Last month we took Jamaica's Creative Conversations meeting from the SUNY Queens Educational Opportunity Center to Community Board 12's last meeting before its summer break. Community Board 12 covers Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, South Ozone Park, and Springfield Gardens. The meetings are hosted every third Wednesday of each month at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans. 

 Molaundo, Sherese Francis, and Samantha Inniss at Community Board 12's monthly meeting

Molaundo, Sherese Francis, and Samantha Inniss at Community Board 12's monthly meeting

 Claudette Morgan and Susan Varo

Claudette Morgan and Susan Varo

Many attendees of Jamaica's Creative Conversations are members of the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA), most of whom had never attended a community board meeting. We decided to use this as an opportunity to get everyone acquainted with how these meetings work. We also wanted to gauge if this would be a good place to introduce SEQAA to the community and its leaders in a more efficient way, considering the room would be full of long-term residents, stakeholders, and political representatives. 

In this meeting issues discussed included the new citywide composting initiative as well as the use and proliferation of hotels in the community. It was a very eye-opening experience and made clear how a community board's perception of a project can negatively or positively impact new initiatives in the community. We plan on attending again this fall and, at some point, making a formal introduction of SEQAA to the Community Board.

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Join us at the next Creative Conversations in Jamaica on Wednesday, July 25, 6-8pm, at the SUNY Queens EOC.

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