About The QAX Artists

Follow five emerging Queens artists and their creative process. Read how they think about their work, watch them in their studios and join them at their favorite local restaurants for a fabulous moveable feast.

Meet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Meet Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, a Jamaica-based Renaissance woman who is author of the poetry collection Karma’s Footsteps, a performer, York College educator, and the recipient of a Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African Diaspora. So, tell us what you are currently working on? I am currently working […]

Meet Ian Wen

Ian Wen, the Astoria-based butoh dancer and performance artist who is co-founder of de novo, a new company featuring a motley group of musicians, actors, dancers, and composers. Ian, who has performed off-Broadway, is an adjunct assistant professor in Brooklyn College’s theatre department, teaching MFA acting students movement work based on butoh and animals. Additionally, […]

Meet Nivedita ShivRaj

Meet Nivedita ShivRaj, a Flushing-based musician who hails from Chennai, India. A composer who plays the veena, a South Indian string instrument, Nivedita is also a teacher, trained Bharathanatyam dancer, and through Queens Council on the Arts, a recipient of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund for Individual Artists. […]

Meet Valerie Green

Meet Valerie Green, founder and artistic director of Long Island City-based modern dance company Dance Entropy, as well as Green Space, the beautiful 1,800-square-foot studio Dance Entropy has called home since 2005. At Green Space, which attracts a wide range of visiting choreographers, Valerie has successfully launched the performance festivals Fertile Ground, Take Root, and […]

Meet Naomi Cho

Meet Naomi Cho, a curious, thoughtful St. John’s University student whose promising career has gained a significant edge through her participation in Queens Council on the Arts’ HS2AS (High School to Art School) program. So, tell us what you’re currently working on? Concluding my first year in college, I’ve just ingested a large amount of […]