2017 Queens Arts Fund Awardees

 

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

14 Sculptors, Inc. Fiscally Sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) - Public Art exhibition 16 large scale sculptures.

Artivista Productions Fiscally Sponsored by Res Publica - The cIRCA 86 multimedia oral history project turns its focus to Queens to document the lives and accomplishments of Queens immigrants legalized under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Astoria Big Band - A concert highlighting the music of several musicians key to the history of jazz in Queens, with comments on their lives and music styles.

Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts (BIPA) - BIPA BOISHAKHI 2017 is an outdoor parade and indoor dance & musical performance to celebrate Pohela Boishakh, or the 1st of Boishakh, beginning the Bengali New Year.

Bayside Glee Club, Inc - The Spring & Winter Concerts are open to the public and tickets are sold. Charitable concerts are performed for free at nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals and public organizations.

Beach Sessions Dance Series Fiscally Sponsored by Black & White Project Space - Beach Sessions is a pioneering lab and performance venue supporting the creation and presentation of site-responsive work by New York-based choreographers in Rockaway Beach, Queens.

Con Brio Ensemble - Three Chamber Music Concerts

Coopdanza, Inc - Water is Life: All against the black snake. A journey within the cultural universe of the buffalo in the Lakota culture, framed on the present environmental conflict against the North Dakota Pipe Line

creARTive NYC dba KINEMATIK Dance Theater Fiscally Sponsored by New York Foundation For The Arts - INSITU is a two day site-specific dance festival taking place at the LIC waterfront in 2017.

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

Downtown Flushing Transit Hub DMA Inc. - The Project is for a Lunar New Years Celebration event for January 2017. The holiday is pertinent to a number of different ethnic groups here in Downtown Flushing. 

Drama Club - Drama Club Weekly Programming & Performance units to serve 16-17 & 18-21 year old young women at the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island

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.

Jackson Heights Beautification Group - Summer Sundays in the Park is a performance series.

Jamaica Arts Council, Inc. - Art to the People will present rotating photographic exhibitions in the six light-boxes located on the token booth level of the Jamaica Center subway station.

Jose Obando Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Salsa lecture/demonstration "Maraca & Guiro: Two Taino Instruments in the 21st Century"

Lewis H. Latimer House Museum - Site-specific sculpture in the garden of Lewis H. Latimer House, to invite the community to use the garden and crochet at the museum.

LIC Reading Series Fiscally Sponsored by The AJ Project - On the second Tuesday of every month except August, three authors read from their work and take part in a panel discussion at a free event.

LICArtists, Inc. [LIC-A] - A multi-venue traveling juried exhibition showcasing the work of Queens artists.

Melody and Company Chamber Series Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Melody and Company Chamber Series Astoria Concert 2017.

Mission to (dit)Mars Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - The Propulsion Lab is a bi-weekly writers group made up of Queens based playwrights.

Multicultural Sonic Evolution - Sounds of Arts Festival 2017 (SOAF2017)

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.

New Music Horizons Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - A concert series that presents the works of emerging jazz and classical composers.

Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. - A semi-annual literary journal focused on publishing the work of Queens writers and poets.

NY Tibetan Service Center - Our weekend Tibetan cultural school students are practicing to perform selected parts of the Tibetan Epic Poem of King Gesar.

Onipa Abusia Inc. - - Will present a series of Master Classes in African Dance. These Master Classes will be conducted by choreographer and dancer Nana Esi Ayisi Dinizulu.

Opera Pomme Rouge - Opera Pomme Rouge (OPR)’s Master Singers will present Wagner’s masterpiece in an interactive, simplified and shortened version for all ages.  

Prototype Music Fiscally Sponsored by Project Hope - A multi-discipline festival.

Queens Borough Public Library - Celebrating the other side of Valentine's Day, Broken Heart Week is a multi-site, multi-arts exploration of the universal human experience of love and loss. 

Queens Jazz OverGround Fiscally Sponsored by Convergence Arts, Inc - A day of jazz workshops and performances offered free of charge to the public.

Queens World Film Intiative, Inc. - An annual six day multi-venue film festival, with juried films, a thriving young filmmakers program, free films for Sr. citizens and free encore screenings.

