[ Artist Studios] Program on Governors Island 2020

Harvestworks is pleased to partner with The Trust for Governors Island (The Trust), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and 17 other cultural organizations with space on Governors Island to join forces to host free residency programs for approximately 115 artists and cultural practitioners that have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, helping to combat the devastating impact of the pandemic on the NYC cultural landscape.

Harvestworks artists include Katherine Bennett, Charlotte Mundy, Joseph Morris and Alexandra Goldberg, Jakob Dwight, Muyassar Kurdi, Valerie Hallier and Dafna Naphtali and Ayala Naphtali.

The 2020 Harvestworks Artist Studios are part of our Art and Technology Program on Governors Island that is centered on art works created at the intersection of art and technology.

About the Artist Studios Program on Governors Island

“Right now, creative solutions are needed to help the artistic community get back to work after months of disruption and shutdown,” said Clare Newman, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. “By partnering with the Island’s vibrant community of cultural organizations and LMCC, we can make better use of available space on the Island, while helping to support the artists that have played such an important role in shaping our history, values and identity. We look forward to welcoming an exciting group of artists and creatives for the rest of the summer and fall.”

“LMCC, the Trust for Governors Island, and the Island’s community of cultural organizations are uniquely positioned to share space, resources and programmatic opportunities for valuable cultural workers,” said Lili Chopra, LMCC’s Executive Director, Artistic Programs. “We are united in partnership to create an initiative that serves artists in our five boroughs in a just, equitable and sustainable way.”

“LMCC is committed to alleviating the unprecedented level of disruption to artists’ practices, loss of income and employment, by providing them space and support during the COVID-19 pandemic,” commented Diego S. Segalini, LMCC’s Executive Director, Finance & Administration.

“Governors Island is a truly magical place that provides the space and time for artistic production and research not possible in other parts of the City,” said Meredith Johnson, VP of Arts and Culture at The Trust for Governors Island, “The cultural organizations that call the Island home shape the cultural landscape of New York in myriad ways, and as we face one of our most uncertain moments in recent history we are grateful to have such a dedicated group of partners to mobilize efforts and pool our resources in support of the City’s cultural future.”

Once artists are in their spaces, LMCC, the Trust, and participating organizations will come together to share resources and organize virtual gatherings for artists working on the Island.

About the Art and Technology Program at Harvestworks

The 2020 Harvestworks Artist Studios are part of our Art and Technology Program on Governors Island that is centered on art works created at the intersection of art and technology. Since 2011, it has included artists open studios, exhibitions of digital media art, public workshops and our educational research facility on Governors Island and in Manhattan.  Our goal is to provide exhibition opportunities to electronic media artists and also to educate the public about how artists use new and emerging technology for artistic expression.

This program is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. 

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