Community

Little Island is a space where people of all ages and backgrounds are invited to engage, explore, and thrive. We provide educational programming in the park and host various community and arts organizations every summer including Greenwich House Music School, MoCADA, Children’s Museum of the Arts, The Free Black Women’s Library, and more. We also partner with neighborhood schools, provide job opportunities for young people, and provide free tickets to all of our performances in The Amph.

We are inclusive to visitors of all abilities in our park and programming. Learn more about our accessibility offerings here.

Our partnerships with Hudson Guild, Greenwich House, and the Westbeth Artists Residents Council have brought art, dance, and theater workshops to local older adults. Participants in these partnerships work with our Little Island Artists-in-Residence on public programs, creating and sharing their art with park visitors. Our teaching artists have led Latin dance nights with the community at Hudson Guild; Greenwich House hosts a weekly musical Creative Break in the park; and the seniors of Westbeth performed “It’s Only a Play,” as part of the Little Island Storytelling Festival. We also collaborate with the young adults of The Door to produce Little Island’s Teen Night, a public performance showcase led by and for New York City youth every Friday evening in the summer.

Through our Community Ticketing Program, we partner with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects (OASP) to distribute free performance tickets to organizations and families throughout NYC, ensuring that a broad diversity of New Yorkers have access to Little Island’s programming. In our first year, we distributed over 40,000 free tickets.

Please contact us here to be connected to our Education & Community Relations team.

We welcome schools to engage with Little Island as an outdoor classroom and unique field trip venue, where students have the opportunity to learn outside of the traditional school setting. Feel free to contact our Education & Community Relations team here for Little Island curriculum or to help coordinate your visit.

Our previous partnerships with PS 11, PS 33, 75 Morton, Corlears School, Avenues: The World School, and City As School have included workshops, opportunities to perform at Little Island, and access to free tickets for performances in The Amph.

Through our partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), college students and recent alumni can learn professional skills and receive pathways to employment through paid opportunities with Little Island.

Starting as a paid Little Island Intern, students gain exposure to the workings of a dynamic public space while supporting administrative and programmatic projects during a spring or fall placement.

College students in our summer Little Island Fellowship paid program are assigned to a specific department of Little Island that aligns with their career goals, providing direct support to their team while receiving sustained mentorship from staff. For 2022, Fellowships are available in Education Programs, Employee Experience, Operations, and Events and Communications. Fellows participate in workshops focused on career readiness and wellness.

Our new Usher Corps Program provides summer jobs for college students to go behind the scenes of The Amph, welcoming audiences into our performance spaces and assisting production operations as needed. This opportunity gives our participants invaluable work skills as they learn and grow alongside a peer support network.

Alumni of our career development programs stay connected with Little Island, returning for Q&A sessions for prospective youth hires, attending our Teen Night series, receiving offers for temporary work, networking with other arts and park organizations, and more. Current CUNY students and recent alumni should click here for current opportunities.