RPGA - Change behaviors around trash and recycling in public plazas and parks by engaging residents with performance art, design, education, and commissioned pieces.

Rural Route Films Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas, Inc. - The RRFF highlights unique people and cultures outside of the bustle of the city that are normally overlooked by the mainstream media through rare and high quality moving image content.

SALVATORE LARUSSA DANCE COMPANY INC. - Free Sunday Performances.

STAR - Senior Theater Acting Repertory - Bringing Live Theater and Songs to Queens.

Sunnyside District Management Association, Inc (dba Sunnyside Shines BID) - Free music series in Sunnyside's Bliss Plaza featuring diverse,

Teen Art Salon Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - Our free open studio program for teens is as an interdisciplinary art space for participants to experiment, create, and exhibit self-determined projects amongst their peers and the greater public.

The Astoria Choir, Inc. - Haydn: Mass in a Time of War (Paukenmesse) a performance on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8pm. 

The Dream Unfinished Fiscally Sponsored by Black Women's Blueprint - Blackboard brings to life the stories of Joseph Bologne and other composers of color through chamber music & monologue.

The Physical Plant Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual season of community-building events for Queens-based choreographers & companies that culminates in performances, to strengthen the dance identity in Queens.

The Secret Theatre Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas - King Lear, Shakespeare's greatest tragedy is presented with lauded Tony winner Austin Pendleton in the title role.

Theatre By The Bay Fiscally Sponsored by Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center - 6 performances of our community theater's authorized production of the Broadway show PROMISES, PROMISES.

Titan Productions, Inc. - Every month, TITAN will present a dramatic reading of one of Shakespeare's plays until the canon is complete. Each play will be presented for free.

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

Adolfo Steve Vazquez- A Socially interactive photojournalism exhibit covering the African immigrants who work the jitney bus service shuttle circuit in Southeastern Queens and the culture in which they are surrounded in.

Akemi Kinukawa - Project Connect brings an interactive and participatory Lindy Hop/Swing dance show to nursing homes in Queens.

Alan Bessen - In this animated short, a curious character from a 7 train station stained glass window comes to life as the sun sets over Queens.

Anna Capunay - The play is about cancer treatment alternatives. The title means "the cold sweat" from a Colombian folk song about dueling musicians. The defeated representation of cancer is played out in this piece.

Camila Santos - A reading and exhibition in which a Queens-based writer, a costume designer and a photographer combine monologues and the visual arts to break the stereotypes that surround Brazilian women. 

Catherine Victoria Kapphahn - Learning Dangerously is a new memoir project that uncovers the struggles of an undiagnosed-dyslexic childhood and the educational misadventures of a mother finally embracing her writing identity.

Che Min Hsiao - 10 ~ 15 new watercolor paintings at the Queens Botanical Garden. 

Dennis Shinners - Narrative feature film project with LGBT themes.

Douglas Fisk - This project will enable the composition of a new work for Oboe and Harp. 

Eleni Theodora Zaharopoulos - M.A.P is a collaborative arts project taking place in my childhood home that temporarily transforms private into public as a means to introduce arts and discourse into the neighborhood of Malba Queens

Emily Oliver - This project is a site-specific poetic collaboration and audio installation inspired by various Jackson Heights locations. Work will be presented in both a community space and a curated digital space.

Evangelia Kingsley - Simple Gifts, a play in two acts, examines the themes of devotion and extinction through the lives of an aged Metropolitan Opera diva, her partner, and a Shaker community facing its demise.

Fritz St Jean - My project is to paint and exhibit four 24 X 36 paintings that explores how nature both sustain and betray us while using the natural disasters in Haiti as a backdrop.

Goussy Celestin - A music/movement project and suite, uses audience engagement with music, song and dance to explore our connection to water. 

Guowei Wang - Compose a 15-minute work "The Essence of Things" for a East-West quartet of erhu (2-string fiddle), cello, flute and piano to be premiered at the Flushing Library.

Gustavo Casenave -  3 times Latin Grammy Nominee, Steinway Artist, pianist and composer Gustavo Casenave, will create new works for strings and piano, to present in a concert featuring multi Grammy awardee John Patitucci

Henry Arroyo - (Film) A couple spends their last married day in their apartment together. 

