2019 QUEENS ARTS FUND AWARDEES

ART ACCESS GRANT
FUNDED BY NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, GREATER NEW YORK ARTS DEVELOPMENT FUND

Art F City / PARADE - The Windmuller Project will feature performance artists Jaimie Warren and Matt Roche (a.k.a. Whoop Dee Doo) to collaborate with local youth and community groups to create a live variety show set inside Windmuller and Doughboy Parks in Woodside.

Photo by Arts Indonesia,Inc. 2017

Photo by Arts Indonesia,Inc. 2017

Arts Indonesia, Inc. DBA Gamelan Dharma Swara - The premiere of a commissioned vocal work composed by renowned Balinese artist Gusti Nyoman Darta that involve GDS's 20+ members, additional partner ensembles, and interested members of the Queens community.

B3w Performance Group Fiscally sponsored by The Field - Reframing Forgiveness is a B3W Performance Group community initiative addressing issues of systemic racism and oppression through movement, music and storytelling, creating possibilities for transformation.

Beach Sessions Dance Series Fiscally sponsored by Black & White Project Space - Beach Sessions is a pioneering performance series supporting and presenting site-responsive work by New York-based choreographers in Rockaway Beach, Queens.

Center for the Holographic Arts - The Space:Light Exhibition presents new works by artists that experiment with optical media. The exhibition and screenings will feature artworks developed through HoloCenter residency programs.

Centro Cultural Barco de Papel - Three public art installations in the form of mobile libraries/galleries will be placed in three iconic areas of Queens with the purpose of, through literature and art, bringing people together.

Con Brio Ensemble - The program will consist of duos and trios for violin, soprano, clarinet and piano by Handel, Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Paganini.

Conch Shell Productions Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Hear Her Call is a play festival featuring readings of new one-act plays and solo performance pieces by female Caribbean-American playwrights. 

CreArtBox Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - A music festival in Long Island City that engages a diverse audience in classical music through a modern approach and integration of contemporary dance, theater, immersive sound, light, and projection design.

Cultural Caravan Productions, Inc. - Presentations of of live arts and culture events at varied cultural organizations in Queens including the Queens Public Library and JCAL.

Cultural Collaborative Jamaica, Inc. - Two programs designed to develop cultural audiences and community enrichment for the residents of Southeast Queens.: the Arts in the Parks childrens program and the Cultural Expression through Sound series.

Dhaka Drama Fiscally Sponsored by DRUM: Desis Rising Up & Moving- Presentation of a play based on the classic mythological story of "Shakuntala" that highlights the abuse of women in the South Asian immigrant community as evident by the #metoo movement.

Divya Jyoti Association - Sourcing the participation of over 100 temples, businesses, and community organizations, we host a day of cultural performance, displaying ethnic art and creativity.

Eclipses Group Theater New York - Eclipses will present a modern-day adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s masterful farce The Government Inspector, a play satirizing early nineteenth-century Russian society.

Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corp. - "Age Is Just a #" aims to inspire much-needed dialogue in our community about the need for care, connection and communication across generations -- from youth to elderly. 

HCJ Teen Drama Group Fiscally Sponsored by Church of the Holy Child Jesus - A full scale musical theater production featuring the talents of teens from Queens encompassing: singing, dancing, acting, set design and construction, lighting, sound and stage crew.

Hunters Point Parks Conservancy - The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy will host a live music series from LIC Landing in Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City. The concerts will feature musicians from neighborhoods throughout Queens.

Infopower International Inc. - Introductory Batik Painting exposes participants to direct application batik painting, using dyes and resist materials including wax. 

Jackson Heights Beautification Group - Summer Sundays in the Park is a performance series coordinated by a committee of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. Summer Sundays has become a highly anticipated staple of summer life.

Jamaica Arts Council - “Art to the People” is a public art effort that brings the art of Jamaica based/focused artists to the people of Jamaica via the eighteen LinkNYC Links that line Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Boulevard to 168th Street.

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema - A program that includes an outdoor screening of over 100 independent films, festival talk backs with selected filmmakers and industry panels and workshops that discuss resources available to independent filmmakers in Queens.

Lady Got Chops Women's History Month Music and Arts Festival, Inc. - an annual musical series in celebration of Women's History Month, featuring  performances and/or workshops by extraordinary international women instrumentalists, vocalists, storytellers and dancers.

Latin American Intercultural Alliance, Inc. - A puppet show re-telling of the classic Don Quixote by Cervantes including elements of the unauthorized second part written by alleged unknowns of the time.

LIC Reading Series Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - LIC Reading Series brings three nationally-acclaimed authors (novelists, short story writers, poets, essayists, and memoirists) to Queens every month for readings and a panel discussion.

