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 High School to Art School 

The High School to Art School program (HS2AS) is a free visual arts portfolio development program that provides dedicated high students with the art skills training, essay writing techniques, college application assistance and financial aid planning necessary to gain acceptance into competitive art colleges.

Eligibility 

  • Grade: High School Juniors; Sophomores considered on case-by-case base (please note juniors will be given preference)
  • Location: Teens living in the Greater New York City Area area eligible for HS2AS. Students do not need to live in Queens! 

About the Spring Session

This session is designed for high school juniors (and sophomores, on a case-by-case basis) interested in going to art college. This Spring Session will provide students with an introduction to portfolio development, focusing on building students' art vocabulary and observational drawing skills. 

The Spring 2021 Session includes:

  • Drawing Classes: Students will hone their observational drawing skills, or life drawing, through lessons on line, tone, composition, and perspective. Through peer critique and critical inquiry, they will develop a language for discussing art and artmaking.
  • Visiting Artist Workshops: Learn from visiting artists working in the field, who conduct artmaking workshops in a variety of artistic media, such as collage-making and color theory.
  • Socially Distanced Field Trips: Students will participate in outdoor, socially distanced field trips to arts and cultural institutions across the city. Prospective destinations include the Queens Botanical Garden and Socrates Sculpture Park. Attendance is optional, and students who chose to attend will be required to wear face masks.
  • Student Exhibition: The Spring Session will culminate in a student curated exhibition and celebration featuring works created during the program. Safety permitting, this showcase will take place at Queen’s Council on the Arts’ new gallery space in Long Island City.

This session will be taught by teaching artists Amanda Adams-Louis and Chantal Feitosa (HS2AS alumna). You can read more about the HS2AS teachers here.

Program Dates & Details

  • Dates and Times: The Spring Session will take place from March 20 - June 5, 2021. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10am - 3pm EST.
  • Location: Classes will take place online via zoom, with the exception of socially distanced outdoor field trips. 
  • Free Program: This program is entirely free. If admitted, all students attend the program on a full scholarship. Art supplies, metrocards, and snacks are all provided.
  • Attendance Policy: We have a strict attendance policy; students are allotted a maximum of two absences before they will be dismissed from the program.

 Next Steps (What to Expect)

  1. Email Confirmation: One you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your application did not go through. In this case, please contact support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264 to troubleshoot. 
  2. Notification (Via Email): QCA will be in touch as to the status of your application, including whether you were selected for an interview, the week of February 15, 2021. Please check your email! 

Mandatory Interview (Shortlisted Candidates Only)

  • February 27 or March 6 Mandatory Interview: Should you be invited for an interview, you must attend on either Saturday, February 27 or Saturday, March 6. Shortlisted students will be invited to sign up for a 15-minute digital interview via zoom. Applicants should soft hold one of these dates on their calendar.
  • Shortlisted Candidates Only: Please note that this is a competitive program, and we are not able to offer all applicants interviews. 

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: Have questions about the program or your application? Email or call High School to Art School Program Manager Kelly Olshan at kolshan@queenscouncilarts.org or (347) 505-3016.

Apply by February 7, 2021 11:59pm EST!

The New Work Grant supports artists that live in Queens or lease a 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, unincorporated artist collectives or collaborations, for the creation of new work (in all artistic disciplines).

  • New work is defined as work that has not been produced or presented to an audience before.

 All projects must culminate in an exhibition or presentation in the 2021 calendar year that is/are accessible and engage the general public of Queens


Grant funds can be used for:

  • Artists' fees 
  • Marketing and publicity costs 
  • Supplies and materials needed for the execution of the project
  • Venue rental for the project (general home/studio rent is not eligible)

Before applying, please review the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, accessible via this link

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund, in partnership with the City Council.

The Arts Access Grant supports:

  • Queens community-based nonprofit organizations offering cultural activities
  • Queens community-based organizations that do not have nonprofit status, but are applying through a NYC-based fiscal sponsor
  • Individual artists are not eligible to apply for this grant. Instead, they can apply to the New Work Grant.
  • These are project-based grants, so even non-arts organizations can apply, as long as projects provide cultural or arts programming.

 Project funding is available for:

  • Performing, literary, media and visual arts projects that enhance quality of life in Queens and increase overall cultural awareness in the community
  • Projects and programs by Queens-based nonprofit organizations of various ethnic, social, and geographic areas providing arts and cultural programming that are open to the public
  • Arts and cultural activities that are funded must take place in Queens during the 2021 calendar year

Before applying, please review the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, accessible via this link

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund, in partnership with the City Council.

The Community Arts Grant supports:

  • Queens community-based nonprofit organizations offering cultural activities
  • Queens community-based organizations that do not have nonprofit status, but apply through a Queens-based fiscal sponsor
  • Artist collectives working in partnership with Queens-based organizations
  • Individual artists working in partnership with a Queens-based community nonprofit organization as their fiscal sponsor. If they would like to apply without a fiscal sponsor, they can apply to the New Work Grant.
  • 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. 

 Project funding is available for:

  • Performance, literary, media and visual arts projects that include a public component that benefit the Queens communities
  • Projects and programs by Queens-based nonprofit organizations of various ethnic, social, and geographic areas providing arts and cultural programming that are open to the public
  • Arts and cultural activities that are funded must take place in Queens during the 2021 calendar year

To review the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, please access this link

This program is supported by New York State Council on the Arts, Decentralization Community Arts Program with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Queens Council on the Arts