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Art Kibbutz Summer Residency, NYC

Emerging Program member

Art Kibbutz’s Summer Residency (May 31-September 19, 2016) offers shared, cooperative multidisciplinary space where artists experience a retreat-style residency just a short ferry ride from the frenetic buzz of New York City. While on Governors Island, artists create new works, develop their practice, and find potential collaborators, while drawing inspiration from community, learning, and our beautiful natural setting.

On Sundays, open studio events, lectures, artist talks, and arts fairs draw a large public audience to Governors Island. During the annual River To River festival, Governors Island Art Fair and Figment Festival, Art Kibbutz shares in receiving thousands of visitors to the island through our own programs of live performance and visual art installations in this stunning parkland setting.

Art Kibbutz is an international Jewish artist residency, global artist community and hub. Its mission is to foster global arts conversation and exchange among artists of exceptional talent in an inspiring and peaceful space to work and learn. It also seeks provide artists with an opportunity to  explore the rich heritage of Jewish experience that informs their creative process. We provide a platform for over 500 international artists of all disciplines to explore important conversations about economic, environmental, and social conditions in a 21st century Jewish context. This program will provide time and space for at least two weeks of residency (and up to 4 months of residency).

May 31 – June 13
June 14 – June 27
June 28 – July 11
July 12 – July 25
July 26 – August 8
August 9 – August 22
August 23 – September 5
September 6 – September 19

We suggest that you apply as soon as possible, so that if you are accepted into the residency program you can secure studio space during the session that is best for your schedule.

March 20, 2016: Early Submissions due
April 15, 2016: Preliminary Notification for Early Submissions
Ongoing: Submission one month prior to residency request
Late applications: will be accepted only if space permits

Apply through Submittable NOW:


New York, New York: United States

Art Kibbutz’s Summer Residency will take place on Governors Island, a public island in the waterways of New York City. In summer, this land trust buzzes with multiple artist residencies and arts events, set among picturesque landscapes, waterfront views, and in unique historic architecture. With studios for visual artists, writers, composers, performing artists as well as presentation space, the Art Kibbutz summer studios building is a welcoming place for artists interested joining a lively Jewish arts community. RESIDENCY STUDIO SPACE Each resident is provided a private or shared studio space based on need and first come first serve basis. Larger presentation and meeting spaces are available for all participants, as well as access to the kitchen. Individual studio spaces are approximately 150–300 square feet, equipped with a desk, chair, and basic overhead lighting. As a Community of artists, we work together to create an environment of openness and creative exploration. Art Kibbutz Summer Residency operates in a historic, un-renovated building, which is vacant during the winter months, and is only minimally furnished. Each of us (artists, staff, and volunteers) is responsible for contributing to keeping our space safe and clean for our fellow artists and for visitors. Please note: - There are no special shared facilities such as a woodshop or media lab - Tools: Artists must provide their own tools; some restrictions apply - Air Conditioners and Fans: Art Kibbutz provides some air conditioners and fans -artists from outside of the NYC region and folks with medical issues get priority. - Wifi is available only for checking emails – not for streaming or downloading files - Electricity: 
Power is available in 110 watts outlets. Artists are responsible for their own extension cords and power strips, cable ramps and other power cords. - Water: 
Water is not available in the house. Clean water is a 6 min walk, near the Ferry arrival dock. - Bathrooms: Restrooms with flushable toilets are a 6 min walk. A port-a-sans is located just behind our building. - Food: Art Kibbutz provides a shared refrigerator and microwave. Wonderful food vendors are close by, some of which are kosher. OPENING HOURS The residency is open from 6:30AM to 5:30PM daily (closed on Saturdays, 6:30AM to 5:30PM on Sundays) May 29th to September 19, 2016. TRANSPORTATION Governors Island is only accessible by a short ferry ride that runs from Manhattan and Brooklyn – on the weekends also from New Jersey and Staten Island at regular business hours (free for artist residents and visitors on weekends). The ferry runs once every hour, our building is a 6 minutes walk from the ferry. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS Art Kibbutz does not provide living arrangement for this program.

Contact Information

500 w 235th Street, Suite 3G
New York, New York 10463
United States
Tel: 347.479.8274