In addition to its team of volunteers and artists, several organizations help create FIGMENT. We are always interested in speaking with other like-minded arts and community organizations to help expand the participatory arts in our communities. Our top priority is to reach a broader spectrum of artists and creators. If you are interested in a partnership with FIGMENT, please contact us at [email protected].

FIGMENT is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Our partners include:


The Trust for Governors Island


The Trust for Governors Island is responsible for the planning, redevelopment and ongoing operations for 150 acres of Governors Island. The National Park Service owns and operates an additional 22 acres of the island. The Trust for Governors Island seeks to bring Governors Island back to life, making this island at the center of New York Harbor a destination with great public open space, as well as future education, not for profit and commercial facilities.

The National Park Service


The National Park Service (responsible for 22 acres of Governors Island including Castle Williams and Fort Jay) preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC)


For 35 years, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) has been the leading arts presenter, advocate, and service provider to artists and arts groups throughout Lower Manhattan. LMCC was founded by David Rockefeller and other business and civic leaders in 1973 and was housed in the World Trade Center until 9/11. The Council, which was created shortly after the Twin Towers were built, was established to humanize the architecture of the World Trade Center Plaza. LMCC grew as downtown grew and today we are Manhattan’s largest and farthest-reaching arts council, bringing diverse cultural experiences to new audiences in unexpected ways and serving as a gateway to culture, information, and resources across the entire borough.

The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs


The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is dedicated to supporting and strengthening New York City’s vibrant cultural life. Among our primary missions is to ensure adequate public funding for non-profit cultural organizations, both large and small, throughout the five boroughs.DCLA also works to promote and advocate for quality arts programming and to articulate the contribution made by the cultural community to the City’s economic vitality. The Department represents and serves non-profit cultural organizations involved in the visual, literary and performing arts; public-oriented science and humanities institutions including zoos, botanical gardens and historic and preservation societies; and creative artists at all skill levels who live and work within the City’s five boroughs.

New York State Council on the Arts


The New York State Council on the Arts is dedicated to preserving and expanding the rich and diverse cultural resources that are and will become the heritage of New York’s citizens. The Council believes in artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure, and the rights of all New Yorkers to access and experience the power of the arts and culture, and the vital contribution the arts make to the quality of life in New York communities. NYSCA strives to achieve its mission through its core grant-making activity and by convening field leaders, providing information and advisory support, and working with partners on special initiatives to achieve mutual goals. Further, NYSCA’s vision for cultural development in the state is reflected in the following goals: sustaining a vital ecosystem of individual artists and cultural organizations that supports the creation, presentation, critical review, and distribution of the arts and culture; celebrating our rich range of artistic and cultural resources inclusive of diverse cultures and aesthetics; encouraging artistic and discipline field advancement; broadening public access, appreciation, participation, and education in the arts and culture throughout the state; and providing recognition and professional advancement for artists and arts administrators.

The Black Rock Arts Foundation


The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) emerged in 2001 as a small but ambitious effort to enrich civic life through art. Its growth since then reflects a spreading awareness of the benefits community-based art projects can bring to a broader society, despite—or even because of—their origins outside the traditional models and institutions associated with artistic expression. Art can thrive outside the walls of museums and galleries, in public places that encourage direct involvement with people who encounter it. BRAF consistently seeks to include an expanding universe of people to participate in creation, presentation, and experience of art.

The Educational Alliance Art School


The Educational Alliance Art School provides art instruction and enrichment in a nurturing environment for artists of all levels of their creative journey. Classes attract adults, teenagers and kids from all over the city. The Art School is part of The Educational Alliance downtown community center on the Lower East Side. Originally founded as a settlement house to help Eastern European Jews settle into American society we now have over 49 programs throughout the Lower East Side serving the diverse communities that makes up New York City, providing educational, recreational and social services that a community needs to thrive.

The Waterfront Alliance


The Waterfront Alliance works to transform the New York and New Jersey Harbor and Waterways to make them clean and accessible, a vibrant place to play, learn and work, with great parks, great jobs and great transportation for all. The organization was founded as a project of the Municipal Art Society of New York in 2000 and spun off as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 2007. The staff has grown from two to six (including an intern) and the Board of Trustees continues to develop into a strong and diverse team.

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The Friends of Governors Island is the independent nonprofit that supports Governors Island with volunteers, financial resources and advocacy. Working in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island and the National Park Service, the Friends runs the Island’s volunteer and membership programs, raises money to supplement public funding, and acts as the Island's champion at City Hall and the nation's capital.



