Randall’s Island Park has a rich history of hosting cultural events and continues to do so today. Throughout the year, RIPA provides numerous free drop-in programs such as walking tours, movie nights, waterfront activities and our annual Cherry Blossom and Harvest Festivals. In addition, large special events, produced by independent organizations other than the City and RIPA, offer visitors a great variety of exciting options – continuing the Island’s strong tradition as a central entertainment venue for New York City.
RIPA hosts over 300 free public events each year. These family-friendly drop-in events play an integral role in helping Park visitors explore the Island’s varied points of interest. For additional information contact our Public Programs team at [email protected].
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FLOW.17 Opening Day
May 6, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join us for the grand opening of our annual outdoor art exhibition! Each year, FLOW features site-specific projects by participants in the Bronx Museum’s Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program for emerging artists. Come meet this year’s feature artist Rose DeSiano and hear more about her inspirations and challenges in creating her unique piece of outdoor public art entitled Island of Empirical Data and Other Fabrications. This is a free event.
More about Island of Emperical Data and Other Fabrications
This interactive art piece uses historical records, statistical data, photo archives, and government documents to explore the complexity and reflexivity of culturally-constructed histories. At the touchdowns of crossings from East Harlem and the South Bronx, oversized, colorful, reflective panels, covered with photographs of buildings, sites and landmarks, draw attention to the Island’s history as microcosm of urban planning and cultural transformation. The panels loom over park visitors, extending the periphery and enveloping them within past challenges and triumphs. At the same time, their own images are reflected and superimposed upon the scene, in turn updating the archival images within modern-day Randall’s Island Park.