2002-01-19 / Community

Rockaway’s In A Frenzy Over QCA’s ‘ArtFrenzy’

Rockaway's In A Frenzy Over QCA's 'ArtFrenzy'

The first planning meeting of the Queens Council On The Arts' ArtFrenzy met at the Beach Club on January 15. More than 50 prominent Rockaway residents, representing at least 25 arts, theatre and community organizations, businesses, political and governmental representatives, and independent artists attended.

Queens Council On The Arts is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1966 to support, promote and develop the arts in Queens County. Its mission is to assist arts organizations and to present the diverse cultural resources to the two million residents of the borough, to residents of other boroughs, and to visitors to New York City. QCA's first ArtFrenzy, which took place in western Queens in 2001, was a resounding success in promoting the arts and culture of Long Island City, Astoria, and Sunnyside.

Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director, QCA, brought the group together to share ideas, plans, and excitement in this endeavor. The electricity reverberated throughout the room. ArtFrenzy will bring together the arts, music, and cultural diversity of the Rockaways. Until that day ArtFrenzy was just an idea and only the second to be launched in Queens. It will bring Rockaway to the forefront in the arts, will involve local artists, musicians, performers, schools, businesses, and community organizations, and will begin a season of summer events that will remain with everyone who attends. It is expected that people will attend from all over the borough and city.

In the wake of the September 11 and November 12 tragedies, QCA plans to honor those lost and those who worked so tirelessly at Ground Zero, both in Manhattan and here in Rockaway, with a Heavy Recovery Equipment Display. The walk-through component of the festival will exhibit an array of large, specialized emergency vehicles used in the recovery efforts of both Ground Zeros, and will also salute the heroic people who worked these complex emergency recovery machines to save lives. The theme of remembrance will reverberate throughout the event.

Rockaway's ArtFrenzy is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 8th and 9th and will take place in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area. "We're looking forward to sharing this wonderful natural resource with the world," said Krakauer. "The event is designed to develop community through culture and the arts. We will align our efforts with the goals of collaborating community partners to create a most comprehensive and meaningful event." In addition to providing cultural events and performances, QCA will work with local students and the school community. Presentations will happen simultaneously: studio tours, dance, theatre, arts activities, craft vendors, park walking tours and more. The Rockaway Theatre Company is planning stage performances and an opening night event in conjunction with the Rockaway Music & Arts Council. Rockaway Artists Alliance will have open galleries, sculpture garden, and is planning an exhibit of art related to 9/11. The Rockaway Museum is planning an historical NC4 display. The Rockaway Weather Station is working on an international broadcast with overseas bases. The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will take place on the same weekend on the field at Beach Channel High School.

ArtFrenzy will be the event of the year. It will kick off our summer programs and will attract people from all over the city. It will be a celebration of Rockaways talent and diversity. The Wave will update the progress as plans are finalized. Craft vendors and community organizations who want to rent display space should contact the Queens Council On The Arts for more information at (718) 647-3377.

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