Long Island City Artists, Inc. - “Painted Alice", an in-development play by William Donnelly with music by Michael Mahler, is a smart, hysterical musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, set in an art gallery.

Los Herederos Inc. - A five-part public program series and cultural mapping project featuring the LH Sonicycle in partnership with community-based venues/organizations located along the historic MTA 7-train line across Queens.

Magis Theatre Company - Magis teaching artists will work with young adults at Rikers Island and by working through the lens of “The Odyssey” will enable the development of life skills and insight into their interiority and decisions.

National Alliance of Native Americans Longhouse, Inc. - Series of 1 to 2 hour Native American cultural presentations including music, dance, film/ video , literature, history, language and folk arts workshops.

New Music Horizons Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - A concert series that presents the works of emerging jazz and classical composers. The audience will have the opportunity to interact with the composers and discuss their music.

No, YOU Tell It! The Performance Zone, Inc. Fiscally sponsored by The Field - a nonfiction reading series with a twist: Each participant develops their own true-life tale on the page and then trades scripts with a partner to present each other's story on stage.

Photo by Onipa Abusia, Inc.

Photo by Onipa Abusia, Inc.

Onipa Abusia, Inc. - These Master dance classes will be conducted by four choreographers and drummers from West Africa and the Americas. Music and dance will come from Senegal, Guinea, Ghana and South Africa.

Prototype Music Fiscally Sponsored by Project Hope - The Queens Youth Music Festival is a multi-discipline event were young people from music, art and dance programs around the borough as well as local professional artists have an opportunity to perform.

Queens Jazz OverGround Fiscally Sponsored by Tut'Zanni Theatre Company Inc. - A day of jazz workshops and performances offered free of charge to the public, featuring professional and student ensembles from the borough of Queens.

Queens Night Market LLC Fiscally Sponsored by Queens Economic Development Corporation - The Queens Night Market features 60+ musicians, bands, and cultural performances each year.

Queens World Film Initiative, Inc. - Queens based, annual multi day, multi-venue international event, with a thriving with a thriving program for filmmakers of color and women filmmakers, free films for senior citizens and free encore screenings throughout the year.

Rude Grooms Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Presentation of 14 free, accessible, family-friendly performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in multiple locations in Queens.

Sanasani Cultural Organisation - Sanansani Bollywood Explosion is a Dance Art Project that will be opened to the public, aiming to educate and involve our community on the  Art of Indian Traditional dance and storytelling through a theatrical concert.

Sangeet Parishad, Inc. - A program to celebrate the richness of Bengali folk culture through music and dance with the South Asian communities of Queens.

SEQAA, Paint & Jam, 2018

SEQAA, Paint & Jam, 2018

SEQAA - “Art Like Air and Water” is a publication platform and mobile cart-based library/shop featuring micro publications (zines, art books, chapbooks, handmade journals) by local artists and community members.

ShoutHouse Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Terminals is a collaborative performance featuring the works of Akinyemi, Queens-based rapper, and Will Healy, a NY-based composer and director of the eclectic contemporary music group ShoutHouse.

STAR - Senior Theater Acting Repertory - STAR is a group of seniors who have been bringing drama, comedy and song to audiences in Queens for over 26 years primarily to people who would not otherwise experience live theatrical performances

Superchief Arts Club Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Jefferson Gates is an outdoors mural project that engages our neighbors who have given us permission to have notable street artists create vibrant murals on their property.

Supermoon Art Space Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - This project is a 4-month collaboration between a group of textile workers and artists, all women, yielding a body of textile-based artworks that are exhibited and shared with the public.

Teen Art Salon Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Teen Art Salon's free open studio program provides the space, materials, and instruction needed for students ages 13-19 to establish and advance a self-directed studio practice.

The Blue Bus Project - A 5 day-long interdisciplinary art workshop in partnership with AHRC, Queens. The project engages adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to strengthen interpersonal bonds, increase mutual understanding and cultural awareness.

The Physical Plant | Queensboro Dance Festival Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - QDF is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community events for the local public, featuring Queens-based dance companies of all cultures and styles. 

The Salt Tree Charitable Trust - Ecopolis is an immersive, creative showcase for urban environmental art. Combining exhibition and performance elements, Ecopolis will demonstrate regenerative ecology concepts while inviting community participation through integrated community arts activations, creating educational outreach and calls to action on urban environmental health.

Titan Theatre Company - Shakespeare on Demand is a education/outreach program designed to provide FREE, high quality Shakespeare performances that are catered to directly fit the needs of a specific school.

