Are you interested in commissioning artists to create new art works?


QCA is seeking community members with a passion for the arts to be selected as Art Producers for the Artist Commissioning Program (ACP). 

As Art Producers, you will:

  • Be part of a commissioning process and experience the creative process of an artist
  • Support Queens artists who create inclusive new performance works that reflect authentic, diverse cultural backgrounds and stories
  • Become part of a new arts support culture of Queens artists, patrons and audiences
  • Grow widespread recognition of Queens as a place where artists are supported to contribute works to the American canon


Art Producers are passionate about supporting Queens artists and art making and are concerned about the cultural vitality of their neighborhoods. Art Producers will gain new ways to engage with art beyond separate, traditional roles, such as ticket buying audiences, consumers or grant-seeking artists and enjoy more actively engaged roles in the social and cultural fabric of their local communities.

As Art Producers, you will participate in a rare opportunity to create a growing legacy of commissioning original art, support 4 artists (a playwright, choreographer or composer) to create new works from the artists’ initial vision to the world premiere, for the benefit of new American audiences.


Queens is the most diverse county in the United States where over 175 languages are spoken daily.  Artists from diverse communities in Queens are challenged economically and socially to create meaningful work that reflect other cultural influences and building audiences for this work.

If we want cultural diversity in the performing arts in Queens, we need to support artists to create work that reflects the racial and cultural mix of our communities.


As Art Producers, you will be among a group of 7-9 art appreciators who will engage in thoughtful discussions about which interpretive performance art forms are important to support, where the cultural gaps, are, and what stories are not being told.  You will select artists in a peer panel process.

During the year, you will engage with artists during the creation and presentation of the work during scheduled events such as a studio visit, an artist talk or salon and a final dress rehearsal culminating in a world premiere.  These events will enhance Queens as a supportive ecosystem of artists, art producers and audiences.


The project will run from August 2017 to June 2018.  Art Producers must attend the following events:

  • August 31, 2017                                 Art Producers Applications Due
  • Week of September 5 & 11                Art Producer Interviews
  • October 12, 2017                                Art  Producers Select Artists
  • October 27, 2017                               Kick Off Party
  • December 2017-May 2018                Monthly events, such as Art Salons/Studio Visits/Artist Talks/ Professional Development events
  • June 2018                                         Final Dress Rehearsal
  • July/August 2018                             World Premieres


Art Producers will commit to 1-year participation in the ACP where they are expected to:

  • All Art Producers will pay $100 to participate in the 2017 ACP
  • Commissioning contribution will be due prior to the September 5th ACP Orientation.
  • Actively contribute to growing a creative a diverse network of arts supporters and artists
  • Engage in a peer panel to select 4 artists who will each receive a $10,000 commission
  • Attend scheduled program events including a world premiere


All applications are due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 31, 2017.