Governors Island 5–5-2023 © Julienne Schaer

The Trust for Governors Island today announced the schedule of free events for the August 2023 THIRD Saturday, to be held on Governors Island on Saturday, August 19, 2023. Held the third Saturday of every month through October, this Governors Island Arts initiative features special indoor and outdoor programs from the two dozen nonprofit organizations that present free activities and exhibitions in the historic houses of Nolan Park and Colonels Row. All events are free and open to all. 

This month’s events include dance classes, film screenings, creative workshops, exhibition openings, musical performances, and more from a diverse group of NYC-based arts, cultural, educational, and environmental nonprofit organizations. See below for a full schedule of events for Saturday, August 19:

Colonels Row

  • 11am-3pm: Un Lugar Imaginario, ArtsConnection
  • 11am-5pm: VOM @ArtMobile, Residency Unlimited
  • 11am-5pm: Exhibition opening with Toisha Tucker, KODA
  • 12 – 1:30pm: Capturing Governors Island in Cyanotype workshop, Fountain House Gallery
  • 12 – 2pm: Porch Podcasting workshop, Lower Eastside Girls Club
  • 1:30pm & 3:30pm: Safe Passage IV, a short film by Heather Williams, ArtCrawl Harlem
  • 3pm: All That is Seen and Unseen artist talk, Flux Factory
  • 2 – 3pm: Artist Talk, The Cobalt Blue Shrine, Fountain House Gallery
  • 2 – 5pm: Brazilian Dance and Drum, Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance
  • 7:30 – 9pm: No Only performance at the I am CaribBEING Container, Lane Dombois

Nolan Park

  • 11am-5pm: Film Screening, Taiwanese American Arts Council
  • 11am-5pm: Outside of Utopia party, Taiwanese American Arts Council
  • 11am-5pm: To Ride the Waves of Turtle Island, Taiwanese American Arts Council
  • 11am-5pm: Repair is Care and Presence exhibition, Taiwanese American Arts Council
  • 11am-5pm: Alternate Geography opening reception, Taiwanese American Arts Council
  • 12 – 4pm: Summer Pop-Up Exhibition, West Harlem Art Fund
  • 12 – 4pm: Summer Artists Market, American Indian Community House
  • 1 – 3pm: Milk Kefir SCOBY and Book Offering, Swale
  • 1 – 4pm: Lisa Moren and the Rotary Track performance, Harvestworks
  • 1 – 4pm: What is the Shape of Water? Cross-Species Meditation, Harvestworks
  • 2 – 3:30pm: Guided Bird Outing, NYC Audubon
  • 2 – 5pm: Music on the Porch — Maker Park Radio, Staten Island Urban Center
  • 3:30 – 4:30pm: Bird-Friendly Glass Workshop, NYC Audubonf

The Organizations in Residence program features over two dozen arts, cultural, and educational nonprofit organizations from throughout the five boroughs that utilize space inside the historic houses of Nolan Park and Colonels Row. The organizations present a robust calendar of free public programs and artist residencies and engage visitors in special activities for all ages throughout the summer months. Visit to meet this season’s cohort.

Governors Island is open to the public Sunday through Thursday from 7am to 10pm and Friday through Saturday from 7am to 11pm. The South Island Park is open until 6pm daily. Trust for Governors Island-operated ferries run daily between the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan and Soissons Landing on the Island. Trust-operated ferries also serve two Brooklyn locations during the summer months—Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park and Atlantic Basin in Red Hook. These routes run directly to Yankee Pier on Governors Island from each location every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Monday from May 27 through October 29. For schedules and ticketing information, visit

Visitors are encouraged to reserve ferry tickets in advance of their trip on the Governors Island website. Round-trip ferry tickets cost $4 for adults. Ferries operated by the Trust for Governors Island are always free for children 12 and under, older adults 65 and up, residents of NYCHA, IDNYC holders, current and former military service members, and Governors Island members. Ferries before noon on Saturdays and Sundays are free for all. There is no surcharge for bicycles or strollers on Trust-operated ferries at any time.

NYC Ferry also serves Governors Island weekdays on the South Brooklyn route and summer weekends via the seasonal Governors Island shuttle. For ticketing information and full schedules for NYC Ferry, visit

About the Trust for Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island is the nonprofit corporation created by the City of New York that is responsible for the redevelopment and operation of 150 acres of Governors Island. The Trust’s mission is to realize the full potential of Governors Island for the inspiration and enjoyment of all New Yorkers, demonstrating a bold vision for public space. For more information, visit

About Governors Island Arts

Governors Island Arts, the public arts and cultural program presented by the Trust for Governors Island, creates transformative encounters with art for all New Yorkers, inviting artists and researchers to engage with the issues of our time in the context of the Island’s layered histories, environments, and architecture. Governors Island Arts achieves this mission through temporary and long-term public art commissions, an annual Organization in Residence program in the Island’s historic houses, and free public programs and events in partnership with a wide range of cross-disciplinary NYC cultural organizations. For more information, visit

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