2016 Queens Arts Fund Awardees
 

Art Access Grant
Funded by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund

 

American Bolero Dance Company - Two Flamenco and Spanish Classical dance and music concerts.

Astoria Big Band - A concert of works by famous women composers.

American Bolero Dance Company

American Bolero Dance Company

Bayside Glee Club, Inc. – A series of free concerts performed at nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals and Church on the Hill.

Beach Sessions fiscally sponsored by Black & White Project Space – Performances of site-responsive work by emerging dance and visual artists in Rockaway Beach.

Con Brio Ensemble - Six Chamber Music Concerts

Convergence Arts, Inc. – Free Jazz workshops and performances featuring Queens professional and student ensembles.

Coopdanza, Inc. - A cultural exchange raising awareness and visibility of Indigenous Cultures in urban environments through multimedia dance.

Cre.Art Project Ensemble fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas – Multidisciplinary commissioned performances at Queens Theatre.

Fresh Meadows Poets – Public reading and mentorship opportunity for Queens Youth.

Healing Nation Foundation fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas – To the Rising Sun, A multi-media music concert incorporating the poetry of Maya Angelou.

Jackson Heights Beautification Group - A Summer concert series in Travers Park.

Jose Obando fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Salsa lecture/demonstration "Maraca & Guiro: Two Taino Instruments in the 21st Century" at Langston Hughes Library.

Local Project – Presenting acoustic music sets and performance art on first the Wednesday monthly at Local Project.

MachineHDance fiscally sponsored by Unique Projects, Inc. - A weeklong dance intensive for children, culminating in a professional evening length performance.

Mission to (dit)Mars fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas - The Propulsion Lab: A bi-weekly playwright group offering play development, feedback and public readings.

Multicultural Sonic Evolution - Sounds of Arts Festival 2016: A weeklong festival of 5 different programs that include music, theatre, and visual arts collaborations.

New Music Horizons fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas - 2 fall concerts showcasing contemporary jazz and classical composers at Flushing Town Hall.

Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. - Publication of the Newtown Literary Journal, and literary events throughout the year.

Onipa- Abusia, Inc. - Music, Songs & Dances of South Africa: A presentation of the legacy of Nana Yao Opare Dinizul's dance called the Zulu Suite.

Opera Pomme Rouge fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Hansel and Gretel: An opera adaptation to introduce families to perhaps their first opera experience at Queens Museum.

Queens World Film Initiative, Inc. - 6th annual Queens World Film Festival, featuring over 80 screenings.

Rego Park Green Alliance Studio - Pedestrian Penguin: A project to use art and culture to change behaviors of walkers, bicyclists, and drivers.

Rural Route Films fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas – Rural Route Film Festival: highlighting unique people and cultures outside of the city that are normally overlooked by the mainstream media.

Salvatore LaRussa Dance Company, Inc. – Series of free modern dance concerts in an effort to promote awareness and appreciation for dance as an art form.

STAR - Senior Theater Acting Repertory – Seniors bringing drama, comedy and song to senior centers and libraries for those who would not otherwise experience live theatrical performances.

Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District - Third Thursdays in Bliss Plaza, A free, monthly summer public performance series featuring Queens-based talent.

The Astoria Choir, Inc. - Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem choral performance in May.

The Dream Unfinished fiscally sponsored by Black Women's Blueprint - #SingHerName, Chamber Series dedicated to the works of female composers to raise awareness for female activists in the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Physical Plant fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas – Queensborough Dance Festival: An annual week of performances featuring only Queens-based choreographers.

TITAN Theatre Company fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas – Free monthly dramatic readings of Shakespeare's plays at different branches of the Queens Library.

 

New Works Grant
Funded by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund

Adam Nadel – Justice Now: A Photography project of individuals in Queens who have had their constitutional rights violated by the legal system.

Bino A. Realuyo - The War Theory: A poetry manuscript reflecting on history and war.

David Mills

David Mills

Caitlin Dutton – COLOR: A performance between a choreographer and a painter.

Cara Lynch - Love Tokens: Wall sculptures made from casts of decorative found objects from NYC.

David Mills - Well Grounded: A series of poems about the African Burial Ground in NYC.

Fei Li - An Apple in Central Park: A series of paintings exploring landscape painting tradition, as well as the contribution to the continuums of art.

Graciela Cassel – Rivers: a video based on life in the rivers of Queens.

Jeffrey Fairbanks - Music featuring Korean wind instruments with Jazz orchestra to be composed publicly in Astoria Park and performed.

Jennifer Williams - Queens: Remake/Remode: A photographic site responsive project addresses the radical architectural transformation of Long Island City.

Juan Hinojosa – Shadowboxer: Hand cut site-specific paper installation covering most of the Sculpture Space NYC gallery wall and ceiling.

Kenneth Burris - Invisible Neighbors: Wildlife in Queens: A series of drawings and paintings on Queens-local wildlife with education-focused exhibition.

Kensaku Shinohara – The Map: A dance premiere at Green Space Dance with choreographer, Gabrielle Revlock.

Lily Jue Sheng - 變 / 变 / bian: A multi-channel animation that surveys the morphology of Chinese characters.

Maria Dimanshtein - Leaving the Universe: A series of portable installation pieces consisting of images, sculptural elements and writings, exploring what it means to be human.

Nivedita ShivRaj - Thirukural - Timeless Wisdom: Music presentation of ancient Tamil treatise on code of ethics for life.

Renzo Ortega - El Viaje (The Journey): Creation of 15 oil paintings as a symbolic celebration of the 15 years of living in New York.

Ryan Black - Duke Ellington, Live at the Aquacade: A book-length poem sequence that explores the class and racial politics of Queens.

