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November, 2018

Forest Hills

NYC lawmakers pay tribute to Stan Lee

Forest Hills

NYC lawmakers pay tribute to Stan Lee

New York City lawmakers were among the millions who paid their respects to comic book legend Stan Lee, who died on Veterans Day in Los Angeles. Comment
Jackson Heights

Queens World Film Festival presents Woodside fundraiser for its Young Filmmakers Program

Katha Cato is going back to her roots. Comment

Queens Museum names new president, executive director

Officials at the Queens Museum are reaching across the pond to fill the institution’s leadership void. Comments (1)

October, 2018

Long Island City

Long Island City exhibit features contemporary art from global LGBTQ artists

Mark for Redaction, a group exhibition currently on display in Long Island City at the Flux Factory through Nov. 11, is showcasing contemporary art from self-identified LGBTQ people who have ties to southwest Asia, North Africa and the respective diaspora. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights artists bring work to Manhattan

Alex Poots, the artistic director and CEO of the new Manhattan art venue The Shed, announced last week that 52 artists and collectives across disciplines have been selected as part of the venue’s inaugural open call and will create projects that are expected to be presented in late spring 2019 and in 2020. Comment

Queens Arts Fund to offer grants to artists, nonprofit organizations

The Queens Council on the Arts announced Oct. 1 it will distribute $527,600 in grants to individual artists and nonprofit organizations. Comment
Rosedale ►Video

Vivica A. Fox offers advice to youth trying to make it in Tinseltown

Dozens of diehard fans came out to celebrate with Vivica A. Fox at an exclusive pre-party bash last weekend in Rosedale for a book signing of the actress’ memoir, “Every Day I’m Hustling,” at the fusion restaurant Pa-Nash Eurosoul. Comments (2)
Long Island City locale’s Rainforest Art Foundation held its opening reception last Friday with a focus on seasoned and accomplished artists over the age of 80 who are still producing work in relation to the foundation’s mission. Comments (1)

Bayside Shield Institute hosts sixth annual fashion show

The Bayside Shield Institute hosted its sixth annual fashion show last week as models with intellectual and developmental disabilities walked the runway in hand-designed outfits reflecting New York City’s iconic locations. Comment

September, 2018


Bayside artist’s work to be showcased in Italy

Clare Stokolosa, a former Long Island City resident who now lives in Bayside, is having her first solo show in Tuscany, Italy, at the hall of Teatro Signorelli in October. Comments (1)
Art “speaks to the aesthetic heart,” according to Kew Gardens potter Sheila Blunt. Comment
Queens artists are creating a colorful cry for justice at the third annual Social Justice Art Exhibit, currently on display at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning. Comments (1)
This fall, York College’s Performing Arts Center will tackle the topic of immigration when they present Jamaican writer Aston Cooke’s play “Single Entry.” Comments (1)

Flushing Bound exhibit astounds

Flushing Town Hall’s “Flushing Bound” event last week included an art reception in the venue’s gallery, music performed by jazz group “Since When?” and a Queensboro Dance Festival event in the theatre. Comment

Queens-based artists set to showcase work throughout borough

Winners of the first Artist Commission Program from the Queens Council on the Arts will premiere their work throughout September at Queens Theatre, Viva la Comida and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Comment

Flushing Town Hall unveils lineup for 40th anniversary season

Flushing Town Hall launched its 40th season last week with a preview of performances of Timeless Kunqu, Paquito D’Rivera, and John di Martino Trio illustrating the popular venue’s mission to offer global arts for a global community this fall and winter. Comment

Bayside Center for the Arts set to debut on Bell Boulevard

Bell Boulevard may be known for its eclectic collection of diverse restaurants and bars. Pretty soon, it may also become the next creative hub for arts and entertainment. Comments (1)

Celebrate Lewis Latimer’s 170th birthday in Flushing

There are many reasons to celebrate Lewis H. Latimer, an African-American inventor, poet and painter, who was born on Sept. 4, 1848 and became an electrical pioneer working with three of the greatest scientific innovators in American history: Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram Maxim and Thomas Edison. Comment

August, 2018


Enjoy local art, music and dance at ‘Flushing Bound’ exhibition

You can call it an arts “montage” on steroids. Comment

QCA searching to add diverse artists

Queens Council on the Arts is launching year two of its Artistic Commissioning Program and is seeking new artists and art producers. Comment

Queens Botanical Garden celebrates Taiwanese culture with orchid exhibit

Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing celebrated its Fifth Annual Orchid Exhibit last week with a stunning exotic display of over 400 pots of exquisite Taiwanese orchids which was open to the public to participate in fun orchid arts activities while learning about Taiwanese culture. Comment

