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Posted on: October 28, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Island of Art Updates

ChaShaMa Comes to Roosevelt Island

At its October board meeting, the RIOC board approved a measure that allows RIOC to work with ChaShaMa in the creation of an art studio that will provide free work space for selected artists who reside on Roosevelt Island. Artists will be able to apply for this Artist-in-Residence program via a free online application process. ChaShaMa is a well-known organization that supports artists by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into spaces for artists to create, present, and inspire.

As part of its partnership with RIOC, ChaShaMa will provide feedback and insight to the artists in the Roosevelt Island studio. The program may also include special events to showcase the work by the artists. ChaShaMa is also slated to present up to three (3) special events per year in Good Shepherd Community Center, Motorgate Gallery and the Cultural Center Theater.

The Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) will continue to work with RIOC on the Island of Art Project, the Fall for Arts Festival, the Motorgate Gallery and many other initiatives. Members of RIVAA will also lead a selection panel to choose semi-finalists for the public art studio.

For more information on ChaShaMa and the important work they do for the art community, please visit their website at

Nellie Bly Town Hall

RIOC will be hosting a Nellie Bly Town Hall on Tuesday, December 3rd at 5:00 PM at Good Shepherd Community Center (Upper Level), 543 Main Street. It will be an excellent opportunity for the community to see renderings of the artwork and discuss the vision for the installation with the artist, Amanda Matthews, CEO/Partner of Prometheus Art.

John Clement Installation

Finally, RIOC and RIVAA are anxiously awaiting the delivery of an installation by John Clement. His colorful steel spirals have been installed in locations all over the United States, in Canada and Australia. We will let you know when we find out the exact date of when his work will arrive on Roosevelt Island. Stay tuned!

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