Art Kibbutz is accepting applications for our Summer Residency on Governors Island, a public island in the waterways of New York City. In summer, this land trust buzzes with multiple artist residencies and arts events, set among picturesque landscapes, waterfront views, and in unique historic architecture. With studios for visual artists, writers, composers, performing artists as well as presentation space, the Art Kibbutz summer studios building is a welcoming place for artists interested joining a lively Jewish arts community.

Art Kibbutz’s Summer Residency offers shared, cooperative multidisciplinary space where artists experience a retreat-style residency just a short ferry ride from the frenetic buzz of New York City. While on Governors Island, artists create new works, develop their practice, and find potential collaborators, while drawing inspiration from community, learning, and our beautiful natural setting. On Sundays, open studio events, lectures, artist talks, and arts fairs draw a large public audience to Governors Island. During the annual River To River festival, Governors Island Art Fair and Figment Festival, Art Kibbutz shares in receiving thousands of visitors to the island through our own programs of live performance and visual art installations in this stunning parkland setting. As the only Jewish organization currently participating in Governors Island summer activities, Art Kibbutz attracts a unique mix of artists and audience.

Art Kibbutz residencies are available for a range of summer dates, with a minimum of 2 weeks, and up to 12 weeks. The residency is open from 6:30AM to 5:30PM daily Sunday through Friday (closed on Saturdays)  May 29th to September 19, 2016. It is only open to the public on Sunday.


May 31 – June 13
June 14 – June 27
June 28 – July 11
July 12 – July 25
July 26 – August 8
August 9 – August 22
August 23 – September 5
September 6 – September 19
Welcome to the Art Kibbutz Application Page

Art Kibbutz's mission is to provide an inspiring and cooperative community space to work, learn and explore the rich heritage of Jewish experience as it informs the creative process.

Early Submissions will be reviewed from March 20 - April 15
After this period, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all slots are filled, with final notification one month before the residency begins.  We suggest that you apply as soon as possible, so that if you are accepted into the residency program you can secure studio space during the session that is best for your schedule.

Social Justice:  Jewish Art in Context
This summer Art Kibbutz offers the opportunity for residents to explore their relationship to Social Justice themes (women’s right, immigration, social inequality, LGBTQ issues, human trafficking, etc.) in the context of Jewish art and teachings. We will explore together ways towards more equitable, just and healthy society, economy and environment.

Artists who wish to work on other topics are also welcome to apply

We look forward to reviewing your materials, and thank you for your interest in Art Kibbutz.

    •    March 20, 2016: Early Submissions due
    •    April 15, 2016: Preliminary Notification for Early Submissions
    •    Ongoing: Submission one month prior to residency request

To learn more about the residency and Art Kibbutz, check out our website

The application form does not have to be completed in a single session; the system will save your draft application.  We suggest that you save often as you fill out the form, and that you save a copy of any narrative texts.