Deputy Mayor Steel, Staten Island Borough President Molinaro, and NYCEDC President Pinsky Announce COAHSI to Open New Home at St.George Ferry Terminal
COAHSI Will Use the Space to Create a “Culture Lounge” for Arts Presentations and Meetings
Deputy Mayor Steel, Staten Island Borough President Molinaro, NYCEDC President Pinsky, and Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) Board Director Donna Maxon announced today that COAHSI will be moving their offices, and establishing a project space at a new location in the St. George Ferry Terminal, slated to open in fall 2012. The new space, aptly titled “Culture Lounge," will act as both a meeting place and arts presentation space for the community. It will also be a welcoming gateway to Staten Island for visitors from all over the world. The Culture Lounge space will be made possible through a $175,000 capital grant allocation from Borough President James P. Molinaro to fit-out the space in the ferry terminal.
"Today's announcement is great news for St. George and all of Staten Island, and we appreciate Borough President Molinaro's partnership to make it possible," Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel said. "Under the leadership of Mayor Bloomberg, First Deputy Mayor Patti Harris and Commissioner Kate Levin, arts and cultural institutions have helped fuel economic growth and create jobs in all five boroughs."
“This new home for COAHSI is yet another step in developing St. George as Staten Island’s gateway and anchor for the arts. COAHSI’s Culture Lounge, with its unique gallery space, will introduce local art to the nearly two million tourists that use the Ferry Terminal each year, and at the same time help draw attention to our growing arts community on Staten Island. I am happy to have helped make this move possible, and look forward to the grand opening this fall,” Said Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro.
“We are excited to welcome COAHSI to the St. George Ferry Terminal,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. “Arts and culture play a direct role in our City’s economy, with thousands of organizations supporting nearly 40,000 jobs, while also improving quality of life and attracting top-flight talent to the five boroughs. This new arts and cultural space will truly enhance the ferry terminal for years to come, and provide a tremendous benefit to Staten Island and the entire City. Thank you to Borough President Molinaro for his partnership in this effort, and for his work in ensuring that State Island has a bright economic future.”
“COAHSI is excited and proud to reach this moment. Culture Lounge creates a platform for both visual and performing artists to expand professionally, present their work, and grow their audiences. Moreover, visitors and commuters that pass through the St. George ferry terminal will experience ideas that are special, important, and relevant every day, furthering COAHSI’s goal of promoting arts, culture, and the humanities on Staten Island,” said COAHSI Board Director Donna Maxon.
COAHSI's program for Culture Lounge is to exhibit both international and local artists, including visual artists, poets, musicians, writers, and performers. The focus will be on artistic projects that are place-based --examining aspects of the surrounding environments and communities, helping people consider their environs in new ways, exploring how their communities might be more livable and sustainable, and/or creating ways they can become more socially engaged.
With this new space, COAHSI is interested in building a bridge between the viewing audience and artists—creating an original and ever-changing experience for the residents, commuters, and visitors. COAHSI has been working with architect Vincent Appel of Medium to create an engaging and welcoming space for both the community and visitors from across the globe. The 2,500-square foot Culture Lounge space will be an attractive "point of entry" to the arts community, and for the nearly 75,000 Staten Island Ferry passengers who go through the ferry terminal each day (over 21 million people a year). The goal is to turn passengers into participants -- engaging them with art, and inspiring them to venture past the terminal, and into the cultural hotspots found all over the island.
For more information on Culture Lounge, call COAHSI Executive Director, Melanie Cohn at 718-447-3329 x 1002, or email: [email protected].
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The mission of COAHSI is to cultivate a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island by: 1) making the arts accessible to every member of the community; 2) supporting and building recognition for artistic achievement; 3) providing artists and organizations technical, financial, and social resources to encourage the creation of new work. COAHSI does extensive outreach to communities that are underserved geographically, ethnically, and economically. The organization works hard to impact the arts across all borders. For more information on the Council on the Arts & Humanities for Staten Island (COAHSI) visit www.statenislandarts.org.
About the Architect
Vincent Appel is an architect, urbanist, designer, and artist. His New York based creative practice, Medium, focuses on alternative design and development strategies which give people the agency to inhabit the built environment in ways that would otherwise not be possible. Current work is focused on innovative cultural infrastructure including galleries, libraries, and museums. Medium has completed a variety of residential and public art projects.
In addition to the work of Medium, Vincent is currently the program coordinator and an instructor of architectural design for the Syracuse University School of Architecture’s New York City program. He has been an invited design critic at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Colgate and Mass. Art. Vincent’s current research is engaged with historical and contemporary design and urban theory.