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For the first time, this year, New York’s groundbreaking participatory art event transforms Roosevelt Island’s Lighthouse Park for two extraordinary days in June. And FIGMENT NYC 2019 is calling for you and your imagination. You can take an active role. Here’s how.

What is FIGMENT?

It’s different. It’s all free style and original. It’s you and us.

FIGMENT’s all volunteer organizers say it’s “a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines,” but it’s more.

“FIGMENT’s vision for art looks past the white-walled galleries and into the realm of participation. Art is not just something that you stand still and quietly look at–it is something you participate in. You touch it, smell it, write on it, talk to it, dance with it, play with it, learn from it. Interactive art creates a dynamic collaboration between the artist, the audience and their environment.”

The vision goes beyond the participatory creation of art, merging into culture and making individual statements.

“FIGMENT’s goal is to advance social and personal transformation through creativity, in the form of free participatory arts events and exhibitions.”

Significantly, FIGMENT is “uninterrupted by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. Selling or advertising goods or services is not permitted. Neither our artists nor our planners and staff are paid: everything that you see at FIGMENT is born from a simple desire to share imagination with each other and the public.”

The first edition of this dream of art began in 2007 with over 2,500 participant on Governors Island. Since, it’s gone international with events across the U.S. and extending as far as Hong Kong.

Bring Your Creative Spirit To Roosevelt Island

The first thing you should know about FIGMENT is, “Everyone is welcome. Artists and participants of any age or experience are welcome to be a part of FIGMENT.”

That’s not just a statement about inclusion. It’s also about opening the widest gate to artists — from kids to their grandparents and everyone in-between.

It’s not the time to be shy, but to let your imagination flow as you share your art with other artists and art lovers for two glorious days while tides flow back and forth where Roosevelt Island’s northern tip penetrates Hell Gate, Yorkville and Carl Schurz Park on the western shore, Astoria and Hallet’s Cove to the East.

It’s a setting as diverse as the art that will transform it for two days, sparking visions of a dynamic future.

FIGMENT NYC 2019 will be a two-day participatory arts event held on Roosevelt Island on June 1 & 2, showcasing art that encourages participants to play, dance, sing, create, engage, experiment, and explore their environment.

How To Answer the Call

As your imagination springs into gear, stir that inspiration with FIGMENT NYC 2019’s thorough guide on How To Submit A Project.

You’ll learn how participatory art is shaped by ideals that honor more than creativity. They also honor the grounds that welcome you.

FIGMENT is, for example, a Leave No Trace event. Although you will transform Lighthouse Park for two days, all you’ll leave behind are memories, photographs and inspiration. The Park will be unchanged physically, but not in spirit.

No sales, logos, or advertising — that is, the art is not influenced by commercial transactions, making it “a gift from the artist to the FIGMENT community.”

And in this spirit, the organizers and artists are all volunteers. It’s all about the art and the community it builds.

The deadline for submitting your proposal is April 7th.

Submit your art project for FIGMENT Weekend by April 7. Fill out an application found on the Artist Submission Portal. Be sure to read the detailed, informative guidelines first.

Once your project is approved, you’ll be assigned a curator who will work with you along the rest of the way to New York City’s participatory art event of the year, FIGMENT NYC 2019, on Roosevelt Island, Lighthouse Park, June 1st and 2nd.


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