FIGMENT began in July 2007 as a free, one-day participatory arts event on Governors Island in New York Harbor with over 2,600 participants. FIGMENT was founded by David Koren, who quickly built a network of collaborators. From that early beginning, we have been expanding in new and exciting ways each year.
In 2008, we added a season-long City of Dreams Minigolf Course on Governors Island as well as a season-long exhibition of interactive art and performance in a building on Governors Island. For the 2008 event, over 200 arts projects were proposed and mapped, over 10,000 participants joined us, and several press outlets wrote about FIGMENT, including another weekend article in The New York Times, as well as pieces in Time Out New York, Gothamist, the New York Post, and the Village Voice.
In 2010 we started expanding FIGMENT to other cities in the US and beyond; we keep growing and expanding to this day. For a full FIGMENT History, click here.