Women's Weekend Film Challenge Fiscally sponsored by Pitch Her Productions - A women-in-film initiative that creates teams of all-female casts and crews to write, shoot and edit short films in just one weekend.

NEW WORKS GRANT
FUNDED BY NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, GREATER NEW YORK ARTS DEVELOPMENT FUND

Adam Nadel - Seeing Queens is an intimate photographic narrative about the people who live here, the places they go, and the landscapes they see.

Aileen Bassis - An exhibition that explores refugees and migrants’ experience of emigration and desperation through a series of photopolymer etchings and prints. The exhibition will include an artists talk and possible workshop for the public.

Alyssa Bonilla - the novel Arana & The Mother Tree, is the sequel to Arana & the Black Dog. It is the coming of age story of a young Latina girl who lives in Sunnyside, Queens.

Amy Marshall - One Breath is a dance performance that aims to remind people through movement that we are all humans, sharing the same earth, pumping the same blood, and breathing the same air.  Undivided, we can stand, live, and breathe together.

Ana Maria Pamela Sorza Reyes - Recording of a new single "Old Name," a song about coming out to one's community, and produce a music video featuring an elderly gay couple based in Queens.

Anastasia Clarke - Collaborating with a hand-selected group of queer-identified performers, the project features three ensemble-driven performance in the environment with interactive sound-generating sculpture.

Anastasiya Gutnik - Symbiosis is an installation that explores the parasitic and mutualistic relationships between plants and their environment, and highlights moments where the natural and human world overlap.

Anjali Deshmukh, Vision of the Future Above, 2016

Anjali Deshmukh, Vision of the Future Above, 2016

Anjali Deshmukh - A series of events-as-art in public spaces, intended to offer a laboratory for creative communities to explore how art can help engage communities on civic issues ahead of the 2020 election.

Ann Romero De Cordoba - A series of workshops that includes meditation on the topic of motherhood and newborns through photographs, drawings, and possibly small ceramic work, followed by a small exhibition and book/pamphlet distribution event in Queens.

Anthonia Akinbola - Fiber arts project seeks to create and execute a batik painting (direct application), intricately blending major icons and symbols that show diversity in action. 

Anubhav Jindal - "Point Me Home" is a literary novel project set both in New York and the remote jungles of northeast India, following a young immigrant's search for belonging as he reluctantly takes a journey to discover his origin, as well as the fate of his parents who disappeared 13 years before.

Barbara Winograd - A reading from “Relax: A Novel,” alongside a writing workshop which encourages attendees to explore the confluence of past and present in their lives. 

Benjamin Leonberg - “Good Boy” is a 20 minute short horror movie set in Astoria that features a family dog who can see ghosts as hero.

Carla Herrera-Prats - "Jawbone" is a video that connects the automation of production and robotic labor to the anti-colonialist tradition of Caribbean satirical work songs, exploring indigenous knowledge systems as correctives to contemporary technocratic management.

Carol Crawford - Meditation on Current Society is an exhibition of mixed media figurative drawings plus intermittent overlay of moving shadows and videos of people and live actors in series of vignettes.

Caroline Wells Chandler - A solo show of new works that will take place at Mrs. Gallery in Maspeth in the Spring of 2019.

Cecilia Lim - "Remember Y(our) Connection" is a public participatory art project in support of environmental justice that will uplift the experiences of Filipinos/as/xs in NYC through storytelling and illustration, following with an exhibitions at the Queens Library in 2019.

Che Min Hsiao - A mural painting project in Flushing area. (The wall space at 39-04 Union St, Flushing, NY 11354).

Chee Wang Ng - Solo bilingual photo exhibition that features the richness and diversity of Chinese restaurants in Queens neighborhoods, as a mean of self identification, breaking down of stereotyping, and a deeper understanding of racial relationship of inclusiveness.

Christian Patterson - Gong Co. is a large multi-disciplinary project with two main components: a large trade edition book and immersive installation. Each relates to/re-represents a Chinese grocery store and its owner circa 1978.

Claire Marie Lim - An album of electronic-based music, featuring material created in collaboration with young female and female-identifying students of Asian descent in Queens, following with a series of live shows to share the music with the communities.

Daniel Fishkin - Composing the Tinnitus Suites 2019 is a site-specific sound installation at the Flushing Town Hall's gallery exhibition space, using a room-sized invented instrument called Lady’s Harp to show the aesthetics of hearing damage.

Daniel McNamara - The screening of a live-action 22-minute short film titled "Wish Weasel" that was shot entirely in Astoria, Queens.

