With public programming derailed, Governors Island buildings will be opened to New York artists

The LMCC Arts Center at Governors Island Timothy Schenck

With indoor programming on Governors Island derailed by the coronavirus, its governing trust and a group of New York cultural institutions announced today that they are offering free residencies to around 115 artists and other cultural workers in the unused spaces they oversee there.

The Trust for Governors Island, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and 18 cultural groups said the indoor spaces, normally used for events like exhibitions, an art fair and other public programming, would be repurposed as studios or other places for individuals creativity from August through October. All participating organisations will manage their own selection processes and oversee their own residency programs in the spaces, including the LMCC, which will launch an open call application process on Thursday through LMCC.net. The trust will also guide applicants at its website.

The program is open to artists, writers and other cultural practitioners living and working across New Yorks five boroughs. The groups say they are seeking out a diverse array of individuals who address important issues, including public health, gender discrimination, immigration, racial equity, climate change and environmental justice.

Those chosen to participate will work in the LMCCs Arts Center at Governors Island and more than 20 historic houses in the islands Nolan Park and Colonels Row districts that are overseen by nonprofits. All have gone unused since the pandemic took hold.

The organisations note that many artists and other creative practitioners in New York have been grappling with a decline in income or with unemployment related to economic paralysis resulting from the pandemic. Many are unable to get access to or afford a dedicated space in which to work or rehearse.

“Right now, creative solutions are needed to help the artistic community get back to work after months of disruption and shutdown,” Clare Newman, president and chief executive of the Trust for Governors Island, said in a statement. “By partnering with the islands vibrant community of cultural orgRead More – Source

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