials will be available to you. Guests will drink tea and listen to Regency Era music while they craft, as well as being invited to explore the artist’s development process from the residency (storyboards, puppets, etc.) and participate in a collaborative crochet sculpture the public will join in to create.
Public event: Sunday, August 27 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm
KIM GRIER (Rod Rogers)
Dance – House Fest organizations in residency celebration weekend
Public event: Friday, September 1 | time tbd
Visual Arts – Leading with the guiding question, ‘What is it like to be you?’ mixed media visual artist and educator Angel Thompson will host a formal workshop highlighting process-based art making that seeks to reduce the barriers to engagement in the artmaking process by reminding participants that their voice and their experience is valued. Participants will also be invited to interact directly with finished artwork produced during the residency for a process of art rearranging to cultivate a dialogue and relation to one another in the space.
Public event: Saturday, September 16 | 1:00 pm
TRUTH FUTURE BACHMAN
Music – Governors Island is doing world class, ground-breaking horticultural work. They are eliminating all invasive species of plants and pests from the island, restoring the space to its natural habitat while setting an ecological example for New York City and the world at large. In collaboration with Logan Fischer, the senior gardener on Governors Island, composer Truth Future Bachman will present a suite of songs that allows audiences to interact with the unique natural habitat on Governors Island through a sense of play, adventure, and connection to the land.
Public event: Sunday, September 24 | 2:00 pm
Stop Motion Animation viewing — Bridget and Riana Johnson are a sister animating duo. In celebration of their roots, they created 6 short stop motion films that tell the story of their Mexican-American family working and living in the rural mining towns of Arizona. They will be screening their films alongside a small installation that puts the audience right in their grandma’s living room.
Public event: Stop Mation Animation viewing | September 22-24 | time tbd
Visual Arts – Multidisciplinary artist Manuel Acevedo presents The Altered Sites series, a collection of original photographs of places and monuments that have been changed, removed, restored, etc. using a variety of interventions. Guests are to consider the imaginative possibilities of a given place through image or object, and transform it, if only superficially. During the open studio exhibition, participants are invited to alter a set of local photographs by drawing/collage on the surface and consider the current space, site, and status quo as it could be otherwise.
Public event: Sunday, October 15 | 1:00 pm
Found object & Recyclables Puppet or Mask Making Workshop
PUPPETRY – Puppetry artist and Mask maker Kyla McKoll will lead participants through creating masks with upcycled materials – bring your cardboard (cereal boxes, toilet paper tubes etc) and scavenge for additions on Governor’s Island and transform them into fabulous creatures.
Public event: Saturday, October 21 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
MULTIMEDIA DANCE – Multimedia dance artist Chia-ying Kao presents This is Cactus Land, inspired by their personal experiences suffering through postpartum depression, family illness, and financial struggles as a working immigrant artist. Through this performance the artist hopes to bring awareness to issues of mental health especially as they relate to the experiences of immigrants and women.
Public event: October 28 | time tbd
Musical Theater – Writer Andrew Strano presents a workshop of a musical retelling of the “ridiculously hyper-masculine myth” Jason and the Argonauts. Exploring the toxic nature of masculinity from the outside, the musical is being written specifically for women, gender expansive, trans masc, trans femme, gender non-conforming, and femme performers, and makes Michael Bolton, Silk Sonic and Boyz II Men sound like they could’ve committed harder to the bit, leaning on imagination and theatricality to put this somewhere squarely between Peter Cetera and Peter and the StarCatcher.