The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects is one of the most active young architect groups in the country. At the national level, ENYA falls under the umbrella of the Young Architects Forum, an AIA Knowledge Community that provides national advocacy and leadership for the group. In conjunction with the AIA New York Chapter, ENYA develops its own programming that addresses issues specific to the New York City audience.

Founded in 1857, the AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter’s members include over 4,600 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development.




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Build It Green! NYC


Build It Green! NYC is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. Our warehouse has everything from panel doors to high end refrigerators and shutters to movie props. Our mission is to keep these materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale. We are sponsored by Community Environmental Center (CEC) Founded in late 2004, our warehouse opened in February of 2005. We have over 75 tons of materials on sale at half or below their new prices, including doors, flooring, sinks and toilets, lighting, windows, trim, cabinets, metal studs, and much, much more… All proceeds help support CEC’s environmental education programs at Solar 1. Solar 1 provides educaton programs in local schools, covering topics such as renewable energy and the East River ecosystem. They also host environmental lectures, and arts events throughout the year.

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Circle Arts


Circle Arts, Inc. is an artist’s resource organization that provides services for artists whose work has fallen through the cracks in the usual pathway to support. We have a long history of producing and supporting art that is non-commercial or is far from the mainstream art world.



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Governors Island Alliance


The Governors Island Alliance is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to celebrate the Island’s rich history, create memorable parks and public spaces and ensure appropriate reuse of the Island and its historic structures. Since 1995, the members of the Governors Island Alliance civic coalition have worked collaboratively to return the Island to its rightful owners—the people of New York .The Alliance is committed to working with GIPEC, the National Park Service and our elected officials to ensure that the final plans and redevelopment proposals set public access, park programming, and historic preservation as primary goals – and that there is funding to make these plans happen. During this interim period, we will help enliven the Island with free public programs, including arts, music and maritime educational opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors alike.




The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy


The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a ribbon of contemporary urban parks that connects people and the city by providing beauty, fun, and a sense of community in Boston. The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is the designated steward of the parks. We are delivering on the promise of a beautiful, vibrant, innovative city park.





Eyebeam is the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the United States. We are an incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time. Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its contributions to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness: open source, open content and open distribution.






iKatun is an artist-run organization whose mission is to foster public engagement in the politics of information. iKatun runs experimental curatorial platforms, supports art projects and publishes critical writing. iKatun is the umbrella organization for the Institute for Infinitely Small Things. iKatun was founded in 2000 as a 501(c)3 organization based in Boston, MA.



City of Greater Geelong (Australia)


FIGMENT Geelong is supported by City of Greater Geelong through its Community Arts and Festivals Grants Program. The City of Greater Geelong, through its Arts and Culture Department, provides a diverse range of arts and culture events, activities and services for the Greater Geelong municipality. The Community Arts and Festivals Grants Program is available to groups seeking to develop festivals and arts projects which complement the cultural life of the Geelong community. It has two categories: Community Festivals Grant Program - supports community cultural festivals and events held in the Geelong region which celebrate the diverse and unique communities within the City of Greater Geelong; Community Arts Grant Program - suite of grants for arts projects initiated and managed by not-for-profit, incorporated organisations, as well as a limited number of professional development grants for individuals available all year round








Diversitat, also known as Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, is a registered charity that has been operating in Geelong for the last 35 years. Immigration and Welfare are core areas of our operation.  In addition, we offer programs and services in the areas of Aged Care, Youth, Training, Employment and Arts & Events with over 250,000 people engaged annually through a wide variety of programs. Diversitat Arts & Events is a key program in strengthening art linkages in Geelong to ensure people from diverse communities are able to participate as arts makers and audiences. Initiatives continue to be developed to ensure cultural groups are supported and have the capacity to showcase their own cultural identity.

Diversitat also manages 94.7 The Pulse (Geelong’s own community radio station) and Wholefoods (fresh and organic produce, café & catering). Diversitat represents 50 affiliated CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) communities and over 50,000 people of all ethnic and cultural heritages throughout Geelong, Victoria.






The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a public, residential, liberal arts college that offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. Located in North Adams, Massachusetts, it is part of the state university system of Massachusetts.



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The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grant programs, partnerships, and services for nonprofit cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists.



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The NYC & Company Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational organization whose mission is to support tourism to New York City by promoting arts, culture, sports and recreational events that make visiting New York City a special and exciting experience with a view to benefiting the entire community. Since its inception in 1999, the foundation has focused on educating domestic and international audiences about the vibrant and diverse cultural community throughout New York City.