Governors Island Arts Issues Call For Proposals For 2023 Organizations In Residence Season

November 7, 2022

Governors Island Arts have issued an open call for the 2023 Organizations from Harlem to Hudson in Residence programming season.

Starting today, Governors Island Arts will accept proposals for organizations to join the Island’s established and growing seasonal cultural community from April through October 2023.

The program is located within more than two dozen historic former military homes in Governors Island’s Historic District and is open to artistic, cultural, environmental, and educational nonprofit organizations.

The complete application can be downloaded at  

“Governors Island has become a renowned hub for the arts, education and culture with an audience of nearly one million annual visitors,” said Clare Newman, President & CEO of The Trust for Governors Island. “Governors Island Arts’ annual call for proposals provides us with an opportunity to build on our mission to provide a platform for art and non-profit organizations while also providing New Yorkers and visitors from around the globe with high-quality, innovative, thoughtful and free programming and exhibits that represent the best the art and cultural worlds have to offer.”

“We look forward to welcoming a new cohort of engaging and thought-provoking organizations to the Island’s annual Organizations in Residence program,” said Juan Pablo Siles, Associate Curator and Producer at the Trust for Governors Island. “Each year the program provides vital opportunities for a diverse group of nonprofits to be in the spotlight, as well as fantastic, accessible programming for visitors to experience and interact with.”

Reflecting the diversity of New York City in one cultural hub, Governors Island Arts’ seasonal Organizations in Residence present dynamic, accessible, free programming to Governors Island visitors and all New Yorkers each year. These nonprofit organizations join an interdisciplinary, collaborative community of leading cultural groups from across New York, who present programs in the fields of visual and performing arts, history, architecture and design, climate change, ecology, sustainability and more. Together, the Island’s resident organizations hold more than 100 free, public exhibitions and outdoor projects each year, as well as provide studios and workspace to dozens of artists, writers, researchers, and other cultural practitioners.

Recent organizations selected as part of this program have included The American Indian Community House, ArtCrawl Harlem, BronxArtSpace, The Climate Museum, Flux Factory, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA), National Academy of Design, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), Swale, the New York Latin American Art Triennial, BronxArtSpace, and Triangle Arts Association, among many others.

The application and additional information is available at Proposals will be accepted through December 5, 2022. Applicants will be asked to fill out an application form and then upload a written proposal that describes their program in more detail. Applicants will be notified on December 19, 2022.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the overall quality of the proposed program; fit and alignment with the Island’s dynamic arts, cultural and educational programming; track record of conceptualizing, producing and organizing other programs and events; commitment to connecting with diverse audiences; and engagement with the Island as a site, including its history, ecology, architecture and relationship to the rest of New York City.

Governors Island Arts

Governors Island Arts, the public arts and cultural program presented by the Trust for Governors Island, creates transformative encounters with art for all New Yorkers, inviting artists and researchers to engage with the issues of our time in the context of the Island’s layered histories, environments, and architecture. Governors Island Arts achieves this mission through temporary and long-term public art commissions, an annual Organization in Residence program in the Island’s historic houses, and free public programs and events in partnership with a wide range of cross-disciplinary NYC cultural organizations. For more information, visit 

The Trust for Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island is a nonprofit corporation created by the City of New York that is responsible for the redevelopment and operation of 150 acres of Governors Island. The Trust’s mission is to realize the full potential of Governors Island for the inspiration and enjoyment of all New Yorkers, demonstrating a bold vision for public space. For more information, visit 

Photo credit: Julienne Schaer.

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