1966, QCA FOUNDED!!!
In 1966 the Queens Council on the Arts was founded!
Mrs. Jeanne Dale Katz spearheaded the project, with the help of the borough's leading organizations, notably:
The Queens Symphony Orchestra,
Queens Opera Association,
Queens Borough Public Library,
Queensborough Community College,
and Saint Johns University.
QCA instated Free Concerts in the Parks
QCA helped the development of borough arts institutions, such as:
The Queens Museum
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
and The Colden Center
1977- appointed FUNDS ADMINISTRATORS of
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund,
and the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program Funds,
thus initializing QCA's role as distributor of funds (city, state, federal, or private) to emerging artists and organizations.
Established the Arts Education, Queens Community Arts Fund
Established Folk Arts programs
Took on the management for the Queens Theatre in the Park (until 1997.)
Created Project Diversity Queens
Created the Individual and Teaching Artist Initiatives
Founded the Arts in the Schools grant program
QCA celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2016 and is looking ahead to the next 50 years of supporting artists and the arts in Queens. Now located in our redesigned space in the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, QCA is ideally positioned to serve the professional needs of Queens artists across the borough.