Summer-Long Minigolf and Sculpture Programs Now Accepting Submissions!

Calling all artists! Submissions are now open for two 2016 summer-long programs: Minigolf and Sculpture

FIGMENT NYC hosts a number of summer-long programs on NYC's Governors Island. From June through September you will find these wildly creative, original exhibitions on the island. They are all FREE for the public to enjoy and interact with while the island is open. We are currently accepting submissions from artists who want to participate in these exciting programs in 2016.

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Call for Submissions: 2016 Pavilion of Dreams!

The City of Dreams Pavilion summer-long program is now accepting submissions for the 2016 competition!

The Pavilion is a gathering place, a site for people to learn about the arts programs on the island, enjoy performances and lectures in the shade, and interact with the historic context of Governors Island.

FIGMENT teams with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to host this annual competition. The challenge: design and construct a temporary pavilion on Governors Island that meets the criteria outlined here.

We ask entrants to consider how to construct a temporary structure efficiently and sustainably—to create a pavilion that has net zero impact and serves as a prototype for a new, truly sustainable approach to design and construction. Entries are encouraged from individuals or teams of architects or non-architects of any age or experience level, provided they are prepared to carry out the project. 

These eye-catching structures are always highlights of the FIGMENT NYC season, and the 2016 contest winner will be our 6th Pavilion!

Do these beauties look familiar?

Billion Oyster Pavilion(c) 2015 Anthony Collins Billion Oyster Pavilion by BanG StudioOrganic Growth Pavilion(c) 2015 Melanie Rieders/Gothamist Organic Growth by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects

They're the 2015 winners, currently installed on Governors Island through the summer.

More information about the program and submission guidelines can be found here.

FIGMENT NYC Afterparty TONIGHT at Fraunces Tavern

Don't Let the fun stop when that last ferry docks! Come to the historical Hideout Bar inside Fraunces Tavern TONIGHT for the official FIGMENT NYC afterparty. Help us celebrate a successful 9th annual FIGMENT, meet your fellow participants and artists, and let loose!

Happy Hour drink prices from 5-9pm. Enter on Broad st and Water st, just one block from the Governors Island ferry! Everyone is welcome.

WHAT: Official FIGMENT NYC afterparty

WHEN: TONIGHT! June 7th, at 5pm (happy hour prices from 5-9!)

WHERE: Fraunces Tavern's Hideout Bar, 54 Pearl st, Manhattan

See you there!

FIGMENT NYC Opens This Weekend!

This Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th, join us on Governor's Island for our 9th annual FIGMENT NYC Weekend Festival! It marks the opening of the 2015 summer season, which includes some nifty season-long programs. This weekend's event runs 10am-6pm both days, and as always is FREE. Here is information about how to get there, including a ferry schedule

Also, BIG NEWS! For the first time ever the FIGMENT app is live for Android! The 2015 information is up to date in the iPhone app as well. Download these free apps and have an instant pocket reference for your visit. 

And, if you love FIGMENT and want to support us, it's not too late to volunteer! We need help Friday-Monday this week and can always use a few more hands with everything from building and painting to greeting people as they arrive from the ferry. Fill out this form and one of our hardworking volunteer coordinators will be in touch to schedule you for a shift. 

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(c) 2014 Tim Schreier

See you out there!

Volunteers Wanted NOW for Figment NYC Projects

Welcome Volunteers!

As an entirely volunteer-run event, FIGMENT NYC is people-powered by folks just like you. We NEED your help! Whether you have a few hours, a few days, or want to become part of the team that makes FIGMENT NYC happen year-round, we hope you'll consider giving some time to this incredible event.

Now that the FIGMENT NYC weekend is closing in, there are opportunities to help every day!

If you want to come out and lend a hand this week fill out this form with your availability, skills, and interests and we'll connect you with a project that can use your help.

If you have any questions or just want to say hi, email 

If you'd like to keep abreast of volunteer opportunities in the future, fill out this general volunteer form


The FAST (Figment Art Support Team) volunteers are the team that works directly with our curators and artists during the weekend festival. We're looking for a few more friendly faces to handle tasks like artist check-in at Headquarters, roaming with curators to check on artists all over the island, and generally making the artists' experience more pleasant. If you have wondered what it's like to be one of our curators or even considered joining the team, this is a good place to start. Contact Lisa at to get more information or to sign up!


For 2015, the City of Dreams Committee selected TWO winners: Organic Growth by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects and Billion Oyster by BANG Studio. The Pavilions are being built in many stages on and off the island, all of which need helping hands along the way. Below find the volunteer sign-up forms for each individual pavilion. The links also have info about schedules of work calls and descriptions of the tasks needed. For more general info about these incredible works of art, click here.

Billion Oyster

Bilion Oyster


Our F&C team will be on the Island every Friday in May as well as some other dates TBA. Fill out this sign-up form if you are interested; we are particularly looking for volunteers who have at least a little experience with (or a lot of enthusiasm for learning) construction skills! 


©2013 Tom Egan. TreeHouse by Benjamin Jones, FIGMENT NYC

The structure is built, and now we need people who want to paint! Contact to sign up, and also fill out our general treehouse volunteer form to keep up to date with future volunteer opportunities!


FIGMENT NYC is always looking for drivers. Please contact volunteers at to make your interest known (or for more info). 

Call for Participation deadline extended to April 30: LAST CALL!

©2014 Alex Taferner, FIGMENT NYC

Project submissions for FIGMENT NYC Weekend have been extended to Thursday April 30, 11:59PM ET.

