The Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1966. The mission of the Queens Council on the Arts is to foster and develop the arts in Queens County and to support individual artists and arts organizations in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community. QCA is now part of the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, Queens.

For more information, contact us at info@queenscouncilarts.org or give us a call at 347-505-3010

About the Artist Commissioning Program

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few. 


Applying as an Artist

ACP will actively support artists who will create works that fill gaps in American culture. As an artist, you will be paired with a cohort of "art producers," or Queens-based community members and art lovers. This group  will support you throughout your project's development from inception to completion. 


**Before applying, please thoroughly review our program information and application guidelines.


Questions?

Technical questions: Technical issues with the online application form or questions about logging into submittable must be directed to support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264. 

Program Questions: If your question was not addressed on ACP's program page or FAQ page, other questions can be directed to Artist Commissioning Program Manager Kelly Olshan at kolshan@queenscouncilarts.org or (347) 505.3016. 

About the Artist Commissioning Program

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) awards Queens-based choreographers, playwrights, and composers $10,000 each towards the creation of a new, original work. This program democratizes the traditional commissioning process, which has historically been reserved for a privileged few, by enabling local community members, or art producers, to award $10,000 ACP's funding priority is to actively support artists who will create works that fill gaps in American culture. 


The Role of an Art Producer

QCA is seeking Queens-based individuals with a passion for the arts to be selected as Art Producers for the Artist Commissioning Program (ACP). An Art Producer can be a community member, art lover, or an artist with a passion for the arts.

As an Art Producer, you will:

  • Be part of a commissioning process and experience the creative process of an artist
  • Support Queens artists who create inclusive new performance works that reflect authentic, diverse cultural backgrounds and stories by commissioning two new plays, musical scores, and/or choreographic works
  • Participate in thoughtful discussions about where the gaps in American cultural gaps are, and select the diverse stories you believe are not being told in a panel process
  • Participate in monthly art events, as well as the artists’ dress rehearsals and world premieres
  • Become part of a new arts support culture of Queens artists, patrons and audiences
  • Grow widespread recognition of Queens as a place where artists are supported to contribute works to the American canon


**Before applying, please thoroughly review our program information and application guidelines.


Questions?

Technical questions: Technical issues with the online application form or questions about logging into submittable must be directed to support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264. 

Program Questions: If your question was not addressed on ACP's program page or FAQ page, other questions can be directed to Artist Commissioning Program Manager Kelly Olshan at kolshan@queenscouncilarts.org or (347) 505.3016.

The Art Access Grant supports:
 

  1. Queens community-based nonprofit organizations offering cultural activities. These are project-based grants, so even non-arts organizations can apply, as long as projects provide cultural or arts programming to the public in Queens.
  2. If you are not a nonprofit organization, you can still apply by partnering with a community-based nonprofit organization acting as your fiscal sponsor.
  3. Individual artists are not eligible to apply for this grant.


 Project Funding is available for:
 

  • Performance, literary, media and visual arts projects that include a public component that benefit the Queens communities.
  • Projects that increase overall cultural awareness in the community.
  • Queens-based nonprofit organizations of various ethnic, social, and geographic areas providing arts and cultural programming.
  • Arts and cultural activities taking place within Queens in the 2019 calendar year.
  • Grant funds can be used for: 
  1. Artists' fees
  2. Direct administration costs
  3. Marketing and publicity costs
  4. Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project

 Applications must show how the requested funds will:
 

  • Strengthen community bonds
  • Increase overall awareness and greater access to cultural activities in Queens
  • Advance the applicant organization’s mission

 

To review more of the guidelines, please access this link

Any questions? Email Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager at dbamba@queenscouncilarts.org

The Community Arts Grant supports:

  1. Queens community-based nonprofit organizations offering cultural activities. These are project-based grants, so even non-arts organizations can apply, as long as projects provide cultural or arts programming
  2. Artist collectives working in partnership with Queens-based organizations.
  3. Individual artists working in partnership with nonprofit Queens-based community organizations.

Project Funding is available for: 

  • Performance, literary, media and visual arts projects that include a public component that benefit the Queens communities.
  • Arts and cultural activities taking place within Queens in the 2019 calendar year.
  • Grant funds can be used for:
  1. Artists' fees
  2. Direct administration costs
  3. Marketing and publicity costs
  4. Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project

Applications must show how the requested funds will:

  • Strengthen community bonds
  • Increase overall awareness and greater access to cultural activities in Queens
  • Advance the applicant organization’s mission


To review more of the guidelines, please access this link

Any questions? Email Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager at dbamba@queenscouncilarts.org

The New Work Grant supports:

 

  • Individual artists that live in Queens or have their artist studio in Queens, for the creation of new work that contributes to the cultural life of the borough.

 

 Project Funding is available for:

 

  • Queens-based individual artists for the creation of new work. New work is defined as work that has not been produced or presented to an audience before.
  • Collaborations between artists. One artist will take the lead on the application and will be reviewed as one project.
  • This is open to artists of all disciplines: Visual artists working in all mediums including fiber, painting, printmaking and sculpture, folk arts/traditional, graphics, photography, film/video, media arts, composers, choreographers, playwrights, literary artists, poets and spoken word artists.
  • Projects culminating in an exhibition or presentation in the 2019 calendar year that are accessible and engage the general public of Queens
  • Grant funds can be used for: 

 

  1. Artists' fees
  2. Marketing and publicity costs
  3. Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project
     


 To review more of the guidelines, please access this link

Any questions? Email Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager at dbamba@queenscouncilarts.org

ROCKAWAY VILLAGE PUBLIC ART COMMISSION                

Calling All Queens Artists

Application Deadline extended until September 30


On behalf of Phipps Houses, Queens Council on the Arts seeks artist proposals to create a work of public art. A $100,000 commission, this work is for a public plaza to be built as part of a large affordable housing community in Downtown Far Rockaway, Queens by Phipps Houses.

