Montgomery Parks Speaker Session Explores the Grand Vision of Manhattan’s Little Island

by MCS Staff

Michael Wiggins, director of education and community engagement for Little Island will explain the vision behind the revolutionary public space on December 7, 2021

WHEATON, Md. –  Montgomery Parks(opens in a new tab), part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, invites the public to a free, virtual installment of the Parks Speaker Series(opens in a new tab) featuring Michael Wiggins, director of education and community engagement for Little Island(opens in a new tab), on December 7, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Wiggins will share insights into the development, execution, and vision of the recently opened innovative public space, during the free virtual webinar.

Little Island Park on the Hudson River.

In May 2021, Little Island, a 2.4-acre public park rising from the remnants of Pier 54 on the west side of Manhattan, opened to the public. From its one-of-a-kind design to its diverse, inclusive programming, Little Island offers an entirely new type of public space that aims to provide visitors an immersive experience with nature and art. Wiggins will share how the project went from vision to reality, how the park’s commitment to hospitality is a through-line, initial learnings, and their vision for the future.

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

WHAT:  Montgomery Parks Speaker Series(opens in a new tab):

Little Island: Using Art, Nature, and Community to Engage, Educate and Employ”

REGISTER(opens in a new tab)

WHO: The event is free and open to the public

WHEN: December 7, 2021 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: The session will be held online, and a link will be sent to registrants.

About Michael Wiggins 

Michael Wiggins is Director of Education and Community Relations for Little Island, a new public park on the West Side of Manhattan. Previous roles include Director of Education at Baltimore Center Stage; Director of Education and Special Projects at Urban Arts Partnership; Teaching Artist Trainer at The Public Theater; Teaching Artist at New Victory Theater; Adjunct professor at The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of New York (CCNY) and The Program in Educational Theatre at NYU’s Steinhardt School. He is an alumnus of the NYU Graduate Acting MFA Program (’98).


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