Danielle Overton - Alban Hills is a scripted drama/comedy web-series about four college students facing challenges, rooting from their family upbringing and past experiences, who agree to be roommates in a house in Alban Hills.

Derick Melander - A pop-up studio, open to the public, in a high traffic area of Jackson Heights, following with an installation at Cafe 77.

Douglas Fisk - The creation of a new composition for violin and piano duo, following with a concert that includes pieces for solo violin, solo piano, and violin and piano duo.

Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos - "Can We Get to Know Each Other" is a participatory installation that gives people the opportunity to watch themselves and each other in a way that is different than the usual way strangers engage through movement and observation.

Elizabeth Meiklejohn - The creation of a durational performance piece that results in large-scale woven works at public park(s) in Queens, creating unique portraits of shared public space.

Elizabeth Mislan - A poetry project inspired by the flora and fauna of the Ridgewood Reservoir, culminating on the summer solstice in a weekend of poetry concerts accompanied by music, dance, and poetry postcards.

Erica Sheu - "Ta Dan Ta Dan" is an expanded cinema performance piece based on the poem Skating On The Poached Egg (by Tai-Yi Lin), combining a dual projection film and an egg-shaped automata jewelry box that explores the seemingly binary relationships in NYC.  

Eugenia Malioykova - Free Break(down) is a sculpture installation exploring a descent to earth at Alterwork Studios Gallery.

Evelyn Joy Hoelscher - The creation of a new work that resulted from the personal experience of dealing with chronic illness endometriosis and humbling recovery from surgery, featuring on the universality of vulnerability and how that filtered into everyday life.

Freya Powell, Queens International, 2016

Freya Powell, Queens International, 2016

Freya Powell - “Only remains remain” is a bi-lingual performance addressing a contemporary tragedy through the story of Antigone, using the structure of a Sophoclean chorus to communicate an elegy.

Gabriel Furman - A new short film about a 10 year old, biracial boy growing up in the projects who secretly dreams of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman for Halloween.

Gabriel Guerrero - The composition, production and recording of a new album by the QUΔΠTUM Quartet, led by pianist/composer Gabriel Guerrero

Geok Neo Andrea Ang - No Place is an original, devised theatre piece that set in a social experiment in 2075, exploring questions about citizenship, nationhood and personal identity.

Gerardo Merino - A project that uses textiles collages and other fibrous materials to envisage an imaginary map as metaphors that speak to the fragile and transitory state of our lives and our surroundings boundaries change both physically and politically.

Guillermo Severiche - "Cochabamba" will be a Spanish-language nouvelle with two parallel storylines about immigration: a Bolivian man migrates to Argentina in the 1950s and a young man returns from NYC to Argentina for his grandmother's funeral. I will read an excerpt of this work in Astoria alongside other Latin American writers.

Gustavo Casenave & John Patitucci Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2017

Gustavo Casenave & John Patitucci Live at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2017

Guowei Wang - Compose a 13-minute work "Autumn Moon Over a Tranquil Lake" for a East-West quintet of gaohu (2-string fiddle), pipa (lute), zheng (zither), dizi (bamboo flute) and cello. The performance will be premiered at Flushing Town Hall in fall 2019.

Gustavo Casenava - Presentation of new work at Flushing Town Hall, featuring an All Star quartet, formed by top class, Grammy awarded musicians.

Heather Kramer - The Horseshoe Crab's Crown is a children's book that emphasizes the importance of community and creativity. The book will be released at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and be read live at all four Rockaway libraries.

Heidi Howard - "Relative Fields in a Garden” is a multidisciplinary installation at the Queens Museum, featuring the collaboration between portraitist Heidi Howard, interactive sound sculptor Liz Phillips, improviser Earl Howard, and dancer Cynthia Koppe.

Hilliary Gabryel - My Shell Makes Itself will dramatically expand upon the radical non-hierarchical, site-responsive model of artistic production advanced by MATERIAL GIRLS in support of the community of underrepresented, emerging artists.

I-Ling Eleen Lin - Creation of six paintings for an exhibition that retell the story of Moby Dick through a different cultural lens, reimagining this American classic into multicultural imageries. The exhibition will coincide with Melville's bicentennial birth year.

Ian Burnley - A half-sized model of an open-air salvage yard will be on display inside of an existing storefront in South Jamaica, Queens. The uncanny and playful installation will be able to be viewed through the storefront’s display window.

Jacqueline Dugal - "They were once" is a solo dance theatre work about self-discovery, acceptance, rebellion, and radical self love through the lens of a gender non-conforming person's experience in a binary world.

James Kennedy - Jo & Laurie is a brand new play inspired by the two famous best friends of Luisa May Alcott's Little Women that explores contemporary issues of romance, friendship, and mental health as experienced and explored by queer characters.

