GIA’s Family Festival is just around the corner! Make sure to save the date: May 25th from Noon to 4pm in Nolan Park on Governors Island.
Where can you dance to live music, blow gigantic bubbles, laugh with crazy clowns, and literally tumble across the harbor? At the Governors Island Alliance’s 9th Annual Family Festival, of course! Celebrating the startof the summer season, the festival is a jamboree of creative arts and harbor education, and it’s all free!
The Trust for Governors Island has issued two invitations aimed at attracting private investment and prospective tenants to spark the next stage of the Island’s transformation: a specific Request for Proposals (RFP) for buildings in the historic district, and a general Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for the 33 acres of new development in the southern half of the Island.
Introducing the Alliance’s new executive director, channeling a lifetime of nonprofit experience!
The new executive director of the newly revamped Governors Island Alliance is Susan Carey Dempsey. She succeeds Rob Pirani, who has led us from the very beginning, when we were just an idea. Rob continues as vice president for energy and environment at the Regional Plan Association, the organization that gave birth to the Alliance in 1995. His experience will still be felt as a member of the board of directors.
Susan has advised numerous nonprofit organizations on communications and fund-raising; she has also served as editor-in-chief of onPhilanthropy.com, a free online publication that covers trends in philanthropy for nonprofits, foundations and corporate social engagement professionals. Her successes include initiatives for the Annie Moore Monument on Ellis Island, the graduate business school at University College Dublin and Long Island’s Group for the East End.
Join the Trust for Governors Island, Kickstarter and FIGMENT on April 16 to learn how to bring your project to Governors Island!
From The Trust for Governors Island:
Every season, Governors Island welcomes all kinds of projects, exhibitions, festivals and experiences. We are thrilled to have hosted dozens of organizations and hundreds of thousands of visitors who have been able to enjoy pigs, unicycles, tree houses, math, art, design, you name it. We are so excited to be joining forces with Kickstarter to help bring new and exciting projects to Governors Island for 2013 and beyond.
Opening day is right around the corner; do you know what you’re doing this summer? Show your support for your favorite island. Volunteer today!
Looking for something to do this summer? Join GIA on Governors Island and help your favorite island!
Corporate volunteer groups can come to Governors Island for a day of helpful activity, such as clearing away the winter debris before the summer season begins. Contact us HERE for more info. Individual volunteers also work with Alliance staff all summer, helping at our welcome tent by the ferry landing, taking visitor surveys, maintaining the plantings in the historic district and more. Click HERE to learn more and sign up!
Island co-habitants create a new one-of-a-kind activity!
The National Park Service and the New York Harbor School go about their business on opposite sides of the Island, except on Thursdays. That’s when the NPS After-School Club meets to explore the world outside the classroom and what they can do about it.
Historic Harbor Guardian honored for Exhibit Design!
Notwithstanding the 3-1/2 feet of water that Sandy visited on Castle Williams last fall, the fort’s exhibits won first place among 2012 media awards by the National Association for Interpretation. The exhibits include a model of how the fort looked in 1812 and descriptions of its many uses in its Army and Coast Guard years.
Governors Island has become one of New York’s greatest public spaces, and hosts some of the most exciting events and public programs in the city every summer season. The Governors Island Alliance (GIA), a project of Regional Plan Association, is working with the National Park Service and the Trust for Governors Island to develop and sustain a strong and captivating public outreach program for the Island. Learn more about the internship opportunities now available for college students interested in communications, public relations and programming, and/or environmental awareness and education.
It may still be cold outside, but summer season 2013 on Governors Island is right around the corner! To celebrate the Island’s opening weekend, Governors Island Alliance (GIA) is hosting the 9th annual Governors Island Family Festival on Saturday, May 25th, from Noon to 4pm. The Family Festival welcomes thousands of children and their families to the Island on opening day with entertaining, creative, and educational activities. Visitors enjoy free arts & craft, harbor education games, musical and theatrical performances, and much more. The Family Festival draws more than 5,000 visitors from all over the tri-state region, and has been featured in the New York Times, Time Out Kids, New York Family, and more.
GIA is currently looking for family-friendly performing artists interested in participating in this year’s Family Festival. It is a fantastic opportunity for local musical and theatrical performers to perform in a unique venue, as well as for children and their families to experience the magic of New York City’s most creative and inspiring artists. Past performers have The Maybelles, Astrograss for Kids, and Arm-of-the-Sea Theater.
Please contact Maya Borgenicht at email@example.com or 917.652.6359 to discuss this opportunity. The deadline for responses is Friday, March 1st.