Phipps Houses is the nation's oldest and one of its largest not-for-profit developer/owners and managers of affordable housing. Its mission is to create and sustain enduring communities through housing development, attentive property management, and residential- and community-based human services in New York City neighborhoods.


The Site and Project 


The project site, located within the Downtown Far Rockaway community, will be developed with 1,700 units of affordable housing. Rockaway Village will transform the now largely vacant 9 acre site bound by Mott Avenue to the south, Redfern to the west, Nameoke Avenue to the north and Central Avenue to the east. The site is located directly across from the A train terminus (Far Rockaway Mott Ave. Station) to the west and the terminus of the LIRR Far Rockaway branch to the north. Mott and Central Avenues are active commercial streets. 

Rockaway Village will be a mixed use development, complete with rental apartments, stores, and community facilities; it will be built in three phases. The architect is Marvel Architects. The first phase will be comprised of three buildings and 700 apartments, the “Village Plaza”, and a pedestrian way – a “Village Lane” – through the spine of the development. The project is being financed by a mix of private and public funding sources.


The Plaza 


A critical component of the Rockaway Village development will be the Village Plaza, named the Stark Family Plaza, a 23,000 square foot public area at the Mott Street entrance of the development. It will provide much needed public open space and widened sidewalks along the area’s most heavily used arterial street, Mott Avenue. The plaza will also link to new streetscapes which will lead pedestrians along Village Lane toward the Long Island Railroad on the north end of the site. The Stark Family Plaza will be a significant community resource and an integral design feature in the new development. There will be residential and retail entrances on the Stark Family Plaza and the Village Lane. The plaza design, through attractive plantings, seating, lighting and circulation paths, is intended to invite pedestrians into the space. 

Attached is a schematic of the community illustrating the three phases of the development and the plaza design concept.


Selection Process and Timeline


Queens Council on the Arts has been engaged by Phipps Houses to assist in identifying professional artists who may be interested in creating the public art for this new community, and to assist in the artist selection process. The artwork chosen for the site will need to be durable and suitable for an outdoor space in a highly trafficked area; it is desirable for the work to provide a special identity to the gateway to this community.

Artists who work in, live in, or have a significant connection to Queens are eligible; artists must be at least 21 years of age and a New York City resident. 

Queens Arts Council will review all submissions and shortlist a large group of artists for an Advisory Panel to review. The Panel will then recommend up to five finalists to submit proposals for the site. Finalists will be paid $500 each to create a proposal. The winning artist will receive the commission in lieu of the proposal fee. The Advisory Panel will be comprised of representatives of the community, Phipps Houses, Marvel Architects, and persons knowledgeable in the arts. 

The Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art is able to provide technical assistance, in particular for fabrication and installation, to artists chosen to submit proposals for the site. 

The artists’ proposals for the site will be reviewed by the Panel, the recommendations of which will guide Phipps’ selection of the artist to be awarded the commission and create the work for the Plaza.


The Award


This is a $100,000 public art commission. This award includes the following:  

  • An artist’s fee
  • Fabrication services
  • Delivery and installation coordination


Timeline: 


August 20 – September 23, 2018

You are invited to e-mail any questions you have to info@queenscouncilarts.org. All questions and answers will be posted on https://www.queenscouncilarts.org/phipps/ 

September 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM

Deadline for artists to submit applications.

October 1, 2018 – October 5th: Application Review

All applications are reviewed by Queens Council on the Arts.  

Mid October, 2018: First Advisory Panel Meeting

The Queens Council on the Arts will assist the Advisory Panel in its review of artist submissions. Up to five artists will be selected and invited to submit a proposal for the site. Selected artists will be notified shortly thereafter; selected artists will be given until December 11 to develop their proposals and prepare for an interview by the panel. Artists will be expected to consult with Marvel Architects in developing their proposals and may consult with DCA Percent for Art staff for technical assistance. DCA staff will tailor its assistance to the needs of the selected finalists

Once the finalists are selected, there will be an Artist Orientation session and site visit to provide all available project information to the finalists so it may inform their proposals

December 11, 2018: Second Panel Meeting

The five selected artists will present their proposals and accompanying material to the Advisory Panel. An artist is preliminarily selected and given time to finalize design, in consultation with Marvel Architects and the Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program 

March 1, 2019   

Artist is awarded contract to fabricate work. Artist will be required to generate an execution plan, provide updates to and coordinate with Marvel Architects on a scheduled periodic basis until artwork is complete

2020     

Artist must be prepared to deliver completed artwork sometime in 2020, the specific date to be determined by Marvel Architects once construction has started on the project and a completion schedule is in hand. 

Spring 2021: Completion of Phase 1 Construction 

Note: Artist will be responsible for delivering the artwork to the site and working with Marvel Architects to coordinate installation logistics and adhere to plaza construction timeline. 


Questions & More Information


For more information, please see: https://www.queenscouncilarts.org/phipps/

You are invited to e-mail any questions you have to info@queenscouncilarts.org. 

Queens Council on the Arts