‘Discover Flushing’ tour invites US Open visitors to explore town’s features

Flushing community leaders are hoping visitors to the US Open Tennis Championship inn Flushing Meadows Corona Park will experience a love match of their own. Comment

Local artist’s work featured on digital art wall in Jamaica

A digital art wall was installed in Jamaica in front of the 165th Street Mall and the first person to have her work displayed was Jamaica artist Jocelyn Goode of CultureCocoa Arthouse, a non-profit that provides art and graphic design classes to kids who otherwise would not be able to afford them. Comments (2)

JPAC celebrates the music, art, and culture of the Caribbean

The Jamaica Performing Arts Center will hold a cultural festival on its front lawn in Jamaica called Spirit of the Caribbean from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Comment

July, 2018

Long Island City

Women’s art highlights strength, diversity in Long Island City exhibit

An art exhibition of small works sponsored by Women in the Arts Foundation Inc. will be featured at the Citi Center for Culture Community Cases at One Court Square in Long Island City from July 23 to Sept. 23, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Comments (1)

Q.E.D.’s newest artist-in-residence uses art to share his unique views

Picasso viewed his world unlike anyone else on the planet. Comments (1)

Flushing-born Native American keeps her family heritage alive

Donna Gentle Spirit Barron, a Matinecock/Montaukett Indian who is the published author of five books about the life of her Matinecock ancestors of Little Neck and the family historian of her people. She continues to fight for the truth to be told and to keep her family’s heritage alive. Comments (3)

Daughter fulfills late mother’s dream with Haiku children’s book

A new book by a late Queens teacher gives a career’s worth of poetry life with Haikus accompanied by vibrant illustrations. Comment

Flushing musician cherishes her Puerto Rican roots

SONI withanEYE is an artist from Flushing who is mixing genres of hip-hop, rock, funk, soul, new wave and more in her debut album “Rebel,” which was released in April. Comment

June, 2018


Su-Casa Residency artists showcase their work at program-ending finale

Participants of the Su-Casa Residency Program at the Theodora Jackson Adult Center showcased their artwork in a program-ending finale last week. Comments (1)
Far Rockaway

Far Rockaway writer self-publishes book for caregivers of loved ones

Tori Dajuan is a Far Rockaway author who self-published the book “You Are Not Alone,” which is about being a caregiver for her mother who lost her second battle with breast cancer last year. Comments (6)

Maria Grasso honored at Queens Botanical Garden’s Rose Gala

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) recognized Maria A. Grasso for her commitment to Queens and the Flushing community at the Queens Botanical Garden’s Rose Gala last week at 43-50 Main St. in Flushing. Comment
Hosting topical symposia puts the vital relationship between the Queens Museum and the local Haitian community on display. Comment
The Welling Court Mural Project kicked off its ninth year in an ongoing effort to beautify the mostly industrial community centered around 12th Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria. Comments (1)
On June 9, 1958, Jonathan Kane’s father took a photo that would represent Harlem’s jazz culture in publications around the world for decades to come. Comments (1)

Transforming junk to art at Socrates Sculpture Park

Once an abandoned landfill and illegal dumpsite, Socrates Sculpture Park is now a venue for art, music and the joy of the view of the New York skyline. Sculptor Virginia Overton made use of what one would see as “junk” to create her solo exhibition, “Built.” Comment

Art in the Parks program kicks off throughout the borough

With warm weather approaching, it is the perfect time to visit local parks. Further adding to the fun is the city Parks Department’s public art program, Art in the Parks, which announced new outdoor exhibitions at Forest Park, Lewis H. Latimer House and MacDonald Park. Comments (13)

Queens winners crowned in city design contest

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Public Design Commission announced the 11 winners of this year’s 36th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, including two from Queens. Comment

Flushing Town Hall receives $10,000 grant

Flushing Town Hall has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Keith Haring Foundation to support Global Arts for Global Kids, an arts education public program. Comment

May, 2018


Flushing Town Hall receives grant for performing arts program

Flushing Town Hall received an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that will provide funding for its educational performing arts programming. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City restaurant gives local art a home

Dan Dougherty and his bother, Shaun — the owners of Crescent Grill restaurant in Long Island City — are proud to house local art in their eatery as part of the LIC Arts Open. The Crescent Grill — located at 38-40 Crescent St. — features its own art venue, known as Dougherty Gallery. Comment

Andrean Players’ production of ‘Annie!’ comes to Broadway-Flushing

A persevering performing arts group based out of Broadway-Flushing is getting a boost from a larger foundation to bring the musical “Annie” to the stage of St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Church throughout the month of May and looks toward the long-term survival and revival of small productions. Comments (2)
Two Queens artists have their work on display at the Rainforest Art Foundation’s “Nature in Art By Young Artists” exhibit. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens exhibit shows that local art has a home

