The Queens Council on the Arts is throwing an Astoria style block party to celebrate our move into the Kaufman Astoria Studio community and the center of the most creative, artistic and culinary energies in the borough.
As the new kid on the block we are inviting you, our new neighbors and our artist tribes to join us for a day long party on 37th Street to kick off the start of great things happening in Astoria all summer long.
Here’s what’s happening:
WELCOME TO THE BLOCK PARTY!
Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 1:00PM – 6:00PM
QCA is hosting a BLOCK PARTY on 37th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues. Enjoy art activities, family fun, and food! Rain or Shine.
Attenborough Naftel, an artist duo from Sunnyside, will create an oversized stoop for an all day game of creative stoopball. Sure, you can sit on the stoop and sip lemonade too, or even pose for a picture.
DRIP PAINT FISHING
Freestyle Art, an artist team from Long Island City, will provide people with paintbrushes attached to fishing poles to create Jackson Pollack –ish drip paintings. They will also run Remote Control Canvas, where you can create a drawing with markers or crayons attached to cars zooming around on a large canvas on the street that you control with a remote. Gentlemen, start your engines.
MAKE IT AND TAKE IT
Materials from the Arts, one of our local creative partners, will have a table with all kinds of stuff from their endless warehouse of materials and some artists who will do a hands on activity for families and kids.
YOUR SIXTY SECONDS OF FAME
Our High School to Art School students will serve as QCA story ambassadors during the event and rotate as portrait artists creating 60 second charcoal sketches that will be signed and matted. They will be thrilled to tell you about their experience in this program and the colleges they have been accepted to. They will also be ready to talk about their aspirations and why they have chosen to pursue a career in the arts.
FOOD Participating food vendors include:
3PM – RIBBON CUTTING
Watch us snip the ribbon and mark the official opening of our new site!
Meet our friends, local elected officials and QCA board of trustees who made this event possible. Meet cool Queens artists who have successfully received a grant this year from the Queens Community Art Fund.
3:30PM – OPEN HOUSE
Welcome to our new home! Come inside and see the inside of the newest art space in Queens.
QCA staff is happy to talk to you about how we designed our new space for local artists to create networks and community.
5PM – MUSIC
What better way to end Queens Art Express with a bit of live entertainment? Join us as we go dancing in the street!
Beecher’s Fault will close out the block party.