What Does QCA Mean to Valerie?

Describe your involvement in QCA. What have you participated in?

There was a grant I applied for and then they contacted me about opportunities. For example, I worked with them as a LEAP moderator. I’ve also been a panelist as a grantee. It’s nice to be part of a growing relationship that lets you grow in different directions.

How has QCA helped you grow both professionally and personally?

I’ve been active with QCA since I opened my studio. It has been great to have a borough organization act as a support system from the beginning. I feel like they have been really open, supportive, and enthusiastic, and when you do something new it’s nice to feel that.

Is there a specific takeaway from your time at QCA so far?

It helped me get involved with the community and inspired me to do my best to support other artists. More dancers are getting involved in Queens, and that’s because QCA helped me build visibility with Green Space. Now I’m getting calls all the time, whether they are about Dance Entropy or renting the studio.

When you opened Green Space, what drew you to Queens?

There was a need for a studio here. It was foreshadowing of the growth of the neighborhood. I knew it was a risk, but I did my research. You can’t just open a studio—it’s a huge commitment. When I moved here I was already involved in the business, but I learned so much in the process.

What are you looking forward to about growing with QCA in the future?

Now that QCA’s office is in Astoria, it will be more accessible and visible. Artists will grow around that. A lot of artists are isolated, but now more people will be involved and do more to support.

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