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ArtHotel – A Unique Community-Based Residency

"Astoria Park" by A. King McCarty

"Astoria Park" by A. King McCarty

Mirror Painting by Kamille Ejerta (OGMillie)

Mirror Painting by Kamille Ejerta (OGMillie)

With two new artists taking part in the 2018 ArtHotel Residency, QCA invites the Queens community to visit their open studios.

At QCA, we are so lucky to work in such a diverse borough where so many disciplines are represented, but regardless if they’re a visual artist, a dancer, a filmmaker, a musician, or do any other type of practice, one of the biggest challenges facing them is for suitable (not to mention affordable!) studio space to rehearse and create work, as well as spaces to present. Oftentimes it forces artists to be a bit more adventurous and creative to find a place to produce work.

That’s is why our ArtHotel Residencies are such an exciting opportunity, one at the Paper Factory Hotel in Long Island City and one at the Springhill Suites LaGuardia in Corona.

Kamille Ejerta (OGMillie)

Kamille Ejerta (OGMillie)

By having artists work in a non-traditional art space – a Queens hotel – the residency not only gives them plenty of appropriate space to create, it also gives them the opportunity to focus on their work in the public realm and build relationships with new audiences throughout the borough.

We hope these residencies can give access to the public to view a working artist’s creative process, and hopefully raise interest and increase dialogue in how cultural life can grow in Queens.

For this year’s residency, we are proud to invite two artists: Kamille Ejerta (artists name OGMillie), a self described “visually impaired Street Pop Artist with a vintage flair,” and A. King McCarty, a multidisciplinary artist that looks to use her work to tell stories about herself and her community.

When we asked them both about their projects, both Kamille and A. King highlighted the inspiration they’ve taken from Queens, and how much they look forward to working in a public space that invites Queens residents and hotel guests alike to experience the art-making process in person. They mentioned how important being in the Queens community was in order to learn and gain insights for their projects.

A. King McCarty

A. King McCarty

Kamille’s project at the Paper Factory Hotel will be large-scale paintings on vintage mirrors, beginning with the Queens Unisphere and then 4 works depicting different cultural icons.

A. King will use her residency at the Springhill Suites to grow her project “Splendid Astoria,” where she combines colored pencil and pen sketches with short essays to illustrate daily life and her relationship with her neighborhood. By expanding the project to “Splendid Queens,” she hopes to speak with visiting community members and inspire them to explore their borough and perhaps even create art based on their neighborhoods themselves.

The artists will have open studios throughout the run of their residencies, and we hope you will come through, view their works in process, and talk to A King and Kamille, and be part of the Queens story they’re hoping to tell. Take a look on our calendar for upcoming open studio dates, and we'll also post more open studios throughout the residency.

To see more upcoming open studio dates, QCA Event Calendar click here

For more information about the 2018 ArtHotel Residencies, click here

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QAF 2017: "How We Learn"

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QAF 2017: "How We Learn"

On Friday, October 20, 2017, at the Astoria Bookshop, four Queens writers presented a literary event entitled "How We Learn." The reading highlighted the forces of culture, immigration, and childhood that shaped their identities and their relationships with the world. The writers included QAF Award winners Catherine Kapphahn, Malcolm Chang (a QCA Artist Peer Circle alumnus), Nita Noveno, and Rene Vasicek, The event was moderated by Tim Fredrick, founding editor of the Newtown Literary Journal and QCA Artist Peer Circle alumnus, and was followed by a Q&A in which the writers shared their inspirations and creative process.

L-R: Tim Fredrick, Malcolm Chang, Catherine Kapphahn, Nita Noveno, and Rene Vasicek

L-R: Tim Fredrick, Malcolm Chang, Catherine Kapphahn, Nita Noveno, and Rene Vasicek

This reading was made possible in part by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Introducing the 2018 Artist Peer Circle

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Introducing the 2018 Artist Peer Circle

Our Artist Peer Circle (APC) program provides an opportunity for artists to gather, grow, build partnerships, and become leaders in their fields guided by a trained facilitator in 9-month program cycles. Artists and creative professionals meet in small groups monthly developing strong alliances and acting as resources to each other and becoming leaders in their individual field or discipline. The first of the 2018 Artist Peer Circles is comprised of visual and interdisciplinary artists including Erin Treacy (2017 ArtHotel Award winner, former APC artist, and the group's facilitator), Viviane Aquino, Paula Frisch, Fina Yeung, Damali Abrams, and Susan Varo.

(L-R): Viviane Aquino, Paula Frisch, Erin Treacy, Fina Yeung, Damali Abrams, and Susan Varo

(L-R): Viviane Aquino, Paula Frisch, Erin Treacy, Fina Yeung, Damali Abrams, and Susan Varo

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LAB presents "Screenplay Development" with Tracy Sayre

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LAB presents "Screenplay Development" with Tracy Sayre

Our September 20th LAB presentation featured Queens-based writer Tracy Sayre who shared her new screenplay, currently in development, and insight into her creative process. The campy horror script was brought to life by seven actors, most of whom had met for the first time. The audience was filled with diverse artists from across Queens (and other parts of NYC) as well as a significant number of writers who were thoroughly engaged in the reading of the work. Toward the end of the workshop there was a robust, critical conversation about Tracy's work and artists networked and made valuable connections with one another.

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"Gimme Arts Now" Podcast: QCA & Writers

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"Gimme Arts Now" Podcast: QCA & Writers

ArtsNow, an Akron, Ohio-based arts service organization, recently launched its new podcast series "Gimme Arts Now." Host Roger Riddle reached out to QCA to learn what we're doing to support literary artists. QCA Art Service Manager Molaundo Jones spoke with ArtsNow to share many of the great things happening with writers at QCA. Click below to hear the podcast.

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SU-CASA AT ROCHDALE VILLAGE SENIOR CENTER

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SU-CASA AT ROCHDALE VILLAGE SENIOR CENTER

On Wednesday, July 12, SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence David Mills presented the culminating event for his class. His students presented works of poetry at the Rochdale Village Senior Center where the class took place since January. Rochdale Village Senior Center Director Sheree Shivers gave a warm welcome and introduced David and his senior students to the audience. The community was very engaged in the reading which touched on love, life and death, and community issues. Learn more about SU-CASA HERE.

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SU-CASA: HANAC Senior Center

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SU-CASA: HANAC Senior Center

On Tuesday, June 13, SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence Brice Garrett presented the works of his senior students at HANAC Harmony Senior Center in Astoria. Brice worked with the seniors for 6 months, teaching them how to sculpt with different media. The seniors produced about two dozen original works referencing people, nature and some of their favorite activities. The works were sculpted on site at HANAC and fired at Queens College. See more photos from their final presentation HERE.

SU-CASA is a program that pairs professional artists with senior centers across New York City to produce art experiences that enhance the lives of seniors and their communities.

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Creative Conversations with Juvenal Reis

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Creative Conversations with Juvenal Reis

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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Creative Conversations at NYTSC

On Friday, May 26, QCA hosted the second Creative Conversations meeting at the New York Tibetan Service Center (NYTSC) in Elmhurst. We were joined by visual artists, writers, and singers based in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Artists discussed everything from the community's need for more studio and presentation space to the possibility of organizing a group exhibition.

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