QCA's Gala 2017

After 50 years of championing the arts in Queens, Queens Council on the Arts will celebrate the borough’s artistry again at an unconventional gala inspired by the Venetian carnival tradition. In addition to the presence of renowned honorees, sculptor Joel Shapiro and photographer Tony Vaccaro, guests will experience lively entertainment including casino games, music, dancers and sketch artists. Proceeds will benefit QCA’s Emerging Artist Fund, to support artists and cultural leaders in Queens. Get your tickets now!


Knockdown Center is accessible by several convenient bus lines: Q59, Q54, B57, B38.  

We will also have a shuttle departing from the 7 train's Vernon Avenue stop (at 50th Avenue, near Jackson's Eatery) at approximately 6:30pm and 7pm. For shuttle assistance on February 16, call 347-271-2166.


To Mail in a sponsorship package

If you can not attend but wish to donate




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For more information, contact Masud Grant, Ph. 347.505.3013, development@queenscouncilarts.org




Joel Shapiro is an American sculptor renowned for his dynamic work composed of simple rectangular shapes. Shapiro shows regularly with The Pace Gallery in New York, Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris and Galerie Karsten Greve.







Tony Vaccaro  is an American photographer who is best known for his photos taken in Europe during 1944 and 1945 and in Germany immediately after World War II. After the war, he became a renowned fashion and lifestyle photographer for U.S. magazines.