Jared Harel - The publication of a new poetry collection entitled, Sad Rollercoaster, which explores themes of love, loss, parenthood and protection, and a reading event at LIC Book Culture entitled 'Queens Poets & Parents'.

Jennie Thwing - The creation of a new animation, “Pest in the Garden”, with potential to design and install a paper cut wall mural garden in Queens.

Jennifer Williams - “Hudson Yards to Flushing” is a study in parallel architectural growth, a comparison of rising verticality at the terminal ends of the #7 subway line.

Jevijoe Vitug - An exhibition that features on paintings and video works about portraits of immigrants of color and American Dream.

Jodie Ann Lyn-Kee-Chow - The project, "Joncanooaacome at the Crossroads” entails workshops and performances about (un)told New York histories of African-Americans that address issues on gentrification and lost traditions of Africans in the Americas.

Jody MacDonald - A sculptural installation of twelve textile figures, each set within their own constructed diorama environment. Inspired by characters found in traditional carnival sideshows, the pieces are meant to provoke dialogue around normal versus not normal, and fitting in versus feeling different in the world.

John Kitses - Recovered Landscapes: Newtown Creek will be a suite of 10 large-scale watercolor paintings, and small reproductions for fundraising, created to raise awareness of the revival of Newtown Creek and spark appreciation of the inherent beauty in its landscape.

John Roach - Frozen Words is an Installation that uses immersive sound and glass objects to make a connection between an old piece of absurd literature, the ancient pseudo science of alchemy, and the corruption of language promoted by President Donald Trump.

John Smith - Creation of a series of new works based on the experience of commuting on the subway and buses of New York City.

Jose Carlos Casado - A performance around the public sculpture, titled "COMMUNITY: You never really know your own language until you study another", at Rufus King Park in Jamaica, which examines who we are as individuals in society, and who we are within a community.

José Ignacio Vivero - The maturation and performance of a puppet theater production of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale, The Selfish Giant.

Joy Tomasko - Staged Home (working title) is a theatrical work in which audiences listen to a story on headphones and when prompted, interact with objects and messages inside of a doll house.

Juan Hinojosa - A public exhibition presenting new works on paper and a site-specific sculpture.

Judith Sloan - Creation of a new podcast of conversations between multiple creative teams for IT CAN HAPPEN HERE, which focuses on the complexity that artists face in presenting work that represents multiple perspectives about race, immigration, age, and gender.

Kacie Boblitt, Schoen Movement Company

Kacie Boblitt, Schoen Movement Company

Kacie Boblitt - Perform an evening-length dance piece through a collaboration with dancers from Tunisia, which celebrates cross-cultural differences as a source of beauty and strength through movement, multimedia, and intimate personal stories in three languages.

Kalon Lamont Hayward - A multi disciplinary musical theater performance that explores themes of sexuality and spirituality using dance, music, theater, and projections.

Keisha Damali Abrams - An exhibition featuring newly created full color zines of collages that based on figures from Guyanese folklore. The culminating event will be a launch party with a DJ and a zine making station.

Kojo A. Opare - Nantekrom: A Love Story is an African neo folk ballet that features dance and live musical orchestration by Akoko Nante Esnemble; led by Amoa Opare. It tells the story of two young lovers as they navigate love, loss and redemption within themselves and in their community.

Kyle Marian Viterbo - An accessible comedy show and workshop series featuring performers with disabilities for the Queens disabilities community, which aims to empower Queens disabilities community to share and celebrate their diverse, rich lived experiences.

Laura Lappi - Production of new architectural sculptures with inspiration taken from the intriguing architectural styles in Queens.

Lea Bertucci - Resonant Field is the follow up to 2018's critically acclaimed album Metal Aether, released on NNA Tapes.

Leah Ogawa - Molding is an object movement puppetry piece that showcases and explores the emotional journey of a character, who is in a liminal space. It is her journey to face society’s expectations and to recognize and assimilate her true identity.

Lisa Huberman - A storytelling dinner party that explores the role food plays in preserving Jewish cultural traditions and collective memory, sharing the vast diversity of communities in Queens.

Luzia A Castaneda - The Woman's Rebirth is a set of seven acrylic paintings derived from seven watercolors that represent the process of rebirth for a new life, in conjunction with a free self-portrait workshop, as part of the homage to the International Women's Day.

Manal Abu-Shaheen - A two-person exhibition curated by Laura August. Pairing photographs with sculptures by Oscar Rena Cornejo, the exhibition will take place at Radiator Galley in Long Island City in Fall 2019.

