ARTIST COMMISSIONING PROGRAM

Democratizing art commissioning; telling untold stories reflective of Queens neighborhoods

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few. The program enables local community members, or “Art Commissioners,” to fill gaps in American culture by awarding $10,000 commissions to four choreographers, playwrights, and composers. The ACP actively supports new works that tell untold stories highlighting underrepresented protagonists.

Every year, the ACP focuses on two Queens neighborhoods: the 2019-2020 cycle will focus on the neighborhoods of Maspeth/Ridgewood and Flushing. By commissioning artists to materialize works resonate with these communities, the ACP aims to fill gaps in American culture by actively adding to the art historical canon. The ACP aims to create a more democratic cultural sector that is more inclusive of the diverse narratives, cultural backgrounds, and values associated with our borough and nation.

Throughout the year-long program, Artists and Art Commissioners participate in Monthly Convenings that include project updates, professional development programs on commissioning art, and other collaborative arts events.

Read more about each role below!

2019-20 ACP Applications are now open

Art Commissioners: Apply by October 17
Artists: Apply by November 14

Please visit the pages below for more information and to apply online.


Artists & Art Commissioners mingling at a monthly ACP event

Artists & Art Commissioners mingling at a monthly ACP event

ACP Awardee in Choreography '17-18 Chuan Xie performing at her World Premiere

ACP Awardee in Choreography '17-18 Chuan Xie performing at her World Premiere

Art Commissioners are art lovers & community members who award $10,000 to choreographers, composers, and playwrights to tell an untold story highlighting underrepresented protagonists. They evaluate and select the projects, serve in advisory capacity for the selected artists, and participate in monthly art convenings. Candidates must demonstrate a connection to the communities of either Flushing or Maspeth/Ridgewood.

Choreographers, composers, and playwrights receive a $10,000 commission to create a new work. Projects should tell an untold story highlighting underrepresented protagonists, as well as demonstrate a connection to the communities of either Flushing or Maspeth/Queens. ACP artists produce a World Premiere of their project, and work with an advisory cohort of local Art Commissioners.


information sessions (required)

All prospective ACP Art Commissioners and Artists must attend an information session before submitting an application. Applicants may RSVP for an upcoming information session below. More dates will be posted soon.

TUESDAY, october 1, 2019, 6 - 8pm
queens library at flushing
41-17 Main St
Flushing, NY 11355

Thursday, october 10, 2019, 6 - 8pm
Outpost Artists Resources
1665 Norman St
Ridgewood, NY 11385

Monday, October 7, 2019, 6 - 8pm
Lewis Latimer House Museum
34-41 137th St
Flushing, NY 11354

Tuesday, october 15, 2019, 6 - 8pm
Knockdown center
52-19 Flushing Ave
Maspeth, NY 11378, USA


Upcoming World Premieres

We’re thrilled to announce the 2018-19 season of our Artist Commissioning Program World Premieres! All events are free and open to the public upon reservation. Please see each project’s event page for more information and to RSVP.

September 15

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ACP Awardee in Playwriting Y? Guyadin tells the autobiographical and heart-wrenching story of how guns impacted a young man growing up in Jamaica, Queens.

september 20

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ACP Awardee in Music Claire Marie Lim presents music created with young women of Asian descent, shedding light on the realities they face as individuals between multiple cultures.

october 20

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Directed by Awardee in Choreography Kerri Edge, REFORM LIVE traces the plight of a handful of African American males within the criminal justice system.

The latest work by ACP Awardee in Choreography Guanglei Hui, this piece depicts the true lives of Chinese immigrants through body language.


ACP ADVISORY COMMITTEE

DAVID JOHNSTON—EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, EXPLORING THE METROPOLIS (ETM)

ED HARSH—PRESIDENT AND CEO, NEW MUSIC USA

GINNY LOULOUDES—EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALLIANCE OF RESIDENCY THEATRES/NEW YORK 

LANE HARWELL—EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DANCE/NYC

STEVEN HITT—MANAGING DIRECTOR, LAGAURDIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (LPAC)