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FREE Art Making All Summer on Governors Island

When the sun is shining and the weather is just too good to be indoors, visit our summer outpost on Governors Island and make art with CMA Teaching Artists! Did you know you can find us every Saturday and Sunday on the Island, from now through the end of September on the edge of Nolan Park. And the best part… it’s free!

We supply the materials, you bring the creativity! Get inspired by the great outdoors and help us build an elaborate string sculpture, make music, paint, sculpt, draw, and more. Workshops change every weekend, so you’ll always have something new to try.

This past weekend, we delved into the history of Governors Island with a collaborative, conceptual sculpture about the relationship between the Dutch settlers and Lenape Native American tribe who once called the island home. Before it was New York, the city we live in was called New Amsterdam, and was primarily settled by the Dutch. In 1637, the Dutch West India Company purchased Pagganuck (what is now known as Governors Island) from the Lenape for reportedly two axe heads, a string of beads, and a handful of nails. We recreated these items in large scale using cardboard, and young artists had the opportunity to learn about this significant transaction and paint the objects.

If you haven’t yet made the ferry journey to Governors Island this summer it is worth the trip! In addition to our Free Art Island Outpost, there is free mini golf on a creative course, bike paths to explore, and giant slides! Check out the photos from the weekend and make sure to visit us soon!


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