About the Program

Shandaken: Governors Island is a new residency by Shandaken Projects and the Trust for Governors Island. In the course of this program, five residents at a time will receive free studio space on Governors Island for one year each, and will develop public programming to present to the island’s hundreds of thousands of visitors in summer 2019. This collaboration invites residents to pursue individual goals in the studio while also responding to the island and its myriad conditions. Shandaken: Governors Island is open to cultural practitioners working in any discipline—including the visual arts, writing, dance, and more—and currently living in New York City to apply.

Located in the heart of New York Harbor between Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront, Governors Island is an unparalleled place for cultural practitioners to work. An eight-minute ferry ride away from Downtown Manhattan, the island boasts 172 acres of public parkland, historic architecture, and wide-open views. It holds a uniquely important place in the history of New York, and is currently home to a robust cultural program.

Although the main focus of Shandaken: Governors Island is residents' studio practice, participants will also be invited to explore, study, and learn about the island. These on-site experiences will result in resident-led events related to their work on the island to take place May through September. Free and open to the public, the composition and scale of these presentations are open, and may include ephemeral formats such as tours, performances, and non-traditional lectures.

Studios are available October through September of the following year. Partial allotments are not available. This program is open to cultural practitioners of all career levels, however applicants should be prepared to demonstrate that their current studio practice primarily takes place on weekdays during typical business hours.