Little Island is a community partner committed to bringing nature and art into the everyday lives of our neighbors in Chelsea and the West Village. Through our arts education programs for young people and seniors, our internship program for college students, and our collaboration with our Community Council, Little Island fosters the expectation that beautiful public space and access to art is essential for all New Yorkers.
Little Island Internship Program
Little Island provides employment opportunities and pathways to career development for college students. Since 2018, our Little Island Internship Program has employed 11 individuals in a unique work/study model, with paid on-the-job training and experiences designed to develop skills in leadership, communication, financial literacy, and public space. Interns also get the chance to commission a work of art during their program, gaining an appreciation for the full process of curating art for a public audience.
Little Island partners with local schools to use the arts as a springboard for learning and discovery. Our arts curriculum is customized to address each schools’ unique needs and interests through residencies and workshops, both for children and their families.
Since 2019, Little Island has offered arts education workshops in partnership with three New York City public schools in Chelsea and the West Village: PS 33, 75 Morton, and City As School.
In September 2019, Little Island launched a series of arts workshops with neighboring community organizations aimed at engaging local residents in arts activity and play.
We partnered with the Westbeth Artists Residents Council to support an acting and improvisation workshop for older adults to explore creative movement and storytelling. Working with Hudson Guild, Little Island’s Teaching Artists led weekly Latin dance classes with the center’s community of older adults, accompanied by live music.
Little Island’s Community Council is comprised of 12 members who represent business, arts, government, youth, older adults, and families in our neighborhood. The Council is made up of thinkers, doers, and problem solvers who partner with Little Island to help guide our efforts to engage, educate, and employ our local community.
Community Council members serve as mentors for Little Island interns, leading them on excursions to cultural institutions and meeting with them for professional development luncheons throughout the year.