This event is part of Queens Museum, ArtBuilt and NYC Parks, Studio in the Park – Residency #4. This six-week residency opportunity provides artists the chance to work in a 150 square foot purpose-built mobile studio situated on the lawn in front of the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and near a gateway park entrance with maximum public accessibility.
Queens Creative Solidarity (QCS)’s six-week-long Studio In The Park residency project is titled “Flushing Meadows Corona Park: What it’s Worth.” QCS aims to build and cultivate an equitable network of artists and creative people in Queens that acknowledges and respects the cultural richness already present in our neighborhoods, learning together how to be involved in community where art, art making, dignified living, learning, parenting and working conditions are an equal right for all.
The public is invited to participate in a drop-in zine making workshop and a community convseration.
1-4pm: Open Studio – Drop-in Zine Making Workshop
The What It’s Worth zine on Flushing Meadows Park is missing some important pages! Come and add your response through a drawing, text, or a photo to make the zine complete! Outside our mobile studio, we’ll have set up a workshop with all kinds of art materials for you to express your story. What it’s Worth will be released at QCS’s closing party on Sunday the 13th with free copies for people to add to their home libraries. You can learn how to make your own mini zine during the launch too! No prior experience necessary.
4–6 pm: QCS Open Meeting
Calling all community members, artists, creative people, and community organizers in Queens! How can we help each other support creative social justice in our Queens communities? What role can QCS (Queens Creative Solidarity), a new grassroots organization, play? We invite you to help us build this movement with us. We’ll spend some time introducing ourselves, discussing our values and potential actions, and then open it up for discussion, suggestions, and questions.
More Info on Mobile Studio in the Park Residency #4: Queens Creative Solidarity
Led by QCS’s steering committee that includes: Lorie Caval, Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez, Juanita Lara, Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Zahida Pirani, Sami Abu Shumays, Priscilla Stadler, and Roshani Thakore, the QCS residency will take place from October 1st to November 15, 2016. Using the mobile studio space as a platform to ask, “FMCP: What’s it worth?” QCS will encourage dialogue in a public environment that reflects our values of free and equal access across multiple dimensions. As a shared community resource which has been vulnerable to private interests in recent years, an important landmark, and the largest public gathering space in Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a living example of a space that can be protected only if varied communities come together and, recognizing its value, organize to keep it public and fully available for all to enjoy.
The Studio in the Park residency is a partnership between The Queens Museum, ArtBuilt, and NYC Parks, and takes place in a 150 square foot mobile studio situated adjacent to the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The activities of Queens Creative Solidarity will offer a variety of art projects, zine-making, music activities, poetry writing, video collaboration, opportunities for learning and dialogue, storytelling, and many more, culminating in a final event on November 13 to showcase the product of these various activities to be showcased at the Queens Museum of Art in November.
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