On March 10, 2017, 6:30-9:00pm, QCA hosts "Celebrating Queens Women Artists"- a tribute to Queens-based women and emerging artists in public service, business, technology, and community development programs. The event is curated and hosted by Joan Becht Willette aka "The Enchanted Goddess," a writer/educator and the creatrix of "The Enchanted Goddess: Literary Creative Arts Series." "Celebrating Queens Women Artists" will feature a dynamic multi-genre arts performance with 12 female artists featuring dance, poetry, music & film performances, a visual art exhibition, an author table, a book signing, and a free raffle. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask performing artists about their creative process.
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer - Executive Director of Queens Council of the Arts and an author/illustrator
Audrey Dimola - Director of Public Programs at Socrates Sculpture Park and a poet/artist/performer
Luchia Dragosh - Woman2Woman TV producer/videographer and a Video Confidence and Visibility Coach
Yvonne Shortt - Executive Director of RPGA Studio and a social practice artist
Friday, March 10, 6:30-9:00pm
Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101
QCA Members: Free
Writers: Joan Becht Willette, Audrey Dimola, Jennifer Harmon, Lucy Torres | Musicians:
Jeanne Marie Boes, May Madarang and the Mother Tongue Band | Visual Artists: Maria Cora Fernandez, Sikeea Graham, Tania Jeudy, Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Sanyukta Malla | Videographer: Empyre Media Productions
Joan Becht Willette aka The Enchanted Goddess is a Queens writer, educator, curator/host and the creator of “The Enchanted Goddess: Literary Creative Arts Community,” which hosts “The Enchanted Goddess Writing Workshops”, The Enchanted Goddess Reading Series, Revue Performance Series and the debut of The Enchanted Goddess Creative Arts Collective.” Some of her work has been published by the Newtown Literary Journal (2014), Siren magazine (2015), Silver Birch Press (2015) and "These Winter Months" anthology (2016). Joan has been featured in The NYC Poetry Festival, the International Women’s Salon, Inspired Word’s Queens Lit Fest. Joan has also been featured on NY1, on QPTV’s telecast “The World of Art”, Empyre Media Production’s webcast show “The ArtistSpace" and in an upcoming article in the Huffington Post and Queens Ledger newspaper. Joan is currently writing her first book, “The Enchanted Goddess of Queens” a series of prose and poetry. Visit her website at: www.joanbechtwillette.com
Sanyukta Malla is a photographer, who is inspired by Annie Leibovitz and her brother in law. She has a good eye taking portraits of newborns and at modeling and music video events. Took photographs at NAM: National Miss New Jersey 2014 event. Website:
Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts. As a lifelong Queens resident, she is a firm believer in the power of the arts to mobilize and transform community. She is the author and illustrator of Rabbit Mooncakes, a multicultural picture book for children published by Little, Brown & Company and writes about how to create a rich life at hoongyee.com. She has served on many boards and panels including The Writers Room, Tony Bennett’s Exploring the Arts Foundation, the Americans for the Arts Executive Leadership Forum, and the Mayor’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, attended the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and received a Masters of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Hoong Yee is married to a nice Jewish boy from Rockaway, Queens where you can find her catching waves.
Jeanne Marie Boes is a Queens, NY native, a singer, songwriter, musician - full of love, happiness and heartache. She has performed live at WNYC Radio Studios, Rockwood Music Hall, The Metropolitan Room, The Studio at Webster Hall and more. Currently, she is writing and recording new material for an upcoming, untitled project due to be released later this year. For all upcoming shows and appearances, please visit her website: www.jeanneboes.com.
Luchia Dragosh is an Award Winning producer, host, editor, and videographer with more than 20 years experience in the entertainment industry. As a Video Confidence and Visibility Coach, she helps success-driven, female entrepreneurs who are ready to transform their businesses and lives videos but struggle with the technical knowledge and confidence. Luchia Dragosh works with entrepreneurs to push through their fears, become confident, and step into the spotlight so they can become irresistible to millions online.
Luchia started as a professional dancer in her native Bulgaria and in the year 2000 she moved to New York City. Since then she has written, directed, and produced various projects including feature and short films, music videos, theater plays, and TV shows. Some of her past projects include: "The Child Within," an international feature drama telling the story of three human trafficking victims; the short films "The Foreigner," "Peek-a-Book," and more. In her work as a Producer for QPTV the past five years, she has developed, produced, edited, and hosted TV shows. Several received high recognitions and awards: "Power Women of Queens with Host Luchia Dragosh," "Around Queens with Host Luchia Dragosh," "Power Youth of Queens," "The STEAM Girls," and "Culture Express."
