Shandaken: Governors Island opened in July 2021 with a collaborative educational initiative produced in partnership with Hunter College MFA.

Centered on a new credit-bearing course entitled “Governors Island Printmaking and Publishing Intensive, ARTCR 751,” twelve graduate students and nine teenagers from NYC public schools will create artworks together using Shandaken's new print studio. This program is inspired by the ideas of Paulo Freire, who holds that education can be a tool for liberation, and that students and teachers can learn from one another.

In the six-week program, participating graduate students will be trained in mentoring principals, and then will mentor local teens enrolled in NYC’s Summer Youth Employment Program in the creation of ephemera like prints, posters, and zines related to the context of Governors Island, and its mission of environmental and social justice. The materials created by the class will be gathered into a free exhibition available to all Governors Island visitors.

In addition to this course, any individual working on Governors Island is invited to attend a free training in the use of the Risograph. Trainings are offered monthly.