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ACP in the Garden

Telling untold stories: A preview of the 2019 Artist Commissioning Program season

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355

Queens Council on the Arts is proud to showcase a preview of its second Artist Commissioning Program season. Held in partnership with Queens Botanical Garden, this event will provide a sneak peek of the awardees’ upcoming World Premieres in Queens.

Following a networking session on Queens Botanical Garden’s beautiful terrace, the artists will share presentations and performances representative of their commissioned projects, which were selected for their capacity to tell untold stories in American culture.

Read more about the awardees and their projects below!

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Claire Marie Lim
ACP Awardee in Music Composition
Project: Colors of Us

Y? Guyadin
ACP Awardee in Playwriting
Project: Shooter

Colors of Us is an album of new music created with female-identifying youth of Asian descent in Queens. Inspired by the emotions and experiences of young Asian and Asian-American people with ties to the Queens borough, Colors of Us sheds light on the unique realities that they live in as individuals between multiple cultures.

Shooter examines the roles of victim and perpetrator through the lens of gun violence by asking, “Who is the victim, the shooter or the shot?” In the culminating autobiographical performance, Y? tells the personal and heart-wrenching narrative of how guns impacted a young man growing up in Jamaica, Queens.

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Kerri Edge
ACP Awardee in Choreography
Project: Reform

Guanglei Hui
ACP Awardee in Choreography
Project: The Silent Voices

Reform is a timely and compelling new visual and performing arts theater production. The 60-minute work meshes insightful storytelling that traces the plight of a handful of African American males within the criminal justice system throughout the United States with urban political music, tap dance, poetry and provocative film footage. The stories which span over 20 years to present of incarceration with the penal system, are recaptured in several poignant scenes that fuse emotionally gripping monologues with inspired dance and spirited musical accents.  

The Silent Voices uses the metaphor of a silent scream to characterize the experience of new immigrants in America who face overwhelming and seemingly insurmountable obstacles: problems with language, cultural misunderstandings, uncertain legal status, to name a few. These issues have left the newly arrived immigrant in a position of vulnerability with meager ability to produce an audible sound and be heard. This new choreographic work will draw attention to the experience of the Chinese as well as other immigrants belonging to the Flushing community.

These four Artist Commissioning Program Awardees were selected by local community members, or art producers, affiliated with two neighborhoods in Queens: Jamaica and Flushing. These individuals are leaders in their community committed to building out the next generation of arts patronage in Queens.

Flushing Art Producers

  • Ran Yan

  • Aryana Anderson

  • Dylan House

  • Michelle Gavora

  • Sharon Chin

  • Landon Knoblock

  • Jaime-Faye Bean

Jamaica Art Producers

  • Tyra Emerson

  • Jesus Ward

  • Brittany Wilson

  • Darrell Bridges

  • Linette Townsley

  • LaNeese Ray

  • Yolanda Johnson

To read more about this year’s art producers, click here.

This event is free and open to the public upon registration.

about the artist commissioning program

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Designed to democratize the traditional commissioning process, the Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) enables local community members, or “Art Producers” to award Queens choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 towards the creation of new, original work that fills gaps in American culture by telling an untold story.

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) is made possible by generous funding from the Scherman Foundation as well as supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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