Every month we host Creative Conversations in three neighborhoods (so far) including Jamaica, Elmhurst, and Far Rockaway. At the most recent Creative Conversations in Elmhurst we were joined by this year’s ArtSite grant award winners. Marissa Lazar, ArtSite and Public Art Coordinator, coordinated the ArtSite artists’ attendance at Creative Conversations and she shared her inspiration for bringing them together at Creative Conversations.

 L-R: Jimmy Ferguson, Jose Carlos Casado, Marissa Lazar, Chemin Hsiao, Annabelle Popa, and Yvonne Shortt

L-R: Jimmy Ferguson, Jose Carlos Casado, Marissa Lazar, Chemin Hsiao, Annabelle Popa, and Yvonne Shortt

Why did you choose to have the new ArtSite artists attend Creative Conversations Elmhurst?

It is important for the ArtSite artists to meet the creative community and the community at large in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights as this is where their artwork will be presented. We want there to be a dialogue between the community and the art and for passers-by to be able to know who created the work and their inspirations for it.

What was it like to have most of the ArtSite artists together for the first time at Creative Conversations Elmhurst?

Having the ArtSite artists together for the first time was wonderful! It was great to hear each artist speak to their practice at large and their ArtSite project while having the others ask questions, provide feedback and advise to each other. I think it made them feel more connected and realize that they are not alone in this project and reaffirm that they are a part of something bigger than themselves.

 ArtSite artist Yvonne Shortt shares her work

ArtSite artist Yvonne Shortt shares her work

 ArtSite artist Chemin Hsiao shares his work

ArtSite artist Chemin Hsiao shares his work

 ArtSite artists l-r Jimmy Ferguson, Yvonne Shortt, and Jose Carlos Casado

ArtSite artists l-r Jimmy Ferguson, Yvonne Shortt, and Jose Carlos Casado

 ArtSite artist Jose Carlos Casado shares his work

ArtSite artist Jose Carlos Casado shares his work

How do you hope that the new ArtSite projects will impact the communities that they serve?

One of the goals of ArtSite is to further relationships between artists and the community as well as connecting more artists to each other. These projects will temporarily alter people's every day spaces in ways that should inspire dialogue while also beautifying certain spaces. Hopefully the community can find points of connections to the work!

The ArtSite artists will also join us at Creative Conversations in Jamaica on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at the SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center in Jamaica, Queens.

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