Mari Meade - "immigration stories" is a series of contemporary dance solos and duets inspired by immigration experiences of the dancers. Choreographed by Mari Meade, the work includes a high energy, rhythmic score combined with live and recorded text and lyrics.

Mary F. Pinto - Creation of a series of color photograms using metal stencils collected from a historic local factory, which invites audience reflection on the changing landscape of Queens and the layers of history and culture present in our communities.

Matthew D. Gantt - Developed in collaboration with Lindsey Drury, Atelierhaus-Droste is an experimental dance and media work inspired by works of Merce Cunningham and John Cage, which explores the relationship between the physical self and new virtual environments.

Mohammed H. Abdullah - Translation and publication of an anthology, featuring on works from a selection of Bengali poets living in Queens and elsewhere, including Bangladesh.

Moira Lo Bianco - "Suite for a Steel Garden" is an immersive multi-channel composition to be installed and performed around the Queens Museum's Panorama through processed field recordings from the neighborhoods, blended with live and processed acoustic piano.

Mrinalini Kamath - The play takes place in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.   Manika and Jeanette are a lesbian couple who, after two miscarriages, take an unorthodox route with artificial insemination. An Executive Order preventing gay couples from adopting is declared so the pressure to carry her pregnancy to term increases.

Nancy Paola Paredes - Creation of a collection of prints using plastic bags that incorporate plastic as its hidden base to create what is perceived as landscapes.

Netarpal Singh Bandesha - A documentary film project chronicling my return to Queens after 17 years spent in India. Told through stories shared over 'day in the life' with 5 Queens friends.

Nicole Mehle - Creation of five large-scale oil paintings in the manner of Femmage, including aspects of storytelling using self portraits and animal narratives that exist in abstracted, patchwork-like environments.

Nung-Hsin Hu - “Medicine Buddha” is a site-specific installation that combines traditional and direct filmmaking techniques to explore the optical sound, language, and the relationship between space and time, addressing a sense of loss and to archive the ephemeral.

Okechukwu Okegrass Ofiaeli - Creation of new works in a "life studio" environment to interact with the Queens community through visual narrative of materials and creative techniques.

Patricia Silva - A visual presentation and preview book featuring contemporary and archival photography of 30 LGBTQ sites in Queens before the year of 2000, which examines patterns of public space and architectural records to highlight Queens LGBTQ cultural history.

Robert Antonio Martinez - Dominiconics is a collection of five paintings on large canvases that addresses the ingenuity of non-English speaking immigrants when faced with the challenges of identifying and interacting with their unfamiliar surroundings.

Rudolph Shaw - Present a new work-in-progress that explores the Black Lives Matter movement from an historical perspective through the Black Consciousness philosophy of the young anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko.

Sarah Burns - WOPOZI will create one, 40 page, full color publication featuring the work on one Queens-based artist, The culminating event will be an all inclusive release party for the issue and distribute it, free of charge, all over Queens.

Seth Fein - Small Kitchens is a 10-15-min art documentary that intercuts footage shot over twenty-four hours at three Queens all-night restaurants: a kebab shop and taco truck each in Jackson Heights and a doughnut shop in Sunnyside. 

Shana Siegel Kesner - "Roommates" is a semi-permanent site-specific installation on the roof of the New York Hall of Science. Theatrical set pieces will depict two large fictional creatures based on the real-life symbiotic relationship of the goby fish and pistol shrimp.

Artist Hongtu Zhang at his studio, Photo by Shaoyi Zhang

Artist Hongtu Zhang at his studio, Photo by Shaoyi Zhang

Shaoyi Zhang - A photographic project showing the successful re-entry life of the previously incarcerated people by taking their portraits in the environment where their profession will be shown.

Sheldon Walker - “ Buffalo Soldier” is a staged photography series that explores the dark history of the African-American soldier.

Stephanie Aliaga - A historical project that invites a broad group of Latinas to elaborate the meaning of the word, Mujerista. Through zines, the project will showcase how we understand ourselves, how we perceive and construct ourselves as human beings with a history.

Stephanie S. Lee - “Threads & Pigments” is a group exhibition of nine Korean-American artists who have been living and working in the United States, embodying diverse and dynamic philosophies depicted through materials such as stitched threads and color pigments.

Sydney Shen - Anthropophage is a media project, including a series of podcasts and a public presentation, which explores new themes in Asian and Asian American identity through creative storytelling by contemporary artists.

Symin Adive - Bari is an exhibition that examines one’s place in the world when untethered to the standard ties of family and community through a collection of 20 illustrations harkening back to the style of 15th-18th century Mughal and Rajput paintings.

