Mission to ditmars’ mission is to provide Queens-based artists with a local outlet for their creative endeavors, as well as to serve the residents of the borough by providing free or low-cost theatrical and artistic events. 

1. Can you tell us about your QAF funded project?

The Propulsion Lab is a bi-­weekly writers group made up of Queens-based playwrights. We offer play development and support through feedback and public readings. Our next reading will be April 25th and our year-end event will be on June 20th. We typically host 3 full-length play readings (Launch Pad Reading Series) and one year-end excerpt night (All Systems Go) where each of the writers that make up the Propulsion Lab present an excerpt from the brand new plays they completed in the Lab this season. All Systems Go is typically our most well attended event, and last year involved more than 20 theater artists, the majority of which were Queens based. 

2. How do you think this project will impact the community?

We believe strongly in developing a network of artists in Queens through cultivating local talent, and by fostering collaborations and relationships through developmental labs, classes, and social events. We believe that Queens will be a premier destination for the arts in New York City, and we hope to highlight the rich community of diverse, talented, and underrepresented voices in the borough.

3. How has QCA been helpful in the grant process?

QCA not only provided grants classes through out the year, but also Webinars on how to apply, write and win your grant. QCA members are also always reachable by email or phone when you have questions. There is no doubt their #1 goal is to help you get the grant.

4. Here is your chance, what do you want everyone to know about your organization?

We are four people who live in Queens and love Queens. We want to champion our borough and show the rest of New York City that the people of Queens have a rich, diverse and insanely creative voice that needs to be heard.