An open international ideas competition to design a Universal ArtsCenter at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, New York.Mission Statement for The Roosevelt Island Universal Arts Center:A Universal Arts Center at the southern point of Roosevelt Island would provide opportunities for patients at Coler-Goldwater Hospital, members of the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Society (RIVAA), and other residents to express their individual and collective visions through artistic exhibitions and events in the visual and performing arts venues. On-site art studios and performance spaces would support the individual and group needs to enhance skills, express creativity and grow as artists in the community. Exhibitions and productions, as well as educational forums, would allow for educational and social statements helping to bridge communities and cultures. The Roosevelt Island Universal Arts Center shall achieve the following:Provide opportunities for patients, residents and community members to participate in and/or attend: -Performances Πdrama, dance, singing and musical concerts, poetry -Exhibitions Πvisual art, photography, fashion -Educational seminars and conferences on topics related to: disabilities, advancing technologies, bridging cultural differences -Studio space for: painting/drawing, photography, sculpture, dance, drama, filmFacilitate collaborations with organizations representing different disabilities to hold forums, conferences, share ideas and needs Πall providing opportunities to outreach and educate local, national and global communities.Act as a magnet for artists on the Island, as well as guest artists from around the world. Located across from the United Nations, the center will provide an excellent opportunity to engage a variety of cultures and national groups on topics related to health and disability; both through topical conferences/seminars and through the use of the performing and visual arts. Artists with or without disabilities would have access to collaborate with performers and artists from other countries; sharing techniques, using new adaptive equipment and programs that continue to empower and educate each other, as well as the general public and society.The physical environment would be accessible to accommodate any individual with any disability. Performers with physical disabilities might be in wheel chairs or stretchers, require an escort, or have vision or hearing limitations. Wheelchairs might be manual or motorized. Media and audio equipment, as well as lighting and stage set up, would allow for easy access to and from performance and rehearsal spaces, artist residence, dressing rooms, educational, storage and all spaces where individuals would need access. Seating for audience attendees would allow for wheelchair or stretcher seating. Restrooms and restaurant facilities would be accessible through doors, stalls, at sinks, mirrors, phones and tables. All ramps, sidewalks and curbs would meet code standards for easy access.