FIGMENT is a free, inclusive, participatory arts event held in multiple cities and drawing tens of thousands of participants each year. FIGMENT's mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities.


FIGMENT's mission is to offer free, family-friendly and participatory art to entire communities. The event removes the barriers of museum and gallery walls and entrance fees, blurring the lines between those who create and those who enjoy art. FIGMENT is a forum for the creation and display of participatory and interactive art by emerging artists across disciplines. FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. Since then, FIGMENT has grown significantly each year in number of projects, duration, participants, volunteers, fundraising capability, exhibitions, locations, overall level of commitment and participation, and public support.

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Happy Holidays from FIGMENT! Thank you so much for all that you have done for FIGMENT in 2015. To the team members, artists, volunteers, participants, and donors, all who have given so generously of their time and energy… you make FIGMENT happen! In honor of Giving Tuesday, we decided to launch #GivingFigment. We asked our community to update their profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter to help promote the initiative. If you would like to participate, here is a link to the #GivingFigment picture. It’s the easiest and best way you can help FIGMENT right...

FIGMENT Impact Survey: help FIGMENT explain FIGMENT!

FIGMENT has had a significant positive impact on so many of us. We're collecting stories from all of our communities on how FIGMENT has made a difference in our lives and in our communities, to help us to explain FIGMENT and the impact that we have to potential funders, groups in new cities, governmental partners, and others. Please take a few minutes to answer the three questions in this FIGMENT Impact Survey, about the difference FIGMENT has made in your life and community—and please ask your core team members, volunteers, artists, and participants to do the...

Call for Submissions: 2016 Pavilion of Dreams!

The City of Dreams Pavilion summer-long program is now accepting submissions for the 2016 competition! FIGMENT is teaming up once more with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to host this annual competition. The challenge: design and construct a temporary pavilion on Governors Island that meets the criteria outlined here. Our theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future. If we imagine a future New York City where anything...