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FIGMENT's Artist-Designed Minigolf course on Governors Island is a one-of-a-kind NYC experience. Let's bring it back for summer 2017.
FIGMENT's Artist-Designed Minigolf course on Governors Island is a one-of-a-kind NYC experience. Let's bring it back for summer 2017.
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QUESTION: What do the George Washington Bridge, a light bulb, a watermelon slice, a mouse-trap and Times Square have in common?

ANSWER: They’ve all been recent holes on the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course. Only during the summer and only on Governors Island could you putt over the George Washington Bridge, across a watermelon slice and down Broadway into Times Square.

But due to rising costs the much beloved Artist-Designed Minigolf Course is at risk of not coming back for its 10th season. Only with your support can we build it and keep it free and fun, all summer long.

We now have a generous donor willing to match all contributions. We are in the home stretch and your support now counts DOUBLE!!!

The Artist-Designed Minigolf Course on Governors Island is produced by FIGMENT Project, a non-profit that provides a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art. FIGMENT Project has produced Artist-Designed Minigolf on Governors Island for the past 9 summers. 

Governors Island is a short ferry ride from Manhattan and Brooklyn. What was once a military base protecting the harbor is now an amazing place for outings with family and friends. If you’ve been to Governors Island, chances are you’ve interacted with the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course. And if you haven’t, you owe it to yourself to go.

Read the recent NY Times article on the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course here.

The Artist-Designed Minigolf Course is free to play, and many of the players come from school and camp groups from underserved communities. Their smiles and laughter are one of the biggest rewards for supporting the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course.

SUMMER 2017 THEME

New York is one of the most musically vibrant cities in the world. The 2017 Artist-Designed Minigolf Course will have the theme “NYC Has The Beat.” It will feature holes inspired by the rhythm of the city and its local music scene.

The 2017 course will be one of the most imaginative and interactive yet. We will keep you up to date on its progress every step of the way. Your support will help bring “NYC Has The Beat” to life. Then please come over to Governors Island this summer and play it!

WHY KICKSTARTER?

FIGMENT Project is a non-profit organization entirely funded by grants, individual donations and fundraisers. As producers, they help projects like this one go from inspiration to reality. The continuation of the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course during the summer of 2017 depends on a successful campaign. 

Each supporter of the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course will automatically become a member of the Governors Island Miniature Golf Club for the 2017 season. Membership offers many cool perks and opportunities for recognition.

Your support will be an investment in participatory art and will help bring to life one of those unique experiences that makes New York City the place in which we love to live, work and play.

FUNDING

Your support is tax-deductible and will go toward the cost of building, staffing and insuring the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course. 

The budget is spelled out below:

Construction materials                $12,000

Insurance                                      12,000

Staffing Monday-Friday                  7,000

Kickstarter rewards/expenses        4,000

Warehouse rent/transportation       2,000

Less expected kiosk donations   -12,000

Campaign amount                       $25,000

 

Risks and challenges

FIGMENT project has produced the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course on Governors Island for the last 9 summers. The curators of this summers’ installation have each built holes for the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course several times and know what it takes to make the 2017 course a success.

Governors Island has evolved, and so too has Artist-Designed Minigolf. Initially Governors Island was open to the public only on summer weekends. It is now open 7 days a week during the summer and attracts more visitors than ever.

The success of Governors Island has also created some of the challenges we need to address with this Kickstarter campaign. We expect thousands of players to interact with the 2017 Artist-Designed Minigolf Course, and insurance premiums have risen as a result. And while participating artists and other volunteers can staff the course on weekends, we need to hire some help to fill in on weekdays.

One of the biggest challenges for the participating artists is constructing the holes in New York City and installing them on Governors Island. The golf holes are up to 16 feet long, and building them involves significant carpentry work. Few of the artists have adequate space to build holes where they live so we anticipate renting warehouse space in Brooklyn this spring.

