The GRYC is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on education, counseling, truancy prevention, job preparation and employment opportunities. The GRYC currently serves over 6,000 children and families annually and are always excited to welcome new members to our family.

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

"Artists as Entrepreneurs" is a program for 14 and 15 year olds that cultivate an understanding of the relationship between creativity and community building.

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

Through this program, teens in and around Ridgewood, Queens are able to observe their world with fresh eyes and respond in a variety of media. Students tour local businesses and cultural centers and document their visit with writing or drawings. They work together in an art room, developing their own style and ability to critique each other's work. They participate in local artisan markets, meeting with and learning from craftspeople of many disciplines. 

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

Funds from the QCA grant are allowing for extended studio visits to local artists' workspaces, giving students the opportunity to learn how professional artists build their world. 

4. Here is your chance, what do you want everyone to know about you as an artist and your process?

The program allows for disparate members of the same neighborhood to come together and engage in a new way, creating connections through complex experiences. This group of young people is one of three groups that make up the service-learning program at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, a community-based organization that serves nearly 6,000 local residents yearly, and aims to help children and adults find new avenues of learning. The overall service learning at GRYC is part of the "Work, Learn, Grow" program funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development. A culminating event and exhibition of the first phase of work from all three groups will take place at Outpost Artists Resources on April 15th from 6-8pm.