February's "Creative Conversations" meeting at the SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center in Jamaica, Queens, was joined by Kendal Henry, Director of Percent for Art at the Department of Cultural Affairs.
The Jamaica Arts Leaders Town Hall gave a public voice to what artists need in Jamaica by engaging the community in conversation, shining a light on the community's artists, and focusing on Jamaica's creative potential. It was led by artists participating in QCA's Artist Peer Circle program. Approximately 100 people attended. More images here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157663516555136
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
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.
More images here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157677245869113
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.
Queens writer and poet Audrey Dimola curated this workshop addressing mental health issues in the creative community. Artists from across Queens and NYC came to the standing room-only event. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157680453633175
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" 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
Writers had the opportunity to learn strategies and gain insight on how to get their works published. Our panelists included literary agent Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency); editor Quressa Robinson (St. Martin's Press); and authors Marcela Landres and Meera Nair. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157676788273635
Senior students in 2016 SU-CASA artist David Mills' poetry class read their work to the public at their culminating event at the Rochdale Village Senior Center. For more images visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157670924545246
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
QCA's WordFeast program presents a reading of a short story-in-progress by Brazilian writer Camila Santos. She was accompanied by painter Heather Simon and translator Leila Ortiz. Traditional Brazilian cuisine was served. For more photos visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157667886118603
Senior students of 2016 SU-CASA artist Carol Sudhalter performed a play called "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" at Queens Community House Senior C
enter in Forest Hills, Queens. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157669154689095
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
A picture of quilt work done by the senior students of 2016 SU-CASA Artist Valerie Skakun, prominently displayed at Maspeth Selfhelp Senior Center. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157668452043221
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
Queens Council on the Arts in celebrate the accomplishments of the young artists in the High School to Art School fall and spring sessions.
Student portfolio artwork was exhibited at QCA in the Kaufman Arts District, highlighting the many techniques and concepts central to the HS2AS program. More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/qcanyc/albums/72157666276495713