FIGMENT's Cult of Creativity fundraiser is coming up on Tuesday, March 11 at Judson Memorial Church. We'll be gathering to celebrate the creativity within all of us. Join us in honoring Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of the Moth, enjoying complimentary drinks and a buffet dinner, and enjoying outstanding live performances by an eclectic mix of New York City artists.
Cult of Creativity will feature a conscientious marketplace, where you can buy art from local artists knowing that a portion of the sales goes to support FIGMENT. Here's a preview of the fantastic one-of-a-kind pieces that will be available for sale...
Join us for our Spring FIGMENT NYC fundraiser... Cult of Creativity! Honoring Catherine Burns, the Artistic Director of the Moth.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7pm - 11pm
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South
$50 per person presale, $75 at the door
Within the hallowed, progressive halls of Judson Church’s Meeting Room, surrounded by the iconic stained glass windows of John La Farge, we invite you to celebrate and be a part of the cult of artists, volunteers, administrators, and supporters nurtured by the FIGMENT community. Enjoy complimentary drinks and a delicious buffet style dinner while watching outstanding live performances by an eclectic mix of up-and-coming New York City artists.
For the first time ever, FIGMENT will honor a member of our community for her contribution to bringing participatory art into the public realm. Under the artistic leadership of Catherine Burns, the Moth has grown from its simple beginnings as a forum for sharing stories to National Public Radio, a Peabody Award, and nowThe New York Times bestseller list.
Engage with a variety of participatory projects… Be sure to leave your own story for posterity inside the FIGMENT Your Story is Important video booth. Shop conscientiously through the marketplace where a portion of the sales of one-of-a-kind merchandise is donated to FIGMENT; place a bid on the funky auction items, or try your luck and buy a roll of raffle tickets! Enjoy a performance by The Adversary, then end the night dancing to phenomenal music spun by Jago, a seventeen-year old DJ from DubSpot, as well as community favorites $mall ¢hange and DJ Shakey.
Participatory art cannot happen without YOU — the participant — so please be part of FIGMENT’s future, and purchase your ticket today!
We're very happy to invite you to ALPHA 2014! ALPHA 2014 will be at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, Maryland, USA, from April 25-27, 2014.
We had a blast last year at our first ALPHA... and we look forward to building on what we started and creating another awesome event that is all about bringing creative people together to make and share awesome projects. Full information on ALPHA is on the website.
We encourage experimentation! You can register your workshop, meet-up, performance, demonstration, installation, or whatever by following the link in the email you will receive after your purchase your tickets.
To appear on our map and event schedule, your project or event must be submitted by April 15, 2014. We can't wait to see what you're bringing!
Cabins and meal plans are on sale now, too... And those prices won't go up. So if you'd like to lock in your favorite cabin at Ramblewood for you and your friends, you can.
Once you purchase your ticket, you'll receive an email with the link to submit your project for ALPHA. Everyone is expected to bring a project of some kind. Please submit your project as soon as you can so we can figure out where everything goes, but certainly by April 17, 2014.
As ALPHA is an experiment, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, innovation, creativity, contribution, and passion... So please let us know your ideas for how to make the event as awesome as it can possibly be at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We look forward to creating the fantastical with you at ALPHA 2014!
Minigolf Course 2013 (c) Yung Oh Le Page
We are excited to announce that artists, builders, dreamers and visionaries can now submit proposals for the summer-long Minigolf Course on Governors Island in New York. For our seventh annual minigolf course, we are looking to create a course that defines New York City at this critical moment in its history: with a new mayor for the first time in 12 years, there is an opportunity to re-evaluate and re-imagine what our city is all about. We invite all you artists out there to realize the New York City that exists in your imaginations. We are seeking designs that interpret the theme of "New York City Now" with as much diversity of perspective as possible. Feel free to interpret the theme literally, metaphorically, or with as much poetic license as you like. Be bold! Everyone of any age or experience level is encouraged to submit a design for a minigolf hole!
Submission deadline: Saturday, March 1, 2014.
About the FIGMENT Minigolf Course
The FIGMENT artist-designed minigolf course has been incredibly popular with island visitors over the six years since its inception, attracting more than 250,000 visitors in 2013 alone and receiving substantial media attention. Subject to approvals and permitting, the 2014 FIGMENT Minigolf Course will be located and integrated with the 2014 Treehouse, Sculpture Program, and City of Dreams Pavilion at the south end of the Parade Ground.
All FIGMENT summer-long installations will open the weekend of the annual FIGMENT NYC event (tentatively scheduled for June 7), and will be free and open to the public through September 2014.
In addition to providing reimbursement of the artist’s expenses to build and install their hole, FIGMENT is offering a stipend of $250 to each submitting artist whose proposed minigolf hole design is selected for the course, installed on time on Governors Island, and survives in fully operable condition until the end of the season.
Click here for more info on the 2014 Minigolf Course.
We are excited to announce FIGMENT is now accepting proposals for the NYC 2014 Summer-Long Sculpture Program!
FIGMENT Interactive Sculpture Garden 2013, Photo (c) 2013 Tom Egan
For our 2014 season we intend to select three to five large-scale interactive sculptures that are truly original, interactive and awesome; that can survive being played with by over 100,000 people, being outside in the elements for four months; and that can potentially be reconstructed and relocated after the summer to other venues for interactive sculpture. We intend to be able to offer each piece a $3,000-$5,000 budget, but if the artists' vision exceeds what we are able to offer, we can collaborate with artists to help them raise more money to realize their ambitions. Deadline for proposal submissions: 11:59 pm ET on January 15, 2014. Click here for more information. We look forward to seeing your proposal!
Photo © Tes Rivera
All good things must come to an end. As summer draws to a close, the time has come to say goodbye to our FIGMENT summer-long installations. And that means it’s time for our annual FIGMENT de-install weekend! For all you doers, makers, and breakers out there: it means you have one final weekend to enjoy the place of wonder that is Governors Island before it closes, while getting down and dirty to make sure we leave no trace of our 2013 Minigolf Course, Interactive Sculpture garden, and Head in the Clouds Pavilion. Join our FIGMENT volunteer wrecking-ballers on Saturday September 28 and Sunday September 29 to dismantle our summer-long projects and make sure we leave Governors Island even more beautiful than we found it. Sign up here!
The Pavilion team needs able-bodied enthusiasts all of next week to take apart the crazy-beautiful Head in the Clouds Pavilion. So if you love being on the island on weekdays, when it’s closed to the public, and want to help carefully take down this gorgeous structure, sign up for a shift or two! Will it be hard work? Yes! Will you get your hands dirty? Sure! Will you be part of the awesome FIGMENT volunteer team that gets the job done with a smile on their faces? We sure hope so! Sign up here for a shift any day next week, or on Saturday or Sunday, and we look forward to celebrating the end of our NYC season with you on the island! Sign up here!