Tana Sirois - Crushing Baby Animals is a semi-autobiographical original play that follows two millennial women as they travel through space, time and the human mind, exploring the post-modern obsession with self-image, and the traumatic absurdity of making art.

Timothy Kelly - Asking the question, “Why do we knit and crochet?”, Life Patterns is a community-inspired visual art exhibit where the crochet/knitting patterns taught to the artist by Queens residents will be displayed in an 18x18 foot patchwork quilt.

Tomal Mahmud Hossain - An adaptation of humanist songs and poems by Kazi Nazrul Islam into the English language with a non-traditional arrangement and orchestration for the double function of cultural exchange and broadening the poet's accessibility to non-Bengali speaking audiences.

Warren Lehrer - A multi-platform visual poetry project that includes creating animations augment for an artists book, exhibitions, performance/reading presentations, and as part of an enhanced book app edition.

William Trevino - Through the Oak Door is a interdisciplinary performance combining dance, mime, and martial arts with excerpts from Lori J. Fitzgerald's fantasy fiction inspired by Celtic mythology, exploring the journey a reader takes with literature.

Xiying Yang - A painting series depicting ecosystems that involve endangered species found in Queens and New York State. The visual style is inspired by folk art forms interweaving symbolic figures, shapes painted in vibrant colors.

Yiwei Chen - Creation of a film featuring an NYC-based painter Joanne Wong, who has been painting canners in the city, through which further explores the experiences of the canners, the reasons they do this work, and how they survive.

Yuki Thomas - Masquerade is a new contemporary dance work by Azul Dance Theatre choreographed by Yuki Hasegawa that features the theme of human emotional conflict through contemporary dance movements, and innovative costumes designed by Angelia Lin.

Zahra Nazari - Creation of a series of new abstract architectural work based on personal stories that emphasize immigrants’ experience and contribution in the United States.

COMMUNITY ARTS GRANT
FUNDED BY NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS DECENTRALIZATION, COMMUNITY ARTS PROGRAM

American Bolero Dance Company, Inc. - A concert series, showcasing flamenco, classical Spanish dance styles, arias, cuples (or coplas) and Spanish art songs with a modern twist, within an intimate black box theater in the heart of Long Island City’s artists quarters. 

Anandadhwani USA, Inc. - An inter-communal observance of Bengali new year with a series of morning events, including music, poetry and performances from cultural organization of South Asian origin.

Ba Ban Chinese Music Society - A Project inspired by the ancient Chinese wisdom residing in the Book of Changes (I-Ching), including music, dance, and Taichi performance along with a series of educational workshops .

Bayside Glee Club - Spring & Winter charitable concerts that are open to the public for free at nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals and public organizations.

Caribbean Equality Project - L.O.V.E.: Living Our Values Equally, an annual celebration of Queer Caribbean love in Queens, is a dynamic multidisciplinary forum that uses films, cultural performing arts, panel discussions, and storytelling to highlight the diverse stories, identities, and experiences of Caribbean LGBTQ immigrants in New York City.

Centro Cultural Barco de Papel - Three public art installations in the form of mobile libraries/galleries will be placed in three iconic areas of Queens with the purpose of, through literature and art, bringing people together.

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong + Dev Harlan Fiscally sponsored by Queens Historical Society - POOLTIME aims to activate underused public space with a series of community programming centered around the rich history Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (FMCP) as a site for the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs.

Con Brio Ensemble - The program will consist of duos and trios for violin, soprano, clarinet and piano by Handel, Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Paganini.

Cultural Caravan Productions, Inc. - Presentations of of live arts and culture events at varied cultural organizations in Queens including the Queens Public Library and JCAL.

"Ushering the Parade of the Goddess”, Divya Jyoti Association

"Ushering the Parade of the Goddess”, Divya Jyoti Association

Divya Jyoti Association - Sourcing the participation of over 100 temples, businesses, and community organizations, we host a day of cultural performance, displaying ethnic art and creativity. This community event features three-part: (a) Indian prayer ceremony ushering the Hindu New Year; (b) Motorcade and (c) Cultural Show.

Emerald Isle Immigration Center - A free three-day workshop in English and Spanish teaching immigrant and low income women how to use media in order to tell their personal stories.

Forest Hills Choir - Presents an evening of Baroque music, centering on Bach's Cantata BWV 61 and Vivaldi's Credo RV 591, each presented with Baroque instrumentation featuring violin, viola, and continuo (cello & harpsichord).

HCJ Teen Drama Group Fiscally Sponsored by Church of the Holy Child Jesus - A full scale musical theater production featuring the talents of teens from Queens encompassing: singing, dancing, acting, set design and construction, lighting, sound and stage crew.

