ARTIST COMMISSIONING PROGRAM

Democratizing art commissioning; telling untold stories reflective of Queens neighborhoods

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This innovative program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few. Two things make ACP distinct from a typical arts award: 1) its aim to fill gaps in American culture by telling an untold story relevant to two neighborhoods in Queens (for the third year of the program, these two neighborhoods of focus are Flushing and Maspeth/Ridgewood), as well as 2) pair artists with a cohort of "art commissioners". Art Commissioners select the artists in a panel and serve as an advisory support structure for the awardees in this community-based cohort. 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 producers mingling at a monthly ACP event

Artists & art producers 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 may include any Queens-based or affiliated (work, origins, etc) community member and art appreciator passionate about supporting art making and untold stories relevant to Queens neighborhoods. As an Art Commissioner, you will engage with the artists during the creative process from start to finish, from selecting the program’s artists to providing support through their projects’ world premieres.

Artists may include playwrights, choreographers, and composers. If selected, ACP Artists will receive a $10,000 commission to create a play, choreography, or musical score. The ACP supports projects that add to the canon of American art by telling an untold story of underrepresented person(s). The new work should be relevant to the communities of either Flushing or Maspeth/Ridgewood.


information sessions (required)

More Dates TBA

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


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)