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Congressman Crowley Art Competition

QCA's Development Coordinator Masud Grant recently served on a judging panel in Congressman Joe Crowley’s NY14 Congressional Art Competition. Students from across New York's 14th District had the opportunity to submit art works.

The winner's work will be on on display in the nation's Capitol for a year, and gets a free flight down to DC to attend an opening reception. Good luck to the entrants! We look forward to introducing the winner next month!
 

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LIC Partnership Winter Networking Night

QCA’s Development Coordinator Masud Grant attended the event in Long Island City and says “we are happy to be a member organization of the LIC Partnership and appreciated this chance to connect with other Queens groups and businesses.  We also look forward to participating in their LIC Springs! outdoor festival on May 6.” 

Photo Credit: LIC Partnership. More photos HERE

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Creative Conversations in Jamaica: 2.22.17

Kendal Henry, Director of Percent for Art at the Department of Cultural Affairs, joined us for this Creative Conversations meeting at the SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center. "Creative Conversations" is a signature program of the Queens Council on the Arts. It is a monthly dinner meeting hosted in different Queens neighborhoods where artists have the opportunity to network, organize, meet community stakeholders, and develop strategies for community advocacy. It is open to artists and the general public.

York College Gallery Director Margaret Rose Vendryes; Jamaica 311's Greg Mays; QCA's Molaundo Jones; and QAF Grantee & APC Artist Okechukwu Ofiaeli

York College Gallery Director Margaret Rose Vendryes; Jamaica 311's Greg Mays; QCA's Molaundo Jones; and QAF Grantee & APC Artist Okechukwu Ofiaeli

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QCA's 2017 Gala in Maspeth 2.16.17

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On February 16, Queens Council on the Arts celebrated the borough’s artistry at the Knockdown Center during a gala inspired by the Venetian carnival tradition. We honored renowned honorees, sculptor Joel Shapiro and photographer Tony Vaccaro. Our guests experienced lively entertainment including casino games, music, dancers and sketch artists. Proceeds will benefit QCA’s Emerging Artist Fund, to support artists and cultural leaders in Queens. For more images from the event, visit our Flickr page.

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Grant Writing Workshop in Jamaica

Senator James Sanders Jr.'s Grant Writing Workshop draws over 100 attendees with some traveling from as far away as Pennsylvania. The workshop was taught by Lynn Lobell and Molaundo Jones of the Queens Council on the Arts.

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale, Far Rockaway) hosted a free grant writing workshop Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at August Martin High School in Jamaica to educate the community how to obtain funding to start or expand a project or organization. More than 100 people attended the two hour class with some traveling from as far away as Pennsylvania.

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Creative Conversations in Jamaica: 1.25.2017

CHECK OUT OUR PODCAST ON CLOCKTOWER RADIO FROM THE FIRST CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS MEETING!

"Creative Conversations" is a signature program of the Queens Council on the Arts. It is a monthly dinner meeting hosted in different Queens neighborhoods where artists have the opportunity to network, organize, meet community stakeholders, and develop strategies for community advocacy. It is open to artists and the general public. This event was hosted at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. Shawn Rene Graham, Deputy Director of Programs and Services at The Field (the field.org), participated in this "Creative Conversations" meeting and shared resources offered at The Field. Clocktower Radio will be present at each meeting to interview participating artists. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157679735377016

 

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WordFeast with Santiago de Antunez Mayolo: 7.1.2016

QCA's WordFeast program presented a reading of poetry by Peruvian writer Santiago Antúnez de Mayolo. His poetry expresses a keen observation about love, distress, the identity of the self, solitude, death and immortality, and how the poet perceives the world around him. His verses have a simple language but with a fascinating lyricism, full of overwhelming images. Santiago was accompanied by multidisciplinary artist Pedro Vintimilla Burneo and translator Beatriz Gil. Traditional Peruvian cuisine was served. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157670698408365

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WordFeast with Panagiota Lilikaki: 6.10.2016

On June 10, 2016, QCA's WordFeast program presented a reading of a short story-in-progress by Greek writer Panagiota Lilikaki- Mourning baba: A Translation in Mourning in Greek. The diary entries, of over 25 years, revisit the sorrow of losing the writer’s father, baba, the seeking of happiness after the loss and the power of love. Mourning diaries examine the proper way of mourning the dead within the Greek culture and the failure to follow the tradition.  Panagiota was accompanied by guitarist-composer Spiros Exaras and Iranian American poet and translator Roger Sederat. Traditional Greek cuisine was served. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157669300203461

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WordFeast at the New York Tibetan Service Center

QCA hosted the first "WordFeast" event at the New York Tibetan Service Center in Jackson Heights on June 3, 2016. QCA’s multicultural WordFeast is a series of FREE public readings by 4 Queens-based authors who write in languages other than English. Hosted at the New York Tibetan Services Center in Elmhurst, QCA's WordFeast program presented a reading of a short story-in-progress by Tibetan writer Tenzin Woeser, accompanied by translator Nawang Gurung. Attendees also had the opportunity to see and learn techniques for producing Tibetan script calligraphy. Traditional Tibetan cuisine was served. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157668557967020

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