On Friday, May 12, we hosted a LAB presentation of new literary works by participants in the 2017 Artist Peer Circle. Malcolm Chang, Becky Band Jain, and Catherine Kapphahn were introduced by their facilitator Tim Fredrick. They shared memoir focusing on love, family, life and death.
On Thursday, May 11, QCA hosted an "Under the Hood" workshop focusing on artist work sample submissions. Artists had the opportunity to see the work samples of past QAF grant applicants as well as some of their peers in the audience reviewed by QCA staff. The workshop was facilitated by Grants & Resources Director Lynn Lobell and Art Services Manager Molaundo Jones.
On Saturday, May 6, the Long Island City Partnership hosted LIC Springs!, a block party featuring vendors from across the borough. It was a family-filled event and QCA's table was steadily abuzz considering we had two of our High School to Art School (HS2AS) alumni offering free portraits. The block party also featured Council James "Jimmy" Van Bramer; the QAF-funded INSITU Dance Festival; and the gracious support of QCA Board Chair and owner of Manducatis Rustica, Gianna Cerbone Teoli. #licsprings
On Friday, April 28, 2017, QCA hosted the first Elmhurst/Jackson Heights-based Creative Conversations meeting at the New York Tibetan Service Center (NYTSC). A cultural center for the Himalayan community that is highly utilized by performing artists, NYTSC is also a QAF art service organization grantee. A nice mix of creative professionals were in attendance including a curator from the Museum of Chinese in America, as well as several visual artists, musicians, and dancers. Participants in the conversation expressed the community's need for more artist studio spaces.
On Wednesday, April 26, Creative Conversations in Jamaica, Queens, was joined by Sante Antonelli, Director of Business Services at the Queens Economic Development Center and founding director of the Made in Queens (MiQ) initiative. Antonelli shared his experiences creating a storefront business for Queens-based artisans using a coop business model. Many of the participating artists have been QCA Artist Peer Circle participants and have recently founded the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA). SEQAA's mission is to organize Jamaica-based artists in an effort to create a new studio work space for artists in the community.