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 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.  ACP will actively support artists who will create a new work that tells untold stories relevant to the communities of Maspeth/Ridgewood or Flushing.

Your Project Proposal

ACP's priority is to support artists who present a fresh perspective by creating work that defies the cultural mainstream, privileges underrepresented identities, and/or speaks to the cultural diversity of Queens by telling an untold story of underrepresented person(s). 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. The new work should be replicable, capable of being interpreted and produced for dance, music, or theatre by other artist(s) or third parties throughout the borough, city, and country (e.g. if a high school or off-broadway theatre wanted to produce your work, they could do so - think Summer Stock or Swan Lake). By commissioning artists to materialize such works, the ACP aims to fill gaps in American culture by actively adding to the art historical canon. In doing so, the ACP aims to create a more democratic cultural sector that is more inclusive of the diverse narratives, cultural backgrounds, and values associated with our borough and nation.

Your Team of Arts Commissioners

As an artist, you will be paired with a cohort of seven "Art Commissioners," or Queens-based and affiliated community members and art lovers. Depending on the focus on your project, you will be assigned to either the Flushing or Maspeth/Ridgewood group. These Art Commissioners are responsible for selecting your project based on its capacity to tell an untold story relevant to their community. After the panel process, they will serve in an advisory capacity and professional resource for you and your project. They will host monthly events, including art salons and group meetings, to support you throughout your project's development from inception to completion. Artist applicants are encouraged to consider how they will galvanize their team of Art Commissioners, use them as as a resource, and engage them in their creative process. 

Required Information Session

  • Please note that all applicants must attend an Information Session. To RSVP to an Information Session, please visit the Artist Commissioning Program page. Additionally, before applying, please thoroughly review our program information and application guidelines. If you absolutely cannot attend one of the scheduled information sessions, you may contact the Program Manager to request a one-on-one session. Please note one-on-one sessions are not guaranteed, and are more likely to be granted if requested at least 3 weeks ahead of the application deadline. 

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 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:

1. 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.

2. Unincorporated Artist Collectives or collaborations between multiple artists. If an artist collective or collaboration applies, one Queens-based artist will be the “lead applicant” and will need to fill out an individual application for the collective’s project. Artist collectives can only apply once for the New Work Grant.

3. Artists working in all disciplines. Project disciplines can include (but are not limited to):

  • Music
  • Theater
  • Dance
  • Film/Video
  • Literature (including Poetry and Spoken Word)
  • Visual arts (Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture and Site-Specific Installations)
  • Fiber Arts 
  • Media Arts
  • Community-Engaged Art 
  • Multidisciplinary Arts

All projects must culminate in an exhibition or presentation in the 2020 calendar year that 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)

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

Any questions? Email Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager at dbamba@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:

  • 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 2020 calendar year

Grant funds can be used for:

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

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 the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, please access this link 

Any questions? Email Dan Bamba, Grants and Residencies Manager at dbamba@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 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 2020 calendar year

Grant funds can be used for:

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

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 the full guidelines and eligibility requirements, please access this link 

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

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.

SU-CASA 2020 GUIDELINES, APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS and FACILITIES INFORMATION


ABOUT THE PROGRAM
SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists and organizations in residence at senior centers across the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides selected artists with a stipend in exchange for the creation and delivery of arts programming for seniors. The program has two components: 1) artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency, and 2) the residency will include a public program component – exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community.


SU-CASA is a collaboration among the New York City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the City's five local arts councils – Bronx Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Queens Council on the Arts and Staten Island Arts. The program is funded in FY20 by New York City Council.


This initiative seeks to connect artists with seniors in senior centers and to positively impact the well-being of older adults through arts-based activities. SU-CASA supports artists and organizations who are sensitive to the needs of older adults and who are interested in engaging their communities. Each senior center is unique and offers access to different types of spaces and resources. Selected artists will work with the senior center where they are placed to further refine project goals and coordinate a schedule for residency activities and use of facilities.    


In FY19, both individual artists and arts organizations will be eligible to participate. Individual artists may apply for SU-CASA through their local arts council; any organization that submitted an eligible FY19 Cultural Development Fund proposal may apply for SU-CASA through DCA. The program will support residencies for individuals and organizations at senior centers across the City’s 51 Council districts.


Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is proud to be part of this program on behalf of the borough of Queens. QCA will accept applications from individual artists seeking residencies at participating senior centers in Queens only.


Individual artists-in-residence will receive a stipend in the amount of $4,500, an additional $1,000 materials/supplies budget, and access to materials and supplies from Materials for the Arts. Individual artists can apply directly to participate in the program without a fiscal sponsor. Artists may apply for up to two residencies.  


All components of the application must be received no later than Friday, November 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of their application status and, if selected, which senior center they will work with, by the end of December. Residencies will take place between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020. A Kick-Off for selected artists, organizations and senior centers will be held in January 2020.
 
