On Wednesday, May 31, our Jamaica-based Creative Conversations was joined by Juvenal Reis, founder of Reis Studios and QCA Boardmember. Reis shared his experiences starting Reis studios and the pros and cons of creating artist work space in New York City. He also offered practical knowledge and strategies that artists can use to work together to accomplish their goals. Participants included visual artists, musicians, jewelry makers, and writers, many of whom are members of the newly-founded Southeast Queens Artist Alliance.
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On Wednesday, April 26, Creative Conversations in Jamaica, Queens, was joined by Sante Antonelli, Director of Business Services at the Queens Economic Development Center and founding director of the Made in Queens (MiQ) initiative. Antonelli shared his experiences creating a storefront business for Queens-based artisans using a coop business model. Many of the participating artists have been QCA Artist Peer Circle participants and have recently founded the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance (SEQAA). SEQAA's mission is to organize Jamaica-based artists in an effort to create a new studio work space for artists in the community.