Queens Art Fund to award over $590,000 to local artists and organizations
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Aug 20, 2019 | 16141 views | 0 0 comments | 1511 1511 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(Image courtesy of 2019 Grantee, Yuki Hasegawa of Azul Dance Theater. Photo by Steven Pisano)
(Image courtesy of 2019 Grantee, Yuki Hasegawa of Azul Dance Theater. Photo by Steven Pisano)
The Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) has some exciting news for the artists of the borough.

The Queens Arts Fund (QAF) will be able to distribute $590,260 in grants to individual artists and nonprofit organizations next year.

The funding has increased from an already record year in 2019 when QCA supported the largest number of grantees to date. QCA awarded $527,60 in grants to 104 individual artists and 84 organizations for the creation of arts and cultural programming in the borough this year.

The increase in available funds for local artists and arts organizations is due in large part to additional support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), whose funding for QCA’s artist grant program increased by 17 percent over last year’s total. This increase, which has allowed QCA to provide larger grants to more artists, is due to the Mayor and City Council’s supportive CreateNYC cultural plan.

“We are pleased to work in close partnership with DCLA to support the creative community of Queens,” said QCA Executive Director Hoong Yee Krakauer.

For Queens-based nonprofit organizations, QAF offers two types of grant opportunities. The Arts Access Grant (funded by DCLA) and the Community Arts Grant (funded by NYSCA), each range from $1,000-$5,000.

These project-based grants support nonprofit organizations and artist collectives partnering with Queens community organizations to create cultural projects and arts activities that enhance the vibrancy in Queens communities and neighborhoods.

For artists, QAF offers the New Work Grant (funded by DCLA), which supports individual artists of all artistic disciplines who live or have a studio in Queens for the creation of new work.

New Work Grants are $3,000, and do not require fiscal sponsorship.

Funds cover costs for eligible projects such as projects with a public component that benefit Queens communities, arts activities taking place within Queens in the 2020 calendar year, and individual artists' costs needed for the execution of a cultural project (such as direct administration costs, marketing and publicity costs, venue rentals as well as supplies and materials).

“As I know from my 24 years working at Queens arts organizations, artists and emerging arts groups are essential to the vibrancy and social connections of the borough’s diverse communities,” said NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl. “We have increased funding for artist grants nearly fourfold citywide as part of the CreateNYC cultural plan’s commitment to supporting the creative life of New York City. We’re proud to work with Queens Council on the Arts to support Queens’ extraordinary cultural communities.”

Applications for 2020 QAF grants may be submitted online at www.queenscouncilarts.org/qaf/ until Tuesday, October 29. While the deadline is October 29, panel meetings will be held on January 2020 and application notifications will take place in February 2020.
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