GUIDELINES
APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY
Queens Council on the Arts will accept applications only from individual artists. Applicants must meet the following criteria to apply:
·       Artists must be 18 years of age of older and a resident of New York City
·       Artists cannot apply for or receive funds on behalf of a non-profit organization or a for-profit entity (CDF-eligible organizations may apply directly to DCA for 2020; interested applicants should contact their DCA program officer)
·       Artists cannot be currently enrolled full-time in a degree-granting institution
·       Artists must demonstrate a residence or workspace in the borough in which they apply
Individual artists may apply to only one local arts council for consideration in only one borough. Applicants who submit proposals to multiple local arts councils will be disqualified.
Previous SU-CASA artists are eligible to apply for the 2020 program and may apply to work with a previous senior center partner and/or in one or more new centers. All returning artists must submit a complete application to be considered for placement.


PROJECT ELIGIBILITY
Applications will be accepted for projects in any artistic discipline. Projects must meet the following requirements:
 

  • Project must be cultural in nature.
  • Project must include an interactive engagement component for the senior participants at the center where the residency is held (i.e., activities such as workshops, classes, art making projects created by seniors or in collaboration with seniors, etc).
  • Project must include a public program component for the public to experience and engage with the arts at the senior center (exhibits, open houses, performances, readings or other cultural interactions that allow participating seniors to share their work with the surrounding community). The public program activities must be promoted and available at no charge to the general public. Artists are strongly encouraged to engage other members of the senior center community as part of the public program      component.

 ·       Project activities must take place between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
·       New this Year: Project activities are expected to include at 40 contact hours of activity with the seniors during the residency period.
·       Project activities, including the public component, must take place at the senior center (unless otherwise agreed to with the senior center director).
 
SELECTION PROCESS AND EVALUATION CRITERIA
Artists will be selected through a competitive review process.  Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) will review all artist applications for the borough of Queens for completeness and eligibility.  A panel comprised of representatives from the New York City Council, QCA, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Department for the Aging will review applications from individuals and organizations and recommend one placement in each pre-selected center. See the list of pre-selected centers in Queens under "Senior Center Option" in the application.

The panels will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:
·       Artistic excellence of the proposed senior engagement project
·       Potential impact on senior participants
·       Project feasibility, taking into consideration budget, timeline, available resources, and stated goals
·       Clarity and detail in the project proposal
·       Quality of the applicant’s prior work
·       Potential impact on senior center and surrounding community
Prior experience as a teaching artist, artist-in-residence, and/or working with older adults is a plus.  
Certain senior centers have identified languages spoken if they have a senior population with a significant number of bilingual, ESL or non-English speakers.  This is provided for informational purposes only.  Artists with foreign language proficiency are strongly encouraged to apply, but artists are not required to speak any language other than English.


RESIDENCY AWARD REQUIREMENTS
The residency award is a contract for services; selected artists will be subject to the following requirements:
·       Sign and return a residency agreement
·       Include funding credit and logos on all marketing and event materials, print and electronic
·       Submit event notification at least 2 – 4 weeks before your public program event(s) (a representative of QCA, DFTA or DCA  may conduct a site visit to your project)
·       Track artist contact hours with participating seniors and other evaluative data, as requested
·       Submit final report on a timely basis after completion of all project activities

Artists who do not comply with the requirements will jeopardize their funding and future grant consideration.


SU-CASA APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15, 2020


FY2020 SU-CASA PARTICIPATING SENIOR CENTERS

HANAC Angelo Petromelis Neighborhood Senior Center

KCS Flushing Neighborhood Senior Center

CPC Nan Shan Neighborhood Senior Center

Selfhelp Innovative Senior Center

Florence E. Smith Neighborhood Senior Center

SELFHELP QUEENSVIEW NORC

RAICES Astoria Neighborhood Senior Center

Holliswood Neighborhood Senior Center

Samuel Field Neighborhood Senior Center

Hillcrest Jewish Center, Inc., The

India Home

Newtown Italian Neighborhood Senior Center

QUEENS CENTER FOR GAY SENIORS

SELFHELP BIG SIX NORC

Woodside Neighborhood Senior Center

JSPOA Friendship Neighborhood Senior Center

International Towers Social Club

ROCHDALE VILLAGE NORC

Rockaway Boulevard Neighborhood Senior Center

Selfhelp Austin Street Neighborhood Senior Center

The Young Israel of Forest Hills Neighborhood Senior Center

Middle Village Neighborhood Senior Center

Peter Cardella Neighborhood Senior Center

Rochdale Neighborhood Senior Center

Wavecrest and Bayswater Neighborhood Senior Center

CCNS Seaside Neighborhood Senior Center

CCNS Woodhaven Neighborhood Senior Center

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE
If you have any questions contact:
Molaundo Jones, artservice@queenscouncilarts.org
www.queenscouncilarts.org


 



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