The holes need to remain open for play all summer long. They will be exposed to wind and rain as well as to wear and tear from thousands of players. We will review hole proposals for safety and durability as well as for creativity and playability.

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    Member - Governors Island Minigolf Club

    You will become a member of the Governors Island Miniature Golf Club for the summer 2017 season and will receive a handsome membership card. The card will have the club logo on one side and the club rules on the other. Rule 1) Play miniature golf on Governors Island this summer. Rule 2) Have fun observing rule 1. You will receive periodic email updates as the hole designs are selected, constructed and installed.

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    Lighthouse member

    You will receive all member benefits as well as an oval shaped bumper sticker bearing the club logo. In addition, your name will be displayed on the clubhouse wall as a Lighthouse member.

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    Windmill member

    You will receive all of the benefits of Lighthouse membership as well as recognition on the clubhouse wall as a Windmill member. In addition, you will receive a booklet featuring behind the scenes construction shots and photos of the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course in action.

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    Loop-de-loop member

    You will receive all of the rewards of windmill membership plus recognition on the clubhouse wall as a Loop-de-loop member. In addition, you will receive a golf ball bearing the club logo. Test it out on the Artist-Designed minigolf course this summer - it should bring you good luck!

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    Inside-the-ropes member

    You will receive all of the benefits of Loop-de-loop membership as well as recognition on the clubhouse wall as an inside-the-ropes member. Your membership also includes an invitation to the inside-the-ropes get-together on the afternoon of Saturday, June 24 to thank you for your support. You will receive a club logo golf ball and poker chip ball marker when you arrive. You will meet the artists who designed and built the course as you play it. They will share the inspiration behind their design as well as tips for how to play their hole.
    The first 9 to sign-up as inside–the-ropes members will have their name included on a hole flag as a sponsor.

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    Magic Golf Ball member

    You will receive all of the rewards of the inside-the-ropes membership as well as recognition on the clubhouse wall as a magic golf ball member. And your membership comes with MAGIC: a bag of 5 golf balls designed to answer your most pressing questions. Maybe the answer will be that signs point to yes or maybe it will be somewhat hazy. But that you will support Artist-Designed Miniature Golf is decidedly so.

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    Minigolf Masters

    Care to test your minigolf skills against your fellow New Yorkers? You and 3 friends will be invited to participate in the Minigolf Masters to be held on the afternoon of Saturday, July 15. Trophies will be awarded for low individual score, low team score and for the most holes in one. The curators may also be inspired to offer style-based awards: most creatively attired, best exhibiting the spirit of minigolf, or whatever else strikes us.
    Minigolf Masters entry comes with a membership card, bumper sticker and club logo ball for each participant. Winners will be recognized on the clubhouse wall, just like at the big time golf events.

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    Golf Course Architect

    A highly experienced minigolf hole builder will construct a hole based on a theme you suggest. Perhaps your hole will be inspired by the A train? Or maybe by a trip to Rock-Rock-Rockaway Beach? You decide, and the flag for this hole will bear your name as its sponsor and source of inspiration. There’s only one Golf Course Architect – do you have the Wright stuff?

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    Club Champion

    Want to host an event that your friends and family will never forget? Four supporters will be designated club champions and will have use of the course to host their own event. It’s great for kids’ parties or for groups of friends. The Artist-Designed Minigolf Course will be yours for two hours for your special event. On weekdays you can reserve any two-hour time slot in which Governors Island is open. On weekends the 10:30 to 12:30 slot will be available.
    Club logo balls, bumper stickers, score cards and FUN will be provided.

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    Chairman of the Board

    As Chairman of the Board of the Governors Island Miniature Golf Club you can host a party on the course and participate in the inside-the-ropes and Minigolf Masters events. You will be recognized as a special friend of the Artist-Designed Minigolf Course with your own sign on the clubhouse wall.
    It will take a dynamic and public spirited individual or non-profit organization to step up and be Chair.

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