Queens Council on the Arts and the Queens Museum Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program are proud to present Queens Arts Connection, a professional development event for artists to learn more about the business of art, get feedback on their work, and build networks within the artistic community. Hosted at Queens Museum, Queens Arts Connection is open to the public and will be a chance for the city’s creative minds to learn from each other and connect with experts in the arts. Artists will have access to more than a dozen leading organizations committed to advancing the arts.
Programming and activities for the day:
2 – 5 PM Tabling by leading arts organizations
2 – 3 PM Registration for speed consultations and portfolio reviews
3 – 5 PM 15-minute portfolio reviews with QM curators
3 – 5 PM 15-minute speed consultations with experts in the arts and media
5 – 7 PM Slide Slam of artwork slideshows, video, and readings
5 – 7 PM Cocktail party
Artists will have the opportunity to have their portfolios critiqued by Queens Museum curatorial staff. The speed consultations will be an opportunity for artists to engage in focused, private meetings with experts in the field. Artists will also have the chance to sign up to participate in a slide slam of their artwork. Artists are asked to bring their own tablets, laptops, or printed materials for consultants to review.
Sign ups for speed consultations and portfolio reviews will be done on site the day of the event from 2-3 PM.
Participating art service organizations include:
New York Foundation for the Arts, Kickstarter, Volunteer Lawyers of the Arts New York, Fractured Atlas, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Poets and Writers, Dance NYC, Women Makes Movies, Green Space Studio, Dance NYC, Taiwanese-American Arts Council, Local Project, Laundromat Project, Space works, Topaz Arts, Flux Factory, The Field
About Queens Arts Connection
Queens Arts Connection is a collaborative effort of Queens Council on the Arts and Queens Museum.
The Queens Arts Connection is part of QCA’s Build Your Own Business professional development series and is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support provided by Investors Foundation and Surdna Foundation.
Special thanks especially to members of the NYC Queens Delegation: The Honorable CM Costa Constantinides, 22nd District, The Honorable Karen M. Koslowitz, 29th District,The Honorable CM James Van Bramer, 26th District, The Honorable Marc Weprin, and 23rd District.
About Open A.I.R. Artist Services Program
Open A.I.R. draws on the Queens Museum’s resources, staff expertise, and networks to provide workshops and lectures that help artists grow their practice, advance their career, and develop sustainable lives as artists. Given the Museum’s commitment to socially-engaged art that crosses sectors, as well as attention to its role in neighboring communities, Open A.I.R. works to expand the notion of who is an artist and, moreover, utilizes a holistic view of how to support their potential to thrive and contribute to the cultural landscape of Queens and New York City more broadly. Tailored to artists in Queens and other outer bouroughs, Open A.I.R. prioritizes the needs of artists of color, queer artists, and immigrant artists, facilitating conversations where art meets activism, and organizing experiences that bring together artists and non-artists.
Open A.I.R. is made possible by a generous grant from The Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund. Additional support provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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