Recently, Luchia created an online TV platform, Woman2WomanTV, to help women start and produce their own talk shows so they can share their message with the world. Her mission is to help women tell their stories using the power of video and inspire young women to enter media professions and flip the numbers in traditionally male-dominated fields. You can find out more about Luchia Dragosh at www.luchiadragosh.com and watch some of her programs at www.woman2womantv.com and www.qptv.org
May Madarang is a violinist, pinay "treble-maker", community organizer, and cultural worker. She’s a member of GABRIELA NY, a Filipina organization advocating for the rights and welfare of women and children, a member of the band Mother Tongue, and also organizes in the faith-based community. Her passion lies in combining both art and activism to educate, organize, and mobilize communities for change.
Through her cultural work, May has performed at the People's General Assembly, Women's Environment and Development Organization, BAYAN-USA’s 5th Congress at Catholic University, and locally at the collectively directed community art space, Silent Barn. Her upcoming projects include: presenting at the Animamus Art Salon on Feb 12th, commemorating One Billion Rising, and participating in IWWD 2017 with the International Working Women's Day Coalition on March 11. Website: www.gabrielanewyork.org
Maria Cora Fernandez is an Independent TV Director /Producer and Owner of Empyre Productions. She directs and produce shows, and cablecasts on Queens Public Television (QPTV) in Flushing, Queens. As a Filmmaker, she founded "ArtistSpace," a short docu web series that highlights emerging artists in Queens, providing them platform to share their story as artists, and showcase their creative works.
Maria is also a Visual Artist. She is a member of the Society of Pilipino American Artists (SPAA) in New York. She is one of the participating artists in a group Art Exhibit held recently at the Philippine Center in Manhattan, New York. As an artist, she believes in a saying by Danny Kaye that, "Life is a great canvas. Throw all the paint you can on it." To learn more of Marias' works, visit www.empyreproductions.com
Tania Jeudy-Doykin(Filmmaker/Producer) the founder of Genix Productions. She is a producer for the Filipino-American news magazine, “I Am Pinoy, Proud Ako”. She has also worked in conjunction with Empyre Productions on the docu-series, “Artist Space”. Recently, Tania serve as a judge for the, movies4movies Film Festival in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Yvonne Shortt is a social practice artist that uses art +design + education + technology to address community issues. Yvonne's Past Projects are: Reimagining the Pavilion, 63rd Drive Collaborative Mural,Queens Art Intervention, Pedestrian Penguin and Outdoor Ashtrays. Projects she is promoting are: Women Who Build-Artists Who Own: A new work about empowering women by giving us the tools we need to grow, the networks we need to succeed, and the confidence we need to persevere. The piece involves working collaboratively on all the steps necessary to build a tiny house then taking it around NYC to discuss equality in pay and work/home space.
Alderton House is a new work where artist Yvonne Shortt uses her home to promote connectedness in the community. This work involves creating a framework for kids to grow flowers in the gardens of seniors with seniors, discussions and dialogue on Tea Tuesdays, and public art creation on Sculpture Saturdays. Website: RPGAstudio.org
Sikeea Graham currently follows her passion for photography as an employee at a small nonprofit, where she photographs portraits, events, and stock photos for the company’s social media and printed promotional material. She firmly believes that food is life, and maintains a blog, hangryland.com, where she describes her experiences with and love of food
Audrey Dimola is a poet, performer, curator, connector, and lifelong artist celebrated for her dynamic presence on stage and on the page. She is also Director of Public Programs at her beloved Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. Audrey is the author of two poetry & prose collections, and has been widely recognized for presenting a unique circuit of events and creative opportunities marked by a wondrous spirit of empowerment and exploration.
She has been featured on NY1 TV and Queens Public TV, has curated shows for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, the Historic House Trust, and Queens Museum, and performed at venues around NYC including Queens Council on the Arts, Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn Museum, and the NYC Poetry Festival. She can usually be found: writing on everything, riding her bike, climbing trees, pushing the edges of reality… And of course, stoking the flames. audreydimola.com
Jennifer Harmon is a poet born and raised in New Mexico, currently residing in Astoria, Queens. Inspired by her late mother Patty, Jennifer's goal is to share their story with the world. Her work is influenced by personal relationships and the atmosphere of the Southwest desert and the East Coast. In 2016, she released her first book, Celebrating Sound, a compilation of her mother's poetry and essays and her own writings. She loves hanging out with her husband and three cats - Jupiter, Yoda, and Zach. Visit her website at jenniferharmonpoetry.com.
Lucy Torres is a writer, poet, artist and activist based in NYC. She is a 2013 LaGuardia Performing Arts Center LAB Grantee and has showcased her mixed-media artwork at Local Project. Lucy has featured at the Inspired Word Series, Queens Literary Festival and Celebrating Queens Women Artists performance. Lucy is currently working on an experimental art piece due to debut in spring 2017. Website: lucytorres.co