Hibridos Collective: Jackson Heights Arts Festival – June 22nd

Re-envisioning spaces through the arts

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When is the event?: Saturday, June 22nd (rain date: Sunday, June 23rd)
Where is the event taking place?: Diversity Plaza, 37th Road between 73rd Street and 74th Street, Jackson Heights
Website: www.hibridos.co

The Jackson Heights Arts Festival is an all-day public event with free art workshops, music, outdoor exhibitions and beautification activities to celebrate the Diversity Plaza and the local art scene. The festival is an initiative to build on the local arts community, increase the visibility of artists that live and work in the neighborhood, promote community-based arts practices and open a dialogue for empowerment through the arts. This outdoor festival provides a space for local artists to create opportunities for residents and visitors to take an active role in improving the neighborhood. Artists will reflect on the neighborhood’s cultural diversity, lifestyles, faiths and history, as well as issues related to sexual orientation, immigration, gentrification, labor and discrimination, among others. This event is part of Making {Art} Spaces, a broader effort initiated by Hibridos Collective to create public art spaces through collaboration with other artists, neighbors, and local stakeholders.

The Diversity Plaza faced usage challenges in the early stages of implementation in September 2011. Some residents and merchants expressed concern and resistance to the idea of a pedestrian plaza because of the potential harm it could have on the economic and social vitality of the area. Hibridos Collective believes that we can help change this perception and successfully implement arts and culture programming that will make this business corridor thrive in collaboration with Sukhi, a group of business owners serving as stewards of the pedestrian plaza.

Interested artists may submit proposals for art education activities and/or art exhibition opportunities addressing the topics suggested, but not limited to the description given above. Queens-based artists of all ages, skill level, and craft, especially from Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst, are strongly encouraged to apply. Find more information about how you can be part of the festival at www.hibridos.co

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