“The concept that we can contact a line and directly find out what’s going on is appealing.” Eric Heredia, subway commuter from the South Bronx
Year 1 of the Rockefeller funded ArtXphone featured the sounds of 5 dynamic neighborhoods, 38 art venues, and 80 merchants under the No. 7 train.
“(Queens Art Express)…showcases the coming of age of Queens as a hotbed of art – especially along the No. 7 line.” NY Times
Who participated in ArtXphone? Art institutions, community leaders, local merchants and millions of subway commuters were introduced to the ArtXphone is 2010.
“Queens Council on the Arts puts cultural events just a stop away on 7 train with ArtXphone” Thu, June 10, 2010, NY DAILY NEWS Click here to read more….
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“We wanted to make sure that the Queens Art Express was really targeted towards the 400,000 riders of the 7 train, to transform commuter riders into cultural tourists.” Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts
In partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), the Queens Tourism Council and local arts organizations, individual artists and community venues, ArtXphone is an offshoot program of QCA’s award winning International Express brochure and the Queens Art Express (QAX) festival:
“Since 1999, the Queens Council on the Arts has published an International Express brochure, a guide to ethnic communities along the subway line ― Korean, Mexican, Uruguayan, Bangladeshi, Irish and on and on ― and won the line a designation as one of 16 National Millennium Trails, alongside the Appalachian Trail and Boston’s Freedom Trail of Revolutionary-era landmarks.” NYTimes City Room
Thanks to invaluable support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Metropolitan Transportation Agency, commuters, cultural tourists and the arts curious can now take an ArtXphone tour on the Queens Art Express through some of the most eclectic and artistic neighborhoods in Queens from Flushing to Long Island City. The ArtXphone connects diverse communities of artists, cultural sites and local businesses in creating unique experiences for people to enjoy.