Jackie Mock - Storefront museum in Ridgewood presenting carefully curated pieces of offbeat American history in a 19th century fashion.

Jacqueline Dugal - Under is about being under him, under scrutiny, and under estimated. Bringing to light themes of gender, sexuality, privilege, and power in a way that gives us a chance to redefine ourselves. 

Jacqueline Ibarra -  An inter-generational story of a Filipino American immigrant family in the 1970s-1990s set in Manila and Queens, NY. The story is about failing to reach the American Dream.

Jennifer Baker - An essay collection that combines personal narratives and historical evidence to document systemic issues affecting African Americans over time in New York City.

Jules Suo - Dosi Post, a film screening after the completion of sound design.

JunYi Chow - A video and sound art exhibition with live performances that explores moments of stillness found in Queens, offering a new perspective of everyday life in the borough to visitors and its inhabitants.

Laini Nemett - Two murals in a supportive housing building in Jamaica, Queens, in a mission to enhance the quality of living environment for its residents with mental illness.

Lawrence F. Mesich - Sculptural works exploring LIC's construction boom, using large-scale printed images of construction projects paired with stacked A-frame barricades, designed for gallery and public display.

Linda Ganjian - A series of mounted prints that uses architectural details from historic Jackson Heights to tell the histories of its residents.

Manal Abu-Shaheen - My recent landscapes of Beirut explore the monumental scale of western advertising in relationship to the post-war developing urban setting. 

Nung-Hsin Hu - "Amphibian" is a photographic and video installation depicting the confusion and indivisibility of my dual roles as an artist and an arts administrator which is planned to exhibit during LIC Arts Open

Polina Porras Sivolobova - A mural in Elmhurst, Queens depicting flowers and birds from Southeast Asia and South America.

Raul O. Gracia - 5 steel security gates will be painted in the Sunnyside business district area and will be visible to the public when the businesses are closed.

Shauna Sorensen - An immersive performance using the Top to Bottom mural project in LIC as inspiration for dance and film in the company's newest evening-length piece. 

Vijay Ramana - A poetry collection that explores the story of Tibetan saint Milarepa.

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

American Bolero Dance Company - Concerts showcasing Flamenco, classical dance styles from Spain.

Astoria Big Band - Works composed by women, from Billie Holiday to Bernice Petkere, Ann Ronell, Linda Presgrave and more.

Ayazamana Cultural Center, Inc - Will present three performances of traditions music and dances from Ecuador in Queens.

Bayside Glee Club, Inc. - Spring and Winter 2017 Concert Series.

Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Committee Fiscally Sponsored by Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce - Outdoor concert presenting the music of jazz pioneer Bix Beiderbecke, who and died in Sunnyside.

Con Brio Ensemble - Three Sunday Afternoon Chamber Music Concerts.

creaARTive NYC dba KINEMATIK Dance Theater Fiscally Sponsored by Hunters Point Parks Conservancy - lINSITU is a two day site-specific dance festival taking place at the LIC waterfront in 2017.

Cultural Caravan Productions,Inc. - Cultural Caravan TV celebrates the Black experience through the arts, culture, and cultural history. 

Drama Club - A workshop will be held providing Queens residents the opportunity to experience Drama Club's work with incarcerated teens.

Edge School of the Arts Fiscally Sponsored by Greater Jamaica Development Corporation - A full day of multi-cultural performances, workshops and participatory activities for a multicultural and inter-generational audience.

Farmers Boulevard Community Development Corp. - Art UnEarthed is an artist discovery project serving southeast Queens. The program will consist of 6 workshop weekends in 2017, open to the public, featuring local artists & shared online.

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.

Hunters Point Parks Conservancy - A live music series featuring mainly Queens musicians performing original music.

Jackson Heights Orchestra Fiscally Sponsored by Jackson Heights Beautification Group - The JHO will present 3 concerts during 2017.

Jamaica Arts Council, Inc. - Art to the People will present rotating photographic exhibitions in the six light-boxes located on the token booth level of the Jamaica Center subway station.

LIC Arts Open Fiscally Sponsor by Local Project - Queens largest arts festival. A grassroots community effort to showcase artists who live and/or work in Queens.

Local Project - This is a program for established musicians to combine and work with emerging artists to compose, create, and design new sounds and compositions based on the Exhibitions.

