Our Park: Story Circle and Community Conversation
A Mobile Studio in the Park Program

Community Conversation: Our Park Stories
Join a community conversation and story circle about Flushing Meadows Corona Park! You are invited to share your experiences, memories, concerns, and hopes for the park, and join a discussion with Queens neighbors. How much Is a day in the park worth to you? This story circle workshop will help us better understand the value of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  Presented by the Five Boro Story Project, a project that brings New Yorkers together through sharing true stories and art inspired by our neighborhoods. Please RSVP here. Snacks will be provided. Location: Werwaiss Family Gallery, 2nd Floor, Queens Museum

This event is part of Queens Museum, ArtBuilt and NYC Parks, Studio in the Park – Residency #4. This six-week residency opportunity provides artists the chance to work in a 150 square foot purpose-built mobile studio situated on the lawn in front of the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and near a gateway park entrance with maximum public accessibility.

Queens Creative Solidarity (QCS)’s six-week-long Studio In The Park residency project is titled “Flushing Meadows Corona Park: What it’s Worth.”  QCS aims to build and cultivate an equitable network of artists and creative people in Queens that acknowledges and respects the cultural richness already present in our neighborhoods, learning together how to be involved in community where art, art making, dignified living, learning, parenting and working conditions are an equal right for all.

More Info on Mobile Studio in the Park Residency #4: Queens Creative Solidarity

Led by QCS’s steering committee that includes: Lorie Caval, Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez, Juanita Lara, Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, Zahida Pirani, Sami Abu Shumays, Priscilla Stadler, and Roshani Thakore, the QCS residency will take place from October 1st to November 15, 2016. Using the mobile studio space as a platform to ask, “FMCP: What’s it worth?” QCS will encourage dialogue in a public environment that reflects our values of free and equal access across multiple dimensions. As a shared community resource which has been vulnerable to private interests in recent years, an important landmark, and the largest public gathering space in Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a living example of a space that can be protected only if varied communities come together and, recognizing its value, organize to keep it public and fully available for all to enjoy.

The Studio in the Park residency is a partnership between The Queens Museum, ArtBuilt, and NYC Parks, and takes place in a 150 square foot  mobile studio situated adjacent to the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The activities of Queens Creative Solidarity will offer a variety of art projects, zine-making, music activities, poetry writing, video collaboration, opportunities for learning and dialogue, storytelling, and many more, culminating in a final event on November 13 to showcase the product of these various activities at the Queens Museum.

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