About this project
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!
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.
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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