Most art and design fairs geared toward young people encourage them to create something to take home. The Inventgenuity Festival does that, too, but it emphasizes a rarer and possibly more resonant principle: creating something to leave behind.
That’s exactly what visitors will do on Saturday and Sunday during the festival’s 11th edition and its first to be held outdoors, on Governors Island. Presented by Beam Center, an educational nonprofit based in Brooklyn, the free event invites participants, ages 6 to 18, to enroll in workshops devoted to craft, technology, music, science, even sports. The central activity, however, will be to complete “Constellation,” a public-art project and sound installation by the interdisciplinary artist Ye Qin Zhu that will remain on the island at least through mid-October.
“I want to show that during the pandemic, even though we’re all separated, or we may feel that we’re separated,