Date: June 24th 2017
Place: Faber Pool & Park 
Address: 2175 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York. 

“La Isla Bonita” was born as a series of public art developed by Colombian-born, Staten Island-based artist Lina Montoya under the LMProject. The series aims to transform public spaces around New York City by involving community members in the process and continues to exist, with more than 10 pieces on display throughout the City, specially on Staten Island.

The LMProject and local arts collective ISLA, partnered up since 2015 to create a Summer Festival in the North Shore of Staten Island with the help of the NYC Parks, Partnerships for Parks, Staten Island Arts and other local organizations and business. 

With the goal of building a yearly cultural happening which celebrates Staten Island’s diversity and multiculturalism, La Isla Bonita Summer Festival highlights Faber Park’s beautiful waterfront park, while promoting local and global arts and culture for free to the community. 

“People don’t think Staten Island is beautiful, but we want to celebrate the beauty that is here, in ourselves, our friendships and our community relationships. The ultimate goal for all of us is to create something that reflects us,” ISLA founder Nati Linares told the Staten Island Advance.

The festival includes live music performances, spoken word, dance, active sports, education, arts and crafts, marking an exciting development for cultural programming in the heart of Staten Island’s rich immigrant community of Port Richmond and particularly at Faber Park, where the NYC Parks and Partnerships for Parks have been concentrating their community engagement efforts. 


  1. Artist 2017: Lina Montoya - Ele Eme
    Project: “Mariposas Lamps”
    Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grant
  1. Movies in the Park  (TBD)
  2. Live Art - Bring your canvas
  3. Tables other artists 
  4. Kids table -  chalk
  5. VIDEO Do Me A Faber to promote the Park and it’s facilities.
  6. Give aways -  Promotional materials from Partners (Merchandising).
  7. Mural painting - Stairs (TBD)



Underground System 
Legacy Women (Afro Puerto Rican Bomba band from Staten Island)
Chicano Batman (if in NYC?) Ty Ushka - Sri Lankan DJ in Brooklyn
Tysa Rose - local Staten rapper

Possible Partners 

Staten Island Arts - Folklife Program
UHaul for parking
Richmond Hood
Nani Castle (T-shirt cutting table)
Peace Action Staten Island
Sustainable Staten Island 
Pride Center of Staten Island
St. Johns
Stereotype - T-shirts?
CANVAS/Island Voice
Snug Harbor
SI Peace Action
La Colmena
Health Department Teen Pregancy
US Dept of Arts & Culture
5 Boro Storytelling Project
SI Museum
Move Forward Staten Island
Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC
Universal Temple of the Arts
Sandy Ground Museum
Sri Lankan community //
SI Maker Space
50/50 Skatepark


Florence’s Japanese Dance - somewhere else in the park
Be Easy Yoga - early on in the day
Mexican Dancers - Maria


La Carcachita Food Truck - Tacos
More food trucks, different food