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

The Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts, Inc. (KGCRA) is so pleased to receive a 2016 QCA Community Arts Grant to fund our project entitled "HomeFull."

The "HomeFull" project in a nutshell: 

5 Queens poets will be commissioned to write a new poem, 14 lines (not necessary to write in sonnet form) responding to the prompt HOME: A place we yearn for, return to and sometimes run from. After the poems are complete and received, Queens artists of different ethnicities (reflecting the demographics of Queens) will be asked to choose one of the 5 poems and then to create a piece of artwork in any medium reflecting their reaction to that poem. KGCRA will be looking to have 5 different artists respond to each poem and at the end of the project we will have 5 poems and 25 pieces of artwork. One of the poets will be a teenager and several of the participating artists will also be teens. The Opening Reception for "HomeFull” will include a poetry reading and music and is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th, 6-8:30pm at Austin's Ale House (82-72 Austin Street, Kew Gardens). "HomeFull" will be on view from September 21-October 31, 2016.

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

As always, KGCRA believes that through community art projects amazing things happen!!! 

"HomeFull" will celebrate the talents of Queens poets and artists! Bringing Queens residents of all ages and ethnicities together through the arts, we expect that dialogues about HOME will take place naturally and are hope-full that the sharing of personal introspection, perspective and experience will increase respect and understanding.  The project will give participating artists opportunities to network with each other as well as the young artists currently moving into Kew Gardens, their "new home." We are hoping that these new young artists will collaborate and bring art projects with a unique perspective to our area.

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

Helpful? Absolutely! 100% Yes! KGCRA appreciates that QCA encouraged us to apply for a Community Arts Grant, answered our multiple questions, before, during and after the application process AND we appreciate their kind patience and good advice. 

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

The mission of the Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts, Inc. is to serve the community through projects and efforts that enhance the viability and livability of Kew Gardens. This volunteer organization has been active for 40 years and has been responsible for many important improvements in the Kew Gardens area. Key community collaborations include more frequent LIRR service, developing an accessibility plan for East and Westbound sides of LIRR station, establishing an annex for local school PS99 and production of a book about Kew Gardens Kew Gardens: Urban Village in the Big City written by author Barry Lewis. The Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts, Inc. has always focused on arts and recreation for residents of all ages throughout its history beginning with chamber music concerts in the 1970s. The most recent art projects include: The Guardian Gargoyle for Peace (a 6 foot sculpture made of fiber glass and covered with mosaic symbols of peace created by PS99 children/families permanently installed at Maple Grove Cemetery), Kew Gardens Kids Art in the Park, Kew Gardens Community Arts Day, the Kew Gardens Cinemas Park Mural, the 2014 Department of Transportation mural on 82 Avenue and the upcoming Department of Transportation mural on 80th Road to be painted Spring 2016. KGCRA continues to be a relevant creative force in Kew Gardens that reflects and builds on a changing community that appreciates the arts.