Roosevelt Island lost FIGMENT, but you can still see it


In 2018 and 2019, pre-pandemic, FIGMENT NYC took pride of place on Roosevelt Island, but now, it’s gone. No word, of course, from RIOC about why such a popular event went elsewhere. You can still see it, though – on Staten Island.

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FIGMENT NYC IN Lighthouse Park in 2019, the last time the event was held.

FIGMENT is a free, annual arts event that celebrates participatory art and interactive creativity. For two weekends every summer, FIGMENT transforms a city park into a large-scale collaborative artwork created by volunteers from the local community.

In 2018 and 2019, Roosevelt Island was home to FIGMENT NYC, one of the organization’s most popular events, before COVID shut it down. But now with the pandemic passing in 2022, the event was moved to Staten Island, with no explanation from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC).

While FIGMENT may be gone from Roosevelt Island, you can still see it on Staten Island, where it will be held on June 4th and 5th.

For FIGMENT, families flocked to Roosevelt Island, stopping for food and snacks at Main Street businesses. It was fascinating introduction to the core of the community.

Here’s the Announcement for 2022

FIGMENT NYC IS BACK! Join us June 4-5 for two days of free participatory art at our new location, Snug Harbor on Staten Island. 

What: FIGMENT is a free participatory arts event that celebrates creativity by challenging artists and participants to find new ways to create, share, and dream. For the weekend of June 4th, we will transform Snug Harbor into a large-scale collaborative artwork. Great for people and groups of all ages! 

When: Saturday, June 4, 10am – 10pm and Sunday, June 5, 10am – 6pm. 

Where: Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NYC Click here for directions.

(Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is the result of more than four decades of restoration and development to convert a 19th century charitable rest home for sailors to a regional arts center, botanical gardens, and public park. It is a place where history, architecture, gardens, agriculture, visual and performing arts, and education come together to provide a dynamic experience for all ages. Snug Harbor consists of 28 buildings, fourteen distinctive botanical gardens, a two acre urban farm, wetlands and park land on a unique, free, open campus. Snug Harbor is a 5-minute bus ride or 10-minute bike ride from the Staten Island Ferry.)

How Much:  FIGMENT is a free, non-profit event! 

What to Bring: Whatever you need for a day of fun. For specific ideas or if you have specific questions, view our list! Note: The event is rain-or-shine. If the forecast calls for rain, be prepared to hide (or dance) while the clouds pass.

RSVP: We love to get a sense of how many of you will be joining us, please RSVP here to show your support 



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