Friday, January 24, 2020

RIOC Selects ChaShaMa As Roosevelt Island Artist In Residence To Provide Free Studio Space For Selected Visual Artists - Watch For Upcoming ChaShaMa Special Events, Dance Studio, New Camerata Opera Youth Workshops & More

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced last October that the non-profit ChaShaMa group

will fill the newly created role of Roosevelt Island Artist-in-Residence.

Image From ChaShaMa

 According to RIOC:
ChaShaMa Comes to Roosevelt Island

At its October board meeting, the RIOC board approved a measure that allows RIOC to work with ChaShaMa in the creation of an art studio that will provide free work space for selected artists who reside on Roosevelt Island. Artists will be able to apply for this Artist-in-Residence program via a free online application process. ChaShaMa is a well-known organization that supports artists by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into spaces for artists to create, present, and inspire.

As part of its partnership with RIOC, ChaShaMa will provide feedback and insight to the artists in the Roosevelt Island studio. The program may also include special events to showcase the work by the artists. ChaShaMa is also slated to present up to three (3) special events per year in Good Shepherd Community Center, Motorgate Gallery and the Cultural Center Theater.

The Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) will continue to work with RIOC on the Island of Art Project, the Fall for Arts Festival, the Motorgate Gallery and many other initiatives. Members of RIVAA will also lead a selection panel to choose semi-finalists for the public art studio....
ChaShaMa Project Manager Alexandria Hodgkins adds:
The main component of the project is a free studio residency for 6 months offered to 5 visual artists. Priority will be given to members of the Roosevelt Island community. More details can be found here

Aside from the studio program Chashama will be coordinating events throughout the year across the island. At Motorgate this month, the New Camerata Opera is shooting a film for their nonprofit. New Camerata plans on returning to the island this spring to offer free youth workshops at the local theater.

We also plan on hosting a dance residency at the Good Shepherd Sanctuary. Details are still being secured so stay tuned for more info.
New Camerata Opera

is currently shooting scenes this week at the Roosevelt Island Motorgate Atrium for:
... a short opera film based on the life of Julie d’Aubigny, from composer Whitney George and librettist Lila Palmer. A swashbuckling, bisexual swordswoman and opera singer alive during the 17th-century, d'Aubigny fought to cultivate a world in which those who misbehaved got what they deserved. The film, entitled "Julie", will tell her incredible story, which emphasizes the importance of courage in the face of adversity and the pursuit of equality for all.

RIOC reported on the filming schedule below:

ChaShaMa Filming at Motorgate Atrium – Thursday, January 23, 2020 to Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Our Artist-in-Residence will be filming in the Motorgate Atrium at the below times and dates. Filming is not anticipated to interfere with parking operations. Although PSD will be on-site throughout filming, please report any unsafe conditions by calling PSD at 212-832-4545.

Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 3:00 PM 11:00 PM

Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 3:00 PM 11:00 PM

Monday, Jan 27, 2020 9:00 AM 5:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 9:00 AM 5:00 PM

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
More info on the ChaShaMa Roosevelt Island Space for Artists here.

Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA Hosting New Year 2020 Celebration Friday January 24, Bring Your Good Humor And Wear A Hat

Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street) invites you to a New Year2020 Celebration later today, Friday, January 24 starting at 7 PM.  You are encouraged to bring your good humor and wear a Hat.

Here We Go Again, No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend

Here we go again.

 According to the MTA:
ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS Jan 24 - 27, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 5 AM Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts, Manhattan to Roosevelt Av, Queens

No Jamaica-bound F service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge....
Jan 27 - 31, Mon to Fri, from 9:30 PM to 5 AM - F No trains between Roosevelt Av and 21 St-Queensbridge
Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Renew, Reuse And Rewear Eileen Fischer Women's Clothing Giveway At Carter Burden RI Senior Center Saturday January 25 - Also Check Out RIDA Picture Painting Sale At Same Time, Same Place

The Roosevelt Island Zero Waste movement continues.

The Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center (546 Main Street) is hosting a Renew, Reuse and Rewear Clothing Giveaway of Eileen Fisher women's clothing - over 700 pieces of Tops and Bottoms (limit is 4 pieces per person) - on Saturday January 25. According to the Senior Center:

Saturday, January 25, 2020 10:00—1:00 p.m.


Join us for the Eileen Fisher clothing giveaway..

RENEW, REUSE and REWEAR women clothing by Eileen Fisher. Size X-small to 3X

After picking up some new clothes, check out the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA)

Picture/Painting Sale too.

Jobs Available For Elementary & Middle School Teachers At Voice Charter School In Long Island City, Only A Few Blocks From The Roosevelt Island Bridge

Are you a teacher interested in working very close to Roosevelt Island? If yes, there are several job opportunities available  for elementary and middle school teachers, as well as classroom assistants, at the Voice Charter School located in Long Island City just a few blocks from the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

According to the Voice Charter School:

VOICE Charter School is an elementary and middle school located in Long Island City, Queens that serves about 650 students across grades K-8. We are located just minutes from Roosevelt Island Bridge in Long Island City at 2 locations - 36-24 12th Street and 37-15 13th Street We are looking to identify extraordinary educators and administrators committed to urban education who wish to join a dynamic professional learning community.

Our mission is to create a safe and healthy learning environment that will nurture, motivate and challenge all of our children to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to develop into mindful, responsible, contributing participants in their education, their community and the diverse society in which we live.

What makes VOICE different?

At VOICE, it’s not just about the music. It’s about the people. It’s about what you can be. It’s about using your passion. It’s about relationships. It’s about having the opportunity to choose. It’s about caring enough. It’s about each individual child and adult.

We believe in efficacy. At the core of our academic culture is the idea that all students are capable of doing well in any discipline. At VOICE, all students will learn – being smart is not something that you are, it is something you become. At VOICE, you will be pushed to become more.

We support and develop the effectiveness of our teachers. We believe that teachers need time to collaborate to build their practice, so we provide our team with over two hours of planning time a day as well as additional days for collaborative thought partnership and planning during the school year.

We promote participation in music and the arts. As music and art help develop problem solving and critical thinking skills and open children's imaginations, all VOICE students participate in and learn from daily activities in the arts including rigorous choral training. We design our arts-integrated curriculum to bring joy and wonder to the lives of our children, providing them with the skills necessary to forge their own path.

VOICE is actively hiring for the following positions for the current School Year:
  • ELL/ENL Teacher
  • Upper Elementary Dean (3-5)
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Middle School Math Teacher (6-8)
  • Middle School Music Teacher (6-8)
  • Middle School ICT Teacher (6-8)
  • Classroom Assistant
VOICE is also accepting applications for School Year 2020-2021. If you’re interested in applying, please reach out to us at

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Hosting Open Mic Jazz Night Saturday January 25 - A Fundraising Benefit For Sierra Club To Plant 1000 Trees In NYC Parks

The Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) invites you to an Open Mic Jazz Night on Saturday January 25. According to RISA:

Open Mic Jazz Night is a fundraiser for L18 Infinity's Environmental Legacy Project. All proceeds will go to the Sierra Club Foundation to plant 1,000 trees to combat climate change.

Saturday January 25, 6-9 PM.

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association 546 Main Street, Roosevelt Island NY 10044.

Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $25.

Email for more information.
RISA Secretary/Community Outreach Andrea Jackson adds:
LI-8 Infinity is a team of 28 intergenerational students from the Altru Learning Center. They have selected and partnered with The Sierra Club to fulfill Sierra Clubs need to plant 1000 trees in April with the NYC Parks. Dept. LI 8 means Legacy Infinity Project #8 - The Sierra Club. The Goal is to leave a legacy of assisting in Environmental Sustainability to combat Climate change.