Long Island City Partnership - FireFly is a field of 500 LED “light balls” suspended from elevated infrastructure in one or more key sites around LIC. The light balls blink on and off in a gentle random pattern. 

Mare Nostrum Elements, Inc. - Seven-week mentoring and space grant program (throughout Queens) for 8 emerging choreographers, who will debut fully staged work at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Long Island City

Multicultural Sonic Evolution - Sounds of Arts Festival 2017 (SOAF2017).

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. 

New Music Horizons Fiscally Sponsored by Art House Astoria Conservatory for Music and Art - A concert series that presents the works of emerging jazz and classical composers.

Newtown Literary Alliance, Inc. - A semiannual literary journal dedicated to publishing the work of writers and poets from and living in Queens.

Onipa-Abusia.Inc. - Will present a series of Master Classes in African Dance. These Master Classes will be conducted by choreographer and dancer Nana Esi Ayisi Dinizulu.

Prototype Music Fiscally Sponsored by Eastern Queens Alliance, Inc - The Prototype Youth Artist Development Program is designed to provide its young participants the knowledge, experience and skills they need to begin their path to being a professional artist. 

Queens Jazz OverGround Fiscally Sponsored by Convergence Arts, 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.

Random Access Music - 6th Annual Queens New Music Festival.

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance -  Night Festival will run in summer 2017 and will support the opening of Projected Swimmers by Jessica Ling Findley, a public art projection on the underside of the elevated subway in Arverne, Queens. 

Royal Star Theatre Fiscally Sponsored by Church of the Immaculate Conception - Little Women the Musical.

RPGA Studio - Interactive Sculptures By the Community.

SALVATORE LARUSSA DANCE COMPANY INC. - Free Sunday Performances.

Sangeet Parishad, New York - Celebration of Bengali Independence Day with Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore songs to inform South Asian youths and other community members about the Bengali struggle and independence. 

Shaminder Dulai Fiscally Sponsored by South Asian Youth Action, Inc. - During the last week of July 2017, Queens will become home to world class photojournalism through an interactive deconstruction of the museum.

Sherese Francis Fiscally Sponsored by Cultural Collaborative Jamaica - This southeast Queens project is dedicated to promoting the literary arts, the need for more literary events and spaces, and the creation of a southeast Queens literary artists network.

Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc. - To present 2 readings of a new work, DRAWN FROM THE WATER, a hip-hop, Gospel, and R&B musical about the biblical Moses but told in today's hip-hop world of inclusion, love, beauty, and differences.

STAR - Senior Theater Acting Repertory - Bringing Live Theater and Songs to Queens.

Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District - Free music event series in Sunnyside's Bliss Plaza featuring diverse, Queens-based musicians during summer 2017.

Taiwanese American Arts Council - Exhibition of 20 Taiwanese American artists whose extraordinary creativity and commitment to nature and environmental issues are addressed in woven, netted, sewn, and installed artworks.

THE ARTS @ HENSON-PARKS INC. - This program uses pop-up art workshops to engage the public by using arts & technology to garner first-hand knowledge about a special event, cause, social platform, and/or a cultural experience.  

The Astoria Choir, LLC -  Joseph Haydn's Mass in a Time of War (Paukenmesse) performance on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 8pm. 

Theatre By The Bay Fiscally Sponsored by Bay Terrace Garden Jewish Center - 6 complete, authorized productions of the Broadway musical PROMISES, PROMISES performed in April 2017.  

Titan Productions, Inc. - Every month, TITAN will present a dramatic reading of one of Shakespeare's plays until the canon is complete.

Unison Center for the Performing Arts Fiscally Sponsored by Renaissance Charter School - Will supplement its publicly-available music lessons at the Renaissance Charter School by creating group classes in piano, guitar, and voice.

Woodside on the Move - A day-long outdoors arts, culture and food festival to take place on 61st Street in Woodside.

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

Emily Berry - Forgiveness Engages is a B3W Performance Group community initiative addressing issues of systemic racism and oppression through movement and storytelling, creating possibilities for transformation.

Martina Mrongovius - Mapping Place is a collaborative project to develop and create a holographic "map" that explores our relationship to place in the urban environment of Queens.