2003-08-29 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance
by Susan Hartenstein
From The Artists Studio Rockaway Artists Alliance by Susan Hartenstein


REMINDER: If you are interested in applying to the 2004 Queens Com-munity Arts Fund regrants program for an individual and/or organization grant, you MUST attend an application workshop. Even if you are a re-turning applicant. Deadline for applications is October 1.

Remaining seminars:

Wednesday, September 10

5:30-7 p.m. for organizations

7:30-9 p.m. for individuals

Queens Borough Hall, Room 213

120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens.

Monday, September 22

5-7 p.m. for organizations

Langston Hughes Library and Cul-tural Center 100-01 Northern Boule-vard, Corona.

Thursday, September 25

5-7 p.m. for individuals

The Quinn Building, 4th floor, 35-20 Broadway, Astoria.

Log onto www.queenscouncilarts.org for more information. You have to be in it to win it, so if you are undecided as to whether to apply or not, at least go to a seminar to keep your options open and to learn more about what is required.

The Arts in the Schools Program of Queens Council on the Arts regrants funds from the Local Capacity Buil-ding Program of the New York State Council on the Arts. The funding is de-signed to support creative community partnerships among artists, schools and arts and cultural institutions in the borough of Queens that transform thinking and learning. All Queens public, private, parochial and charter schools Pre-K – 12 are eligible to apply for this program. The letter of intent is due October 9, 2003. The application is due November 7, 2003. For more in-formation, log onto QCA’s website.

Verizon recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) enabling the arts organization to enhance its website with video and create audio documentation that will be useful line disseminating knowledge about folk arts and traditions in Queens now and in the future. In re-cognition of this grant, QCA will host a reception acknowledging Verizon and Verizon Community Affairs Director William D. Martin. Sponsored by Sha-heen’s Restaurant at 72-09 Broad-way in Jackson Heights, Queens, the event takes place on September 18 at 2:30 PM. Interestingly, Queens has the most ethnically diverse population of any county in the nation. This has produced a deliciously diverse mixture of the arts in our borough. The proprietor of Shaheen’s, Tariq Chowdhury, is a renowned restauranteur and a distributor of the finest confectionaries in the South Asian community.

Through the month of August, RAA has an exhibit in Northfork Bank at 211 Beach 116 Street. The seascapes of Janet Dever and Mau-reen McGuire are featured. Last Stop Gourmet Shop, on 116 Street next to the subway, features prints of original watercolors by Martha Elliott Killian. The Sunset Diner and Multiviz Health Center continue to present artworks by RAA members. We thank all those local businesses for partnering with RAA to bring beauty to our neighborhood.

RAA has been in partnership with the NYPD through the Weed and Seed program. Under this program, de-signed to weed out the negative influences on youth and plant seeds of positive influence, RAA artists and local youth are creating a mural to be placed on the outer wall of the Mad-ison Boys and Girls Club. The ribbon cutting ceremony is Friday, Sep-tember 5 at 41 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Contact the RAA of-fice for the time. Our email is: rockart116@aol.com.

ARTSPLASH and DIGITAL SPLASH. September 20 to October 26. Opening reception: Sunday, September 28. Vis-ual, performing and literary artists in Fort Tilden. Stay tuned for more info.

See you at RoCA.


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