Now you have a little more time to get your project in for the 2015 event, but it's still only 9 days away! We want YOU, your creativity, your energy, your fun and your imagination!

The curators of FIGMENT NYC invite proposals for interactive art of all mediums. Interactive, or participatory, art blurs the lines between the artist, the art, and the people engaging with the art. We look for projects that encourage people to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment. Theatre, dance, music, performance art, games, creative costuming, workshops, activities, three-dimensional sculptural installations are all common genres found at FIGMENT.

Get in your proposals and join us!

Join us for our annual fundraiser, Groundbreaking 2015!


Want to support FIGMENT? Our annual kickoff / benefit event is happening May 4th at DROM in the East Village. A celebration of participatory, community-based creativity featuring special guests, surprise performances, exclusive raffle and auction items, dancing and honoring lower manhattan participatory art leaders Matt Goldman & Renee Rolleri, founding members of Blue Man Group and Blue School.

Buy your tickets today!

Bid in our online auction!

What: FIGMENT NYC Groundbreaking 2015: Below 14th Street

When: Monday May 4th 2015 from 6:30pm – 11:00pm

Where: Drom, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY

Tickets: Tickets available here ($50 / advance tickets; $150 / "Bowery" Premium package; $250 / "Broadway" VIP package; $75 / door, if available)

RSVP on Facebook: Find us, and invite your friends, on Facebook!


Support the 2015 Pavilion Kickstarter Campaigns

This year we selected two incredible Architectural Pavilions to be installed on Governors Island. Billion Oyster Pavilion by BanG studio of New York City and Organic Growth by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects of Madrid and London. Both projects have recently launch Kickstarter campaigns to fund the creation of their pavilions. Click here to see both campaigns and to learn how to get involved. 




Billion Oyster Pavilion

by BanG Studio (Babak Bryan, AIA; Henry Grosman; and Suzie Betts; with Sam Janis, Harbor School/Billion Oyster Project), New York, NY

BanG’s proposal for the Billion Oyster Pavilion joins two of Governors Island’s most exciting enterprises: FIGMENT/ENYA/SEAoNY’s City of Dreams Pavilion and The New York Harbor School’s Billion Oyster Project. The materials that form the woven canopy (steel rebar, nylon rope, and hose clamps) are used in their harbor restoration work. The base of the pavilion is comprised of custom-cast “Reef Balls,” a restoration device that the school will also use as part of their habitat creation effort. The pavilion will be donated to the Harbor School and its materials will be completely re-used on the island once the summer ends and the pavilion is decommissioned.

Support their Kickstarter campaign here! 

Organic Growth

 by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects (Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno, Sally Hart, Adriana Cabello Plasencia, Alejandro Espallargas Omedas and Alfonso Aracil Sánchez), Madrid and London

 Izaskun Chinchilla Architects’ design takes inspiration from nature to create an innovative and flexible solution that directly engages with local communities and familiar materials. Flower structures such as those found in hydrangeas have the ability to respond to the natural environment, growing and morphing to remain in balance with nature. Izaskun believes architecture must adopt a similar responsiveness, adapting to uncertain budgets, social change and ecological dynamics naturally, beautifully and intuitively. The proposed design employs commonly found materials, giving them a new life after they have become unfit for their original purpose. The design utilizes broken umbrellas, old stools and damaged bicycle wheels, which several institutions in New York are already recycling. As with mop-head flowers, the pavilion is composed of many smaller elements, all of which can be dismantled and re-used after the summer. Branches composed of several umbrellas and tripods, can be easily reused as sun, wind, and rain protection in outdoor spaces all around the city. Larger elements can be beautiful indoor chandeliers and can be useful for community centers or other public spaces. Izaskun Chinchilla is a Senior Teaching Fellow, Senior Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow at Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London.

Support their Kickstarter campaign here!


Join the FIGMENT NYC Team for on Feb. 10th for our next Meet & Greet

Join the FIGMENT team and community on Tues. Feb. 10 at Open House Club (244 East Houston) from 7:00-10:00 PM for our February Meet & Greet event.

The FIGMENT NYC team will be on hand to share exciting updates about our 2015 Sculpture Program and City of Dreams Pavilions (yes, plural!). Bring us your questions about submitting a proposal for FIGMENT Minigolf, the Treehouse, or FIGMENT weekend, and if you're interested in, or just curious about volunteering or getting involved in FIGMENT in any way, this is a great opportunity to learn more. 

We'll be joined this month by the team from ALPHA; FIGMENT's weekend camping event for creators.  Happening in Maryland, April 24th-26th, we use a bucolic space for workshops, skill-shares, building and burning (of art) too. Meet the ALPHA team and connect with other attendees to plan projects. Our effigy team, ALPHAGY, will be on hand as well and looking for volunteers. Learn more about the event at and rsvp for the event at .

As always, the good company of our amazing FIGMENT/ALPHA community is assured, so join us to round out your Tuesday with a little creative energy and great people no matter whether or not you have questions.

Pleas RSVP to the Facebook event here, and please help us spread the word.

The 2015 City of Dreams Competition: Two pavilions too good to pass up

FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) are pleased to announce that a distinguished jury has selected two winning designs in the fifth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition: Billion Oyster Pavilion by BanG Studio of New York City and Organic Growth by Izaskun Chinchilla Architects of Madrid and London. Pending approvals and fundraising, these pavilions will both be assembled on Governors Island and open to the public for the summer 2015 season.

Read the full story here.