Salvador Espinoza - Q100: A photographic series of the Q100 bus line passengers, intending to give a face to the loved ones of Rikers Island prisoners.

Samuel Lee - South East Queens Story Share Web Series: Documenting family and folklore and traditions conceived against a backdrop of slavery and segregation.

Sara Cooper - Elevator Heart: A new all-female ensemble musical theatre piece exploring the female perspective and voice.

Sarah Frazier - Silent Witness: A collection of twenty paintings paying tribute to the imagined last sights of Tyrone Love.

Stephanie Davis – Transmutations: An evolutionary exploration recounting significant moments of Jamaica history and development through poetry.

Yuki Thomas – Vision: A contemporary dance work performed by Azul Dance Theatre.

 

Community Arts Grant
Funded by New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization, Community Arts Program

American Bolero Dance Company - Two Flamenco and Spanish Classical dance and music concerts.

Astoria Big Band – A Jazz concert by women composers.

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society, Inc. – Along the Yangtze River: Two concerts and workshops about the art forms along the Yangtze River, China.

Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts Inc. – Bandhan Festival of Cultures: Live performances celebrating diversity of Asian Americans in NY.

Beach Sessions Dance Series fiscally sponsored by Rockaway Artist Alliance – Performances of site-responsive work by emerging dance and visual artists in Rockaway Beach.

Chhaya CDC – Chatpati Mela: An annual street festival that celebrates NYC’s South Asian communities through cultural performances.

Cultural Caravan Productions, Inc. - Cultural Caravan TV: A celebration of the African American experience through the arts, culture, and cultural history.

Cultural Collaborative Jamaica, Inc. – Arts in the Parks: A 6 week summer series for children and Holidays on the Avenue: a holiday celebration in Jamaica.

Downtown Flushing Transit Hub DMA Inc. - A summer bi-weekly music performance series in Downtown Flushing presenting local talent.

Drama Club – A 6-month project devising and rehearsing a theater piece with the girls incarcerated at Rikers jail with a final performance.

Drumsongs Productions, Inc. - A series of 25 workshops in the craft of traditional African drum carving. 

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. - A series of interactive performances to raise community awareness & reduce stigma related to mental illness.

Greater Ridgewood Youth Council - A visual arts program for high school girls and boys providing expressive skills working with local artists.

Heng-Gil Han fiscally sponsored by Jamaica Center Business Improvement District - Jamaica Flux: Workspaces & Windows 2016:  A public art project commissioning artists to create site-specific works in Jamaica.

Jackson Heights Orchestra fiscally sponsored by Jackson Heights Beautification Group – Three Jackson Heights Orchestra Concerts

Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts, Inc. - Home-Full: A poetry and visual art project that inspires artists to respond to prompt of home.

LIC Arts Open fiscally sponsored by Local Project - An arts festival showcasing artists who live and/or work in Queens.

Long Island City Ballet - Laura Ward/Octavia Cup Dance Theatre Project: Dance classes and performances of new work with both children and professional dancers.

Mare Nostrum Elements Inc. - Emerging Choreographers Series:  Seven-week mentoring and space grant program for 7 emerging choreographers.

Multicultural Sonic Evolution - Sounds of Arts Festival 2016: A weeklong festival of 5 different programs that include music, theatre, and visual arts collaborations.

National Alliance of Native Americans Longhouse, Inc. – Beyond The Pow Wow: A Series of Native American cultural presentations.

New Music Horizons fiscally sponsored by Art House Astoria - 2 jazz concerts to be performed at Art House Astoria.

Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. - LBGT Queens Book Night 2016: A reading and discussion celebrating the books published by Queens LGBT authors.

Nodutdol for Korean Community Development - Inter-generational Stories to Break the Silence: A multimedia history-based project with performances between seniors and artists.

Onipa- Abusia, Inc. - Music, Songs & Dances of South Africa: A presentation of the legacy of Nana Yao Opare Dinizul's dance called the Zulu Suite.

Ophelia Theatre Group fiscally sponsored by The Variety Boys and Girls Club in Queens - Four plays themed around the season.

Percussia - International Express: A concert featuring 3 original musical works, including 2 by composers based in Queens.

Queens World Film Initiative, Inc. - 6th annual Queens World Film Festival, featuring over 80 screenings.

Random Access Music -5th Annual Queens New Music Festival: An annual music festival presenting soloists and ensembles.

Rego Park Green Alliance Studio -Queens Art Intervention: A mobile artistic interventions created by 20-30 artists in 13 Queens communities.

Senior Theater Acting Repertory - Seniors bringing drama, comedy and song to senior centers and libraries for those who would not otherwise experience live theatrical performances.

Smallwater fiscally sponsored by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance - Kid Power: Stories through Film: A six-week film workshop to engage and empower Rockaway youth.

Sunnyside Community Concert Series fiscally sponsored by All Saints' Episcopal Church - Free community-organized, monthly concerts.

Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District – Kids Arts Fair: A public street festival featuring free performances and hands-on arts projects for kids.

The Astoria Choir, Inc. – Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem choral performance in May.

The Hindu Temple Society of North America – 2 Festival Celebrations-Holi: Multi-ethnic festival of music and dance celebrating spring and Diwali: festival celebrating a traditional Hindu holiday.

Queens Borough Public Library - Free monthly dramatic readings of Shakespeare's plays at different branches of the Queens Library.

 

Community Engagement Commissioning
Funded by New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization, Community Arts Program


Jocelyn M.  Goode – Hip-Hop Legacy of Queens: Mural series exploring Hip-Hop pioneers from Queens.

Judith Sloan - 1001 Voices: A Symphony for a New America: A symphonic/operatic piece focusing on displacement and gentrification.