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.
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.
On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, LAB presented poet and writer David Mills performing new works from his forthcoming book "Talking to Bones." His poems were inspired by his experiences at the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan. Mills has won several grants from QCA including QAF and the SU-CASA artist residency program.
We are so proud of our graduating seniors!
They are all off to great schools where I am sure they will excel in their arts community. For this post three of our students share where they are headed next year, their experiences in HS2AS, and how their interest in the arts has developed.
Delia Cadman, Cooper Union
My work often borrows from art history to raise questions about how we live in our own time. I am interested in exploring the relationship between the individual and society. I am very passionate about painting, but often I find that other mediums are more conducive to expressing my ideas.
Pierre Fajardo, Fashion Institute of Technology
I joined HS2AS to enhance my skills and understanding of art. HS2AS has helped me translate my personal thoughts and experiences. When making self-portraits, I focus on identity and its hidden aspects as a way to communicate intimacy. I've been exposed to different media and their different uses and limitations. Overall, I'm still finding ways to effectively express original ideas and relate them to others, not just myself.
Esmé Bleecker-Adams, Fordham University
My first session of HS2AS was summer 2015, and I love it here. Mostly I like drawing and painting, as well as amateur sewing, and absolutely anything involving bright colors. I am inspired by Sol LeWitt and am in love with Impressionism, and when I grow up I want to be an art teacher.
On Wednesday, April 26, we hosted our monthly Creative Conversations meeting at the SUNY Educational Opportunity Center in Jamaica, Queens. We were joined by Sante Antonelli of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. Check out our latest podcast with Clocktower Radio from the meeting: