Far Rockaway Cultural Performance Arts is a nonprofit organization that uses arts and culture to improve their community and contribute to the professional development of local artists. Founder Emery Jones is a Far Rock native and has served his neighborhood for over 30 years. We sat down with Emery to ask him about his organization’s mission and what it has been like to work with QCA in our efforts to bring more professional development opportunities to artists in Far Rockaway.

What does Far Rockaway Cultural Performance Arts do and who does it serve? 
Far Rockaway Cultural Performance Arts provides the Rockaways a space to create community, especially amongst artists and young people. We offer opportunities for people in the neighborhood to involve themselves in creative activities including animation, graphic design, cinematography, acting, and dance. Our goal is to help cultivate interest in these creative outlets and develop people’s abilities into productive tools that they can use to enhance their lives.

 Emery Jones and Samantha Inniss

Emery Jones and Samantha Inniss

What has it been like to partner with QCA on hosting Creative Conversation? 
We have learned a great deal from this experience. It has been such a pleasure to work with the QCA staff and to become more familiar with QCA’s work in supporting artists and organizations.

What is one highlight that has happened since you started hosting Creative Conversations?
We have learned a lot about how to write a solid grant proposal. Each meeting has brought something new to the table- from watching participants discover new things about themselves to learning strategies for how artists can apply their creative abilities to move their personal goals forward.

What are your long term goals for your work in the community?  
Far Rockaway Cultural Performance Arts will be a consistent and viable part of the community and we will continue our work with the ultimate goal of becoming a University of Far Rockaway with a focus on arts and culture.

 l-r: Jason Heuer, Elaine Short, and Emery Jones

l-r: Jason Heuer, Elaine Short, and Emery Jones

Far Rockaway Cultural Performance Arts is located at 44-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd and you can learn more about the organization at https://www.facebook.com/frcpag/.

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