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. 



WHO CAN SERVE AS A PANELIST?

Queens Arts Fund (QAF) panelists are artists, cultural workers, and community leaders who have knowledge and familiarity of Queens neighborhoods and communities. 

QCA strives to create a fair and impartial panel environment that is representative of the diversity of the borough and seeks to craft panels that are diverse in terms of ethnicity, gender, age, culture, geographic representation, and artistic focus.

Selected panelists will need access to a computer that has video conferencing capabilities and stable internet connection.  

Panelists receive a small honorarium for their time and service.

HOW DOES THE PEER REVIEW PROCESS WORK?

QAF staff review all applications for eligibility and completeness following the application deadline in February 2022. Ineligible or incomplete applications will be eliminated from consideration and will not be reviewed by panelists.

Applications are reviewed each year by peer review panels in the context of: evaluation criteria, available funding and funding priorities, and competitive evaluation against other 2022 applicants. Panelists carefully review and pre-score 20 to 30 applications and participate in (virtual) panel review sessions in the Spring. This peer review process determines the distribution of grant funds to QAF applicants.

Deliberations are based only on the information and materials contained in the application; additional information presented after the application deadline will not be accepted or considered.

Panel recommendations are presented to Queens Council on the Arts’ Board of Trustees for review, who has final approval. QCA staff administer QAF grants and facilitate the panel review process. QCA staff do not state opinions or make recommendations during panel deliberations.

WHAT'S THE TIMELINE?

Selected panelist nominees will be notified in early March 2022. Panelists will attend a panel orientation session and pre-review applications on their own in March 2022, and meet for a virtual panel meeting in April or May 2022. 

HOW DO SUBMIT MY PANELIST NOMINATION?

If you are interested in serving as a panelist (or if you would like to nominate someone else) please use your Submittable account (or create one) and complete the form below!

QCA staff will review all nominations and reach out to selected panelists in March 2022.

The  New Work Grant supports emerging Queens-based individual artists, collaborations between artists, and unincorporated artist collectives of all artistic disciplines in their creation and public sharing of “new work” — work that has not been produced or work-in-progress that has not been presented to a public audience before. 

New Work Grants offer project-based financial support and are awarded at $3,000.

The New Work Grant supports:

  • Artists who live in Queens or who have a full-time studio lease in Queens (PO boxes are not
    accepted)
  • Artist collectives or collaborations must designate a Queens-based artist as the “lead applicant” who applies on behalf
    of the group and meets all eligibility requirements
  • Artists working in any discipline - visual, literary or performing art forms
  •  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

Fiscal sponsorship is not required for the New Work Grant.

Project Funding is available for:

  • Proposed projects must include a public component that takes place in Queens* within the 2022 calendar year and provides Queens  community members with the opportunity to experience dynamic, easily accessible arts and cultural events. Public Components can include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, performances, festivals, screenings, readings, workshops, interactive virtual experiences.
  • Projects that are free or sliding-scale to participate in, whose public events or programs are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act will be prioritized in the 2022 panel review process.
  • Public components may be held in-person, virtually, or combination of both. All presentations and events taking place virtually must include some type of live component and must be targeted towards local Queens audiences or participants.

Before applying, please review the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, accessible via QCA's website, linked here.

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.
  • Grant Questions: Questions can be directed to QAF Staff at mrosen@queenscouncilarts.org


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 community-based organizations and collectives in their efforts to produce public arts and cultural programs in all artistic disciplines that bolster the cultural vibrancy of the Queens communities and neighborhoods where they are located and operate.

Priority is given to organizations that have limited access to existing funding sources, whose primary mission is to produce cultural activities that center under-resourced communities, and/or preserve cultural traditions or produce contemporary creative expression of cultural ethnicity.

The Arts Access Grant supports:

  • Small-budget Queens community-based organizations with IRS 501c3 nonprofit status.
  • Queens community-based organizations that do not have 501c3 nonprofit status or unincorporated artist collectives that partner with a NYC-based 501c3 nonprofit who will act as their fiscal sponsor.
  • These are project-based grants: non-arts organizations can apply as long as proposed projects provide cultural or arts programming.

Project Funding is available for:

  • Proposed projects must include a public component that takes place in Queens* within the 2022 calendar year and provides Queens  community members with the opportunity to experience dynamic, easily accessible arts and cultural events. Public Components can include, but are not limited to: exhibitions, performances, festivals, screenings, readings, workshops.
  • Projects that are free or sliding-scale to participate in, whose public events or programs are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act will be prioritized in the 2022 panel review process.
  •  Artist-driven projects that are collaborative between artists and/or organizations are prioritized as well. QAF strongly supports the payment of fair artist compensation and suggests referencing https://wageforwork.com/ to determine fair compensation.
  • Public components may be held in-person, virtually, or combination of both. All presentations and events taking place virtually must include some type of live component and must be targeted towards local Queens audiences or participants. 

Before applying, please review the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, accessible via QCA's website, linked here.

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.
  • Grant Questions: Questions can be directed to QAF Staff at mrosen@queenscouncilarts.org


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

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 2022 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 art making.
  • Visiting Artist Workshops: Learn from visiting artists working in the field, who conduct art making 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. This showcase will take place at Queen’s Council on the Arts’ 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 19 - June 4, 2022. Classes meet on Saturdays from 10am - 3pm EST.
  • Location: Classes will take in person at Queens Council on the Arts at 5-11 47th Avenue in Long Island City. 
  • Free Program: This program is entirely free. If admitted, all students attend the program on a full scholarship. Art supplies, metro cards, 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!

Queens Council on the Arts