Infopower International Inc. - Introductory Batik Painting exposes participants to direct application batik painting, using dyes and resist materials including wax. 

Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement - A public arts project at Ravenswood Houses community center led by the Blue Bus Project artist, Annalisa Iadicicco, which will bring together seniors and youth to create works using reclaimed materials for public display in the development.

Jamaica Arts Council - Art to the People will present rotating photographic exhibitions in the 18 LinkNYC Link kiosks located along Jamaica Avenue from Sutphin Boulevard to 168th Street.

Local Project, Inc. - "Emerging Curators" is an open call invitation for independent curators from NYC who may not have had previous opportunities to show at a gallery space in Queens and to be a part of Local Project's (LP) 2019 exhibition calendar.

Long Island City Artists, Inc. - “Creative Mosaic: Artists Working in Queens,” a multi-venue traveling juried exhibition showcasing the work of Queens artists & including Meet the Artist events & videos of artists at work to connect with audiences in each location.

Los Herederos Inc. - A five-part public program series and cultural mapping project featuring the LH Sonicycle in partnership with community-based venues/organizations located along the historic MTA 7-train line across Queens.

Mare Nostrum Elements - A program that offers eight young choreographers to create and premiere new, emotionally driven work at LPAC, LIC Queens, which includes up to 60 hours free studio time per artist, up to 12 profession consultations, one on one mentoring. Professional choreographers provide feedback. Stipend for choreographers and dancers provided.

Multicultral Sonic Evolution, 2018

Multicultral Sonic Evolution, 2018

Multicultural Sonic Evolution - A week-long music festival of 5 different programs created and performed by more than 50 artists.

Onipa Abusia, Inc. - These Master dance classes will be conducted by four choreographers and drummers from West Africa and the Americas. Music and dance will come from Senegal, Guinea, Ghana and South Africa.

Oratorio Society of Queens, Inc. -The chorus, led by Maestro David Close, along with the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens, will perform the deeply moving and celebrated Mozart "Requiem."

Queens World Film Initiative, Inc. - Queens based, annual multi day, multi-venue international event, with a thriving with a thriving program for filmmakers of color and women filmmakers, free films for senior citizens and free encore screenings throughout the year.

Rockaway Artists Alliance, Inc. - RAA’s project combines and enhance the camp kidsmART's visual art exhibition and final performing arts show.

Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation - Summertime @ The Plaza Concert Series aim to activate the Beach 20th Street Plaza utilizing live musical performances that reflected the cultural and ethnic make-up of Downtown Far Rockaway -  African American, Caribbean and Latin American.

Royal Star Theatre Fiscally Sponsored by Church of the Immaculate Conception - Newsies the Musical is an adaption of the Disney film about the newsboys of NYC in the 1890s.

RPGA Studio, Inc. - A series of collaborative sculpting sessions between artists and the Elmhurst community to explore immigration, community conflict, using the green space near on/off ramps as opportunities for art and communication.

Salvatore Larussa Dance Company, Inc. - SUNDAY PERFORMING ARTS | QUEENS OUTDOOR DANCE FESTIVAL 2019, will invite eight professional dance companies to perform for the Queens and surrounding communities at studio's Outdoor Stage.

Sangeet Parishad, Inc. - A program that celebrates the richness of Bengali folk culture through music and dance with the South Asian communities of Queens.

Serious Fun After School, Inc. - A series of performances based on the theme, A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS, which will showcase the talent of our students and artists and build on students' learnings from the school year. 

The Physical Plant Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month season of community-building events, opportunities, & performances across Queens, for Queens cultural & contemporary dance companies and the local public.

The Salt Tree Charitable Trust - Ecopolis is an immersive, creative showcase for urban environmental art. Combining exhibition and performance elements, Ecopolis will demonstrate regenerative ecology concepts while inviting community participation through integrated community arts activations, creating educational outreach and calls to action on urban environmental health.

Salt Tree Art, Myco-Rise, 2018

Salt Tree Art, Myco-Rise, 2018

Turkish Cultural Center - Turkish Music Nights highlights Turkish folk music and Sufi Music performed by local musicians, followed by artist talk about the music culture and meanings of the songs.

Women's Weekend Film Challenge Fiscally sponsored by Pitch Her Productions - A women-in-film initiative that creates teams of all-female casts and crews to write, shoot and edit short films in just one weekend.

Woodside on the Move Inc - "Worldwide Woodside 2019" is a day long outdoors arts, culture and food festival to take place on 61st street and Woodside Ave.