Kew Gardens is a place where art has a home. Comment

Special exhibit highlights ethnic “gifts” brought by artists from their homelands

They crossed over the Queensboro Bridge from the World’s Borough bearing gifts. Comment

April, 2018

Long Island City

LIC Arts Open returns in May

Long Island City

LIC Arts Open returns in May

Richard Mazda is at it again. Comment

QCA offers new art residency at LaGuardia Airport

The Queens Council on the Arts has an open call for a new art residency at LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Terminal A, which will come to a close next Thursday. Comment

March, 2018


‘Nature in Art’ opens at Rainforest Art Foundation in Long Island City

For many artists putting their works on display in Long Island City, art and protecting the planet are inseparable. Comment
The co-founder of the Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City was among the hundreds of borough business and cultural leaders who trekked to Albany Tuesday to take part in the second annual Queens Day for a chance to mingle with lawmakers while showcasing the products of more than 50 food and beverage purveyors. Comment
Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights photographer will recreate father’s famous photo and pay tribute to the borough’s ethnic diversity

One of the most celebrated photographs in New York City history will be recreated here in Queens this spring. Comment
Residents came out in the hundreds for the Southern Queens Park Association’s 16th annual art exhibit at Roy Wilkins Park Family Center Sunday. Comment

Fire hits Jamaica’s Afrikan Poetry Theatre

An electrical fire consumed the second floor of a cultural center in Jamaica last weekend. Comment

Southern Queens Park Association will host 16th annual art exhibit

The Southern Queens Park Association will hold a reception for its 16th annual art exhibit at Roy Wilkins Park Family Center Sunday. Comment

February, 2018

Judge rules in favor of 5Pointz artists

The leader of the 5Pointz artists is hailing the federal judge in Brooklyn who ruled in their favor Monday, forcing developer Jerry Wolkoff to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous graffiti mecca in November 2013. Comments (1)
A federal judge in Brooklyn ruled in favor of the 5Pointz artists Monday, ordering developer Jerry Wolkoff to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous graffiti mecca in November 2013. Comments (3)

Queens Council on the Arts hosts Caribbean Carnival Gala

What would local artists and arts organizations do without Queens Council on the Arts’ ongoing support? Comment

Famous Israeli singer with an angelic voice spreads message of peace and love in Queens

Israeli singer-songwriter Achinoam Nini is a popular global artist who spreads a message of peace and love wherever she performs. Comment

QCA ArtHotel Residents announced

Kamille “OGMillie” Ejerta from Jamaica and A. King McCarty from Astoria Park were announced as the winners for the Queens Council on The Arts’ ArtHotel Residency program Monday. Comment
Long Island City

Public outpouring help keeps Secret Theatre afloat

The founder of Long Island City’s Secret Theatre had feared he would have to shut its doors for good next month after a revenue shortfall, but community support, and a cooperative landlord, have put the 99-seat venue on more stable ground. Richard Mazda, 60, blamed the vicissitudes of the economy, fear about ongoing funding for the arts, and “general 2017 malaise” for the Secret Theatre’s financial troubles. Comment

Queens Museum director resigns

Queens Museum will be getting a new director. Comments (3)

January, 2018

Long Island City

QCA will grant $465,000 to 136 artists and arts organizations

The Queens Council on the Arts, a nonprofit that supports diverse artists throughout the borough, will award $465,000 to 136 artists and art organizations at the Paper Factory Hotel on Jan. 25 during an event from 6 to 8 p.m. at 37-06 36th St., Long Island City. Comment
Long Island City

LIC gallery features Japanese knitted dolls

Long Island City

LIC gallery features Japanese knitted dolls

The Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures is the subject of the latest exhibition at Resobox, a Japanese gallery and studio at 41-26 27th St. in Long Island City. Comment

Bayside Historical Society hosts 17th Annual Winter Art Show

Lots of folks got their culture on last Sunday at the Bayside Historical Society’s 17th Annual Winter Art Show, where they viewed outstanding works by 49 local artists in the categories of painting, drawing, mixed media, three-dimensional and photography. Comment
Three Jamaica siblings, inspired by Spike Lee’s display of Brooklyn on his Netflix series “She’s Gotta Have It,” curated their own pop-up art show Saturday, “Queens Gotta Have It,” which featured 10 artists who live or went to school in Queens. The show took place at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Comment

TheNYCGrind offers chance for aspiring artists to follow their dreams

Watch closely. This is going to be an exciting year for New York City’s diverse arts scene. Comment



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