On Friday, March 23rd, we hosted "Celebrating Queens Women Artists," a LAB performance. It is important to celebrate Queens women artists because it gives a platform and a voice for women's creativity to transform their lives and inspire their communities. Joan Wilette, founder of the Enchanted Goddess Collective, and her passionate contemporaries shared music, dance, short story, and poetry, and touched on a wide range of topics.
"Women are natural born creators and need to be seen, heard and celebrated for all their creative gifts!", Joan exclaims. "The difference that I want to make as an Artist is to inspire women to utilize their creativity as a catalyst, to effect broad changes in their community with social issues, legislation, equal rights and in education."
Joan Wilette: "QCA has been a "beacon of light" in supporting my artistic practice and with "The Enchanted Goddess Creative Arts Collective" the past few years! I was welcomed with open arms almost five years ago - fresh from a long career as a public school teacher. The Director Hoong Yee Krakauer mentored me and opened my eyes to the gifts of QCA. She gave me artistic support and collaboration for my mission of creating creative arts groups and celebratory performances for Queens Women Artists. The QCA workshops are amazing - giving me the skill sets to hone my personal artistic practice, create successful art groups and performances, project planning and Grant Writing skills. The support/teaching staff at QCA are amazing - Lynne Lobell, Molaundo Jones and Daniel Bamba have guided my creative journey and cheered me on! I have just received my first SU-CASA Artist Residency Grant - thanks to the stellar support at Queens Council on the Arts!"