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. 

About the Artist Commissioning Program

The Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) democratizes the traditional commissioning progress by enabling local community members, or “art commissioners,” to fill gaps in American culture by awarding commissions to Queens artists. The 2021-22 ACP will fund choreographers, dance artists, and small dance organizations to tell untold stories that highlight underrepresented protagonists. By commissioning artists to materialize works that resonate with Queens communities, the ACP aims to create a cultural sector more reflective of the diversity of the borough and the nation.


  • Open to choreographers, dance artists, and small dance organizations 
  • Applicants must be Queens-based, with a current home residence (individual artists) or business address (organizations) in the borough
  • Organizations must have an annual operating budget under $250,000
  • Have not received the ACP Award before
  • Fit the project proposal guidelines as outlined below

Project Proposal Guidelines

ACP supports the creation of new work that defies the cultural mainstream, privileges underrepresented identities, and/or speaks to the cultural diversity of Queens by telling untold stories.

Your project proposal should: 

  • Highlight the stories of individual protagonists (e.g. heroine(s), hero(s), characters) in their proposed works to give underrepresented people a vision of themselves as leading characters. 
  • Be replicable, capable of being interpreted and produced for dance by third parties (artists or presenting organizations) throughout the borough, city, and country. For example, if a high school or off-broadway theatre wanted to do a production of your work, they would be able to do so.

Your Team of Arts Commissioners

Awardees will benefit from the support of five "Art Commissioners," or Queens-based community members and art lovers. These Art Commissioners will select your project, and then serve in an advisory capacity and professional resource. As an awardee, you will join this Queens-based arts community and professional development program by participating in program events, including art salons and group meetings, to support you throughout your project's development from inception to completion. 


  • Technical questions: Technical issues with the online application form or questions about logging into submittable must be directed to 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

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