Holi Hai – Spring Colors Festival

May 12, 2018 – 10:00am – 5:30pm

This spring festival returns to Governors Island. Expect to get covered in colored powders, as well as find food vendors, live music dance, yoga and more.

The throwing of (powdered) color (gulal) is based on the legend of Krishna. It is said that Krishna, whose skin was blue, wanted to have the same complexion as his love interest Radha, so with his mother’s advice, he applied colors to her face. The colors are simply a representation of that story and have become an expression of love. Each color has its own meaning. Red is purity and love; green is vitality and new beginnings; blue is the color of Krishna; and yellow is the color of turmeric which is what was used historically.

Cost: FREE to register for the event. Register in advance at nycholi.com; $13 for color packs (must purchase colors through the event).

Governors Island
The Play Lawn @ Governors Island
New York NY 11231More Info: https://www.nycholi.com/



Billion Oyster Project Exhibit


Sunday, May 28 to October 1, 2017 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Billion Oyster Project also hosts public and corporate volunteer days Thursdays & Fridays throughout the summer. Come experience hands on oyster restoration activities and learn more about BOP and Harbor School’s effort to restore NY Harbor. For more information and to sign up, visit http://www.billionoysterproject.org/.


Thursday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Friday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Saturday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Sunday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Governors Island

New York, NY 11231

Website/More Info: https://govisland.com/exhibitions/billion-oyster-project-exhibit


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Saturday, May 6 to October 1, 2017 – Saturdays and Sundays

Play:GroundNYC operates a 50,000 square foot junkyard playground on Governors Island. The playground is free and open to the public every weekend. We also offer a summer day camp running from June 26 to September 1, school visits during May, June and September and birthday and private parties from May through October. Our trained staff provides materials and supervision so that young adventurers may have the chance to work with tools and building materials and explore physical, social and emotional problem solving. With the provided support, space and materials, young people can take control, construct, create and establish their own agendas.
Learn more at http://play-ground.nyc. Weekends: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Governors Island

New York, NY 11231

Website/More Info: https://govisland.com/exhibitions/playgroundnyc

A.I.R. Gallery

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May 1, 2017 –  October 1, 2017 | Saturdays and Sundays

A.I.R. is a cooperative, women’s gallery that has operated in NYC since 1974. The exhibition at Governors Island includes work by the New York gallery artists, by national affiliates and by gallery fellows as well. https://www.airgallery.org/.

Open: Saturdays and Sundays | 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Closed: Monday to Friday

Cost: FREE

Governors Island

New York, NY 11231

Website/more info: https://govisland.com/exhibitions/a-i-r-gallery-1





NYC Holi Hai Festival – Spring Color Festival

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May 6, 2017 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

NYC Holi Hai is a celebration of the coming of spring, fruitful harvests and renewal of life. Attendees enjoy a multi-cultural program on stage with live bands and dance performances, while covering each other in colored powder. Food vendors carrying a variety of delicacies are featured and there is a ‘kids area’ for children to engage and play in a festive environment. The festival is open admission and celebrates diversity by welcoming people of all backgrounds and all ages to come together in a unique celebration of love and togetherness.

Cost: FREE with registration.

Governors Island

New York, NY 11231

Website/More Info: https://www.nycholi.com/



West Harlem Art Fund Showcases Exhibit on Governors Island

Works by Luke Schumacher and Colin Chase. (West Harlem Art Fund) Read

HARLEM—The name for the West Harlem Art Fund’s show at Governors Island — “Loosely Coupled”— borrows a concept from the software world, according to the group’s executive director Savona Bailey-McClain.

“It’s a software term that means getting different elements to work together without overwhelming one another. In the exhibit, different artist’s styles compliment but not overwhelm one another,” said Bailey-McClain.

Now in its 13th year, the group assembled nine artists for the free exhibit that will be in the historic Nolan Park neighborhood through Sept. 25.

The Governors Island Art Fair exhibit displays the works of artists from all over the city, including Harlem, the Lower East Side and Brooklyn.

A stool made of leather trimmings by Dianne Smith. (West Harlem Art Fund)  “Often people think the art world is Midtown to lower Manhattan, the higher-end galleries. But artists don’t live there anymore. Artists live and fabricate their work in Williamsburg, Harlem and the Lower East Side,” said Bailey-McClain.

Artists such as Wayne Liu, originally from Taiwan, and sisters Iliana and Scherezade Garcia from the Dominican Republic, along with Luke Schumacher from South Dakota, and Dianne Smith from Harlem continue the diversity, which also extends to the style of work. Ceramics, sculpture, photography and paintings all co-exist.

“Our focus is on good quality art that’s accessible to the general public. Our primary goal is to connect with the public,” said Bailey-McClain.

Housed in a two-story, 14-room historic house that was built before the Civil War, the exhibit allows visitors to explore the home. They’ve even had visitors from the last military family to live in the house.

“We had people who came to see the house, but they got to experience the house and the art,” said Bailey-McClain.

The exhibit, at 17 Nolan Park on Governor’s Island, is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sundays through Sept. 25.

Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20110825/harlem/west-harlem-art-fund-showcases-exhibit-